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The scoop on motorcycle licensing in Ontario

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The scoop on motorcycle licensing in Ontario.

Want to ride a motorcycle on Ontario roads?  Here are some things you need. 

  • carry a valid M licence at all times
  • wear an approved helmet
  • have a valid owner’s permit, licence plate and insurance
  • obey traffic laws and drive safely

Woah, not so fast!  Before you hit the road, you need a licence.

To apply for a motorcycle licence in Ontario, you need to:

  • be at least 16 years old
  • pass an eye test
  • pass a written test about the rules of the road and traffic signs

After you pass your eye and written tests, you get an M1 licence. You are considered a beginner rider and need to practice riding and gain experience.  Make sure you know the conditions applicable to riding with your M1.  Refer to the website below for more information.

To graduate from M1 to M2, you’ll take a road test.  If you pass, you’ll get an M2 licence.  At this level, there are still conditions to follow, so refer to the website for more information.

Lastly, to complete full M licencing, you’ll take a final road test.  If you pass, you are fully licenced to drive a motorcycle anytime you want!

Next steps

Get your hands on the Official Motorcycle Handbook and study it.

Take any number of practice tests online to prepare for the written test.

Visit a DriveTest centre to apply for a licence and take the required tests.

Practice, practice, practice!  You’ll be feeling the wind on your face in no time!

For more information on motorcycle licencing in Ontario, please visit: