Riding a motorcycle can be one of the best ways to explore the natural beauty of Jacksonville, Florida. You get to take advantage of the warm weather, and there are few things better than zipping around the city on a sunny day. But before you hop on your motorcycle and ride off into the sunset, you’ll need a motorcycle license.
So how do you get a motorcycle license in Jacksonville? Read on to learn about licensing requirements and discover what documentation you’ll need to bring with you to your local licensing office.
How Our Jacksonville, Florida, Attorneys Can Help
As much fun as riding a motorcycle can be, it’s not without its risks. Every year, close to 500 motorcyclists suffer crashes in Duval County alone. Of these crashes, 32 are fatal, and another 400 cause injuries.
If you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle accident, our Jacksonville personal injury attorneys want to help. When you hire us, we can
- Investigate your claim to make sure it’s legally viable
- Gather evidence to support your side of the story, including police reports, witness statements, medical records, and more
- Defend you from insurance companies trying to blame you for the crash
- Send demand letters and negotiate with insurance companies to get you a fair settlement
- Take your case to trial if that’s what it takes to get you full compensation
Schedule a free consultation with us today to discuss the details of your case.
Motorcycle License vs. Endorsement
The first thing you need to know about motorcycle licensing in Florida is that there are two different types of license you can get: a license and an endorsement. A motorcycle license allows you to ride a motorcycle, but not any other motor vehicles. A motorcycle endorsement is an addition to your existing driver’s license that also allows you to operate a motorcycle.
Motorcycle Endorsement Requirements
In order to get a motorcycle endorsement, you need a valid Florida driver’s license. You may hold a Class A, B, C, or E (the standard) license and get a motorcycle endorsement.
Motorcycle License Requirements
If you want to get a license that exclusively allows you to ride a motorcycle, there are some extra requirements you’ll need to meet. First of all, you must be at least 15, and you can only get your learner’s permit until you’re 16. If you’re under 18, you’ll have to have your parents sign a notarized parental consent form.
General Florida License Requirements
You’ll need to take a few courses before you can get either your motorcycle license or your driver’s license. You’ll need to complete the Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education course, pass the Class E Knowledge Exam, and pass an ear and eye exam.
If you’re under 18, you’ll need to hold a learner’s permit for twelve months. During that time, you can’t be convicted of any traffic violations, and you must log at least fifty hours of driving experience, including ten hours of night driving. Your parents will need to fill out a form confirming that you logged the hours required.
Gather Your Paperwork
You’ll have to provide some documentation to get your license. You’ll need proof of identification, such as an official copy of your birth certificate or a passport. You’ll also need two proofs of your residential address (two pieces of mail with your name on them will work) and proof of your social security number (such as a social security card or W-2 form).
Make an Appointment
Once you have your paperwork together, you’ll need to make an appointment at your local driver’s license office. There are eight offices across Jacksonville that you can schedule appointments at. Appointments are available Monday through Friday between 8:30 and 4:30, and you can make your appointment online.
Take a Motorcycle Skills Course
Whether you already have a license or you’re pursuing an exclusive motorcycle license, you’ll need to take a motorcycle skills course. Florida offers two approved courses, both of which last about fifteen hours. They cover basic skills new riders will need to stay safe on the road.
The approved motorcycle skills courses cost between $99 and $300, depending on where you take them. You’ll need to wear long pants, long sleeves, and close-toed shoes that cover your ankles to the class. You’ll get a helmet, practice motorcycle, handbook, and insurance at the class, and you should plan to stay all day.
Get Representation After a Motorcycle Accident
Even once you’ve taken your motorcycle skills course, you may still wind up involved in an accident. A jaw-dropping 80 percent of motorcycle accidents result in injury or death. And unfortunately, the accident is only the beginning of the battle you’ll have to face.
Often, insurance companies will try to shift blame for a motorcycle accident to the biker in order to avoid paying them a fair settlement. A good personal injury lawyer can not only protect you from this blame, but also help you get the compensation you deserve.
Schedule a Free Consultation
If you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle accident, the attorneys at Baggett Law are ready to go to work on your case. Our attorneys have nearly seven decades of experience fighting for the citizens of Jacksonville, and we know what it takes to win your case. We’ve recovered tens of millions of dollars for our clients.
Schedule a free consultation with us today to start getting the representation you deserve in your case.