Motorcycle Safety and the Law
Safe motorcycle riding practices and cooperation from all road users will help reduce the number of fatalities and injuries on our state’s roads and highways. Because motorcycle riding laws vary from state to state, make sure you are aware of Oklahoma laws so you can ride safely and legally.
Oklahoma Motorcycle laws are governed by Title 47 O.S. § 1-135
Frequently asked questions about Oklahoma Motorcycle laws
Q: What type of endorsement do I need to operate a motorcycle legally in Oklahoma?
A: In Oklahoma to be licensed to operate a motorcycle or motor-driven cycle, you have to have an "M" endorsement on your Oklahoma Driver License. To have the endorsement added you must appear before a Driver License Examiner, present the required documentation and take a vision, written and drive test exam. If you have completed a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) course the drive test will be waived.
Drivers 17 & under are REQUIRED to take a MSF course in order to obtain an “M” endorsement. To find MSF Courses click HERE.
Q: Can someone ride with me on my motorcycle?
A: Motorcycle drivers must be 16 in order to carry passengers. The motorcycle must be equipped with 12 inch diameter or greater wheels and have a double seating device with double foot rests or an attached sidecar with dedicated seating space. (Title 47 O.S. § 11-1103)
Q: What equipment is required when I ride in Oklahoma?
A: Motorcycles must be equipped with two rearview mirrors three (3) inches or more. Drivers without windshields should wear goggles or face shield to protect the rider. Riders under eighteen (18) must wear a helmet that complies with federal standards.
[Title 47 O.S § 12-609)
Select Provisions of the Oklahoma Administrative Code and Title 47 of the Oklahoma State Statutes relating to Motorcycle Education (Note: This information is provided as a reference only. Significant statutory or administrative authorities may not be included in this summary. Failure to research this subject independently may result in significant legal and financial liabilities.)