How to get your motorcycle licence in Canada

You want to get your motorcycle licence. How do you do it?

The answer depends by province, as road licensing is a provincial responsibility.

There are a few general principles, though. As a general rule, if you’re in Canada, you’ll have to go through some sort of graduated licencing program before you’re trusted with a full endorsement. Almost every province has some sort of motorcycle beginner’s licence, and many require a safety school as well. And most of those beginner’s licences have restrictions on night riding and taking passengers.

Every province requires riders to be covered by a motorcycle insurance policy as well.

Click through the pages below for a province-by-province description, from east to west:

10 thoughts on “How to get your motorcycle licence in Canada”

  1. Maybe check your info on the ON licence – you state in the article “You must hold your M1 licence for at least 60 days before taking a road test to advance to an M2 licence”….incorrect, you can take a recognized course anywhere in that time period, do the test within the course & be M2 qualified – the Ministry just waits until the 60 days to recognize it. Also you write “After 22 months you may then take a second road test to get your unrestricted M licence.” It is only 18 months if you take a recognized course.

    1. Nope wife and I did the Ontario M licencing and the ministry states you have your M1 for ONLY 90 days after passing the written test, but after 60 days can you take your M1 exiting test and after the 90 days are up you either have your M2/ML or you have to start the process all over again.

      1. That’s what the article says: You must hold the M1 licence for at least 60 days, but it expires after 90 days.

  2. My dad took his car test back in the 50s and the examiner said, “Oh, do you want this to be good for a motorcycle too?” When my dad said “Sure!” The examiner ticked a second box and there you go – licensed for a bike for life.

  3. I had always assumed that to get your motorcycle licence in Alberta that you just went through the same process as a regular drivers’ licence there – fill out the form on the back of the cereal box, cut it out and mail it in with your proof of purchase.
    Learn something new every day.

  4. Times have changed…my dad took his test in Windsor Ontario in the late 60’s and it was basically ride around the block from the mto office and if you made it back in 1 piece you passed

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