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Do I Need A License To Ride A Dirt Bike?

The short answer is yes.

In most cases, it is legal to operate a dirt bike on private property without a license, but some restrictions may apply in your state concerning age of the driver and the requirement of parental supervision. Special training requirements also may be in effect.

But to drive a dirt bike on a public road, some type of permit or license will be required in every state.

Age requirements and types of licenses will vary from state to state, so it is important to consult with the department of motor vehicles in your jurisdiction.

Virtually every state will require a specific motorcycle license to operate a dirt bike on a public road – and some level of training or testing is standard. Younger riders may be able to obtain a motorcycle permit that will be valid until they reach the age for obtaining a license.

In some states a special motorcycle endorsement may be available to those who already have a motor vehicle license. Again, some level of testing or training for motorcycles will be required.

Dirt bikes with engines of 50cc or less often have less stringent licensing and operating restrictions. Check with your state’s department of motor vehicles to determine if special regulations apply.

Of course, another important factor is to make sure your dirt bike is approved for public streets. This will involve a number of factors, including lights, brakes, turn indicators, exhaust control, etc.

Motorcycle licenses or permits generally are not expensive, often $50 or less. But fines and potential jail time for operating improperly can be severe.

It also is important to look into insurance for your dirt bike when operating on public roads. Requirements will vary from state to state, but having proper levels of insurance will lead to financial peace of mind.

At, we will be happy to help you find the answers to any questions concerning operation of a dirt bike on public roads. We have been delivering family fun since 1990 and feature a complete line of affordable dirt bikes and other powersports vehicles on our website. We also feature free delivery and convenient financing, as well as a full line of parts.

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