Motorcyclists didn’t just wake up one day and start riding. Bikers need to follow the same licensing criteria other motorists do. This means getting their motorcycle license.
Florida’s laws for obtaining your motorcycle license can be extensive. But once you earn your license, you’re free to ride down I-4 on a sunny afternoon.
Sadly, motorcyclists must be extra careful when riding. This is because bikers are at a higher risk of suffering severe injuries if they’re involved in an accident.
At Rubenstein Law, we make it our business to help the Florida motorcycle community and keep riders safe. For legal help after an accident or if you have questions about your Florida motorcycle license, reach out to our team. Call 800-355-3425/800-FL-Legal, or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation.
Anyone 16 or older can get their motorcycle license. But this is only as long as they meet the requirements.
If you don’t have your license, you may be eligible for a “Motorcycle Only” license. To qualify, you must be at least sixteen years old.
You must have had your Learner’s Permit for a minimum of one year. You will only qualify if, during that one year, you had zero traffic violations.
Examples of traffic violations the DMV doesn’t want to see include:
Do you have your driver’s license? Then you won’t need a “Motorcycle Only” license. You can get a motorcycle license endorsement added to your license instead.
You need to have a motorcycle license to ride a bike in Florida. Or, you could have a “Motorcycle Only” license. But before you can get this endorsement, specific criteria must be met.
The path you take depends on whether you have an existing driver’s license. If you do, your first step will be to take a Basic Rider Course. These teach the fundamentals of safe motorcycle operation, developed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. Most courses are fifteen hours.
Once you have taken this course, you will have one year to pay your endorsement fee. Make your check out to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV). After that fee has been paid, you will be a licensed Florida motorcyclist.
First and foremost, you need to prep for the written test. With a little studying it should be fairly easy to pass the 50 question, multiple choice test. Once you pass the written test, you need to pass hearing and vision tests as well.
From there, you can go on and take your BRC course. Once you pass the written, vision and hearing tests, you only need to pay your endorsement fees and you will have earned your Florida motorcycle license. Congratulations!
Some states have strict laws in place that require bikers to wear helmets. Others have none. Florida falls somewhere in the middle. Drivers under 21 must wear a helmet when operating their motorcycle. No exceptions.
Bikers who are twenty-one or older may be able to avoid having to wear a helmet. Bikers who carry motorcycle insurance are not required to wear a helmet. Let’s be clear: It is never a good idea not to wear a helmet. They help keep you safe, but they can also protect you in other ways.
Florida is a comparative fault state. If you are involved in an accident, the defense will look for ways to avoid paying you. One of these ways is by blaming you. If they can show you share fault for the accident, your award will be reduced.
Despite the fact that certain Florida bikers may not be required to wear a helmet, not wearing one shows a disregard for your own personal safety allowing the judge to find you partly at fault for your injuries.
Let’s say that you chose not to wear a helmet, and we’re struck by a driving following too closely. The jury might award you $250,000 for your suffering. But the judge finds that you are 10% at fault for your injuries. Your award would then be reduced to $225,000.
All licensed drivers in Florida must carry auto insurance. For Florida motorcyclists, you need to have the following types and amounts of coverage – especially if you don’t wear a helmet:
It’s also important to note that coverage on another car or truck you own does not provide any coverage for you on your motorcycle.
Even if you follow all the rules to get your Florida motorcycle license, the actions of a reckless driver can still cause an accident that leaves you or a loved one severely injured. At Rubenstein Law, we’re dedicated to keeping the Florida motorcycle community safe and being a resource when you need us most.