FAQs About Colorado Motorcycle Endorsements and Other Colorado Motorcycle Laws

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By Scott O’Sullivan, The O’Sullivan Law Firm

As a longtime supporter and past board member of BikerDown.org, I am fortunate enough to meet many serious Colorado motorcyclists. I attend Look Twice rides, biker rallies and I even sponsor events like the Pikes Peak Bike Week.

At nearly every gathering, I’m asked questions about Colorado’s motorcycle laws. So, I thought I’d do a roundup in my blog of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that Colorado bikers ask me.

FAQ 1. What is the Difference Between a Motorcycle Endorsement and a Motorcycle License?
In a nutshell: nothing. It just depends on the state where you’re riding. In Colorado, the Division of Motor Vehicles issues endorsements to your driving license rather than separate motorcycle licenses. (Therefore, you need a Colorado driver’s license to ride a motorcycle in this state.)

FAQ 2. How Can I Get a Colorado Motorcycle Endorsement?
According to the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles, you may add a motorcycle endorsement to your license in one of two ways:

• Pass the motorcycle written exam
• Purchase a motorcycle instruction permit
• Schedule and pass a motorcycle drive skills test
• Purchase a new driver’s license to add the motorcycle endorsement 

• Complete a Motorcycle Operator Safety Training (MOST) course (See below for more on how and where to do this)
• Present your original MOST license waiver card in a driver’s license office and purchase a new driver’s license to add the motorcycle endorsement

Note: You can’t add a motorcycle endorsement by mail, online or over the phone.

To read more FAQs about motorcycle laws and endorsements, read the full story in InkSpired’s July Magazine. Additional topics covered include:

• What is the Penalty for Riding Without a Colorado Motorcycle Endorsement?
• What Are the Age Requirements for Riding a Motorcycle in Colorado?
• What Happens if I Get Pulled Over and I Don’t Have Insurance for My Motorcycle?
• Where Can I Take Motorcycle Riding Classes?



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