Illinois Motorcycle Licensing

Motorcycle Riding's Cool offers On-Site M Licensing to Illinois residents who complete the Basic RiderCourse with us. 

Per the Illinois Secretary of State, if you plan to take the M Licensing Exam at our facility, it must be taken within 9 months of taking the Basic RiderCourse.


All students may test up to two times, (re-tests will not be given on the same day).


Test Day Tips

To help ensure your highest likelihood of success on test day, we’ve compiled the following tips for you to keep in mind before, during, and after taking your licensing exam: 


  • Please call our office if you sign up and are unable to attend. Note: this does not apply to rain-out test dates. 
  • Please report to the riding range where you took your course for the licensing test.
  • Be sure to bring your permit and driver’s license – you cannot test without these two forms of identification.
  • Get a good night’s sleep the night before – and be sure to eat breakfast. 
  • Relax! Too much mental or physical tension will make it much harder to perform. 


  • Testing will be cancelled if there is any rain – even a light sprinkling. The pavement at the testing range must be completely dry in order for testing to take place. This is a requirement mandated by the Illinois Secretary of State. 
  • Licensing exams are administered by the Illinois Secretary of State. The examiners are not affiliated with Motorcycle Riding's Cool. All scoring and pass/fail decisions are final, and at the sole discretion of the state examiner.
  • Plan to arrive at 7:30am (unless noted otherwise).  Instructors arrive at 7:00am. Plan to stay until at least 11:00am. Typically, we are finished much sooner than this, but various conditions sometimes push back the end time. Remember: the test will only take you 5-10 minutes – the wait time is caused by bike availability and because there may be only one examiner (so only one student can be tested at a time).
  • You should have 10 – 15 minutes to warm up before taking your test (this time may be slightly shortened or extended based on availability). You will not be allowed to practice for an extended period of time.  Riders often tire and suffer from over-practicing, which results in poor test performance.
  • Choose a bike that is the same or similar to the bike that you used in class. If you feel uncomfortable with a given bike, do not use it.


If you pass:                     

  • You will be given a signed and stamped approval from the examiner. This is the original. Copies will not be issued.  To obtain your new license, take the form, your permit, and license to any Illinois DMV facility and they will issue you a new license. (Note: a fee will apply).
  • Until you obtain your new license, do not ride any motorcycle outside the limitations of your permit. The ‘pass’ sheet from the examiner will not be deemed as a viable ‘M’ license by law enforcement
  • Do not hesitate to get your new license--your pass sheet from the examiner is only valid for one year from your test date.  

If you do not pass:

  • Please contact our office to sign up for a future testing date. You will also be required to fill-out new paperwork, which will be provided to you at the time of your next test.
  • On some occasions, if you fail your test, the examiner may allow you to re-test the same day. This is purely at the discretion of the examiner. It is best to assume that you will not be allowed to re-test the same day.
  • If you cannot re-schedule, or would prefer to take the exam on your own bike, you may do so at any of the Illinois DMV facilities that perform motorcycle tests. Check for site availability.

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