To legally operate a motorcycle on the roadway in New Jersey, you must get an endorsement on your driver’s license. The designation ensures that you understand the road laws and can safely drive these small vehicles.
Getting an endorsement requires going through certain steps. But there are two ways you can do this process.
If you are under the age of 18, this option is the only way you can add an endorsement to your driver’s license. You must complete the Basic Rider Course. The BRC is through an approved training facility. It involves taking classes for five hours and participating in 10 hours of riding training. You will receive proof of completion at the end of the course that you will then provide when seeking the endorsement addition.
You cannot add the endorsement if you are 16. You must be at least 17 years old, and if you are not yet 18, you need parental permission for the designation.
Adult riders have the option of not completing the BRC. Instead, they would need to get a permit and complete 20 days of practice riding, which is only during daylight hours. Some road restrictions apply. You also need to take a road test to secure the endorsement.
Officials do recommend using option one as it does provide valuable training that can help to ensure you are a safe rider. However, if you have taken a safety course in the past and are an adult, the second option can be a reasonable choice.