New Mexico Motorcycle Licensing
Motorcycle License Endorsements, Permits, Training & Insurance
The content below is for informational purposes only and was last updated as of 5/12/2021. For the most up-to-date information, please visit https://www.mvd.newmexico.gov/.
Operating a Motorcycle in New Mexico
In order to operate a motorcycle in the state of New Mexico you must:
- Meet the state’s minimum age requirement
- Obtain an New Mexico motorcycle license endorsement (you may also need to obtain a motorcycle instruction permit)
- Register your motorcycle with the state of New Mexico
- Obtain insurance coverage that meets New Mexico state requirements
The minimum age requirement to operate a motorcycle in New Mexico is 13 years old. For specific motorcycle licensing requirements and restrictions by age group, click here.
Getting a New Mexico Motorcycle License / Endorsement
According to MVD New Mexico, in addition to meeting the requirements necessary to obtain a regular driver’s license, individuals must apply for a motorcycle license endorsement to operate a motorcycle.
Find out how to obtain a New Mexico Class M Motorcycle Only License or Class W, Y, or Z Motorcycle License Endorsement here.
Motorcycle Education & Training in New Mexico
Motorcyclists should sign up for a motorcycle safety course. In New Mexico, it is not mandatory to complete a motorcycle safety course to obtain a New Mexico Class M Motorcycle Only license or a Class W, Y or Z motorcycle license endorsement, unless the applicant is under the age of 18. To find a New Mexico Motorcycle Safety Program, click here. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) website contains operator safety information.
New Mexico Motorcycle Insurance Requirements
If you’re riding a motorcycle, you will have many of the same requirements regarding registration, licensing and insurance as automobile drivers have in New Mexico. For information about New Mexico insurance requirements, visit https://www.newmexico.gov/.
By now, you should have a good idea about how to proceed in obtaining a New Mexico motorcycle only license or license endorsement. If you are a new resident in New Mexico, or you are a new rider and you’re shopping for motorcycle insurance, click here to get a quote in minutes.
Disclaimer: The materials available at this web site are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should review the links within this article, or contact the relevant state agency, for complete and current information.
The NM MVD requires motorcyclists to have current coverage that meets the state’s minimum requirements on all registered vehicles. Before riding in New Mexico, make sure your coverage meets the state’s requirements.
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