Motorcycle skills test and rider course

Motorcycle skills test

After you practice riding with your motorcycle​ instruction permit​, to get your Class M Motorcycle license you must:

  • Provide a waiver showing completion of WisDOT approved Basic Motorcycle Rider Course (BRC),  Scooter Basic Rider Course (SBRC), or 3-Wheel Basic Rider Course (3WBRC), or
  • P​​ass a Wisconsin DMV administered motorcycle driving skills test.​

For the Wisconsin DMV driving skills test, you must provide a cycle in good working order, wear eye protect​ion and wear an approved helmet.

Skills tests are conducted by appointment at DMV customer service centers located thro​ughout the state.​

Motorcycle rider courses​ are highly recommended for anyone who wants to ride a motorcycle or who wants to improve their motorcycle riding skills.

Basic motorcycle rider course

Successful completion of a Basic Motorcycle Rider Course is required for persons wanting a Class M license who:

  • Are under 18
  • Previously held three motorcycle instruction permits
  • Previously failed two WisDOT administered motorcycle skill tests

Advanced motorcycle rider course

The Advanced Motorcycle Rider course is an advanced motorcycle safety course available to persons who already have a Class M license.

Motorcycle skills test waiver program

Upon successful completion of a Basic Motorcycle Rider Course, the motorcycle riding instructor issues the student a signed Waiver Authorization form MV3575, which is usable only one time and only by the person to whom it is issued. The waiver authorization form remains valid for one year from the issuance date on the card. When other licensing requirements have been met and the waiver form is presented at the DMV customer service center, a Class M endorsement will be added to the person's driver license.

Point reduction 

Successful completion of either the Basic Rider Course or the Advanced Rider Course can also be used to reduce your driving record demerit points for motorcycle violations by up to 3 points, which you have been convicted of during the prior 12 months. A person is limited to only one point reduction every five years.

Courses are provided throughout Wisconsin and through the riding season by training sponsors​ in various locations.

Driver Information Section
P.O. Box 7983
Madison, WI 53707-7983

Email Wisconsin DMV email service​​​
Phone (608) 264-7447
Fax (608) 267-3812