Motorcycles & Trimobiles

Helmet

Motorcyclists and passengers In Nevada are required to wear helmets that meet standards set by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

You must also hold a Class M driver's license, liability insurance and vehicle registration. These requirements vary for trimobiles, mopeds and off-highway vehicles. See the Comparison Chart below.

Getting a Motorcycle Driver License Top ↑

Nevada transfers motorcycle endorsements and Class M licenses from most other states. If you are moving to Nevada and are currently licensed in the U.S., see our New Resident Guide.

Nevada issues a Class M driver license rather than an endorsement. Both your Class A, B or C and Class M are listed on one license. See License Classes.

Add Class M to Your Existing Nevada License

You may either complete an approved course or take the DMV motorcycle written and skills tests. Riders under 18 must also comply with all of the Nevada Teen Driving requirements on age, holding a permit, etc.

Take The Course

You do not have to take the DMV written and skills tests if you complete a course certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF). Many MSF courses in Nevada are sponsored by the state's Nevada Rider program. A motorcycle is provided and no instruction permit is necessary.

Carson City Western Nevada College (775) 445-4268
Las Vegas College of Southern Nevada (702) 651-4747
Reno Truckee Meadows Community College (775) 829-9010
Rural  Nevada Rider (800) 889-8779 or (775) 684-7480

See also the MSF course listings for more locations and for courses offered by dealerships and other organizations.

Upon completion, you may bring the Certificate of Completion (MSF card) and your existing Nevada license to a DMV office to have your new license issued. If you are under 18, you must have a parent or guardian sign the financial responsibility statement on the application in person at the DMV. The DMV will accept courses up to one year after completion.

Take The Tests

If you choose to take the knowledge (written) and skills (driving) tests, you should first apply in person and take the knowledge test at a DMV Full Service Office. A $26 testing fee will apply in addition to the licensing fee. Be sure to bring your existing Nevada license, ID card or proof of identity.

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It is your choice whether to obtain a Motorcycle Instruction Permit. If you do not, you may not ride a motorcycle until you have completed the skills test. A licensed motorcycle operator will have to ride the cycle to the DMV for your skills test.

If you obtain an instruction permit, you may ride a motorcycle only under the direct visual supervision of a licensed motorcycle operator who is on a motorcycle, is at least 21 years old and has held a motorcycle license for at least one year. You may ride in daylight hours only. You may not carry passengers or drive on freeways or other high-speed roads.

You must pass the knowledge test before you schedule your skills test. Skills tests are administered by appointment. Larger offices also offer tests on a stand-by basis. Not all DMV locations offer all tests.

Please have your instruction permit number or social security number ready when you call or schedule online.

Online Scheduling
Las Vegas area (702) 486-4368
Reno/Sparks/Carson City (775) 684-4368
Elsewhere in Nevada (877) 368-7828

See Motorcycle Skills Test for a preview of the course and test requirements. Upon successful completion of the skills test, you will have your picture taken and your new license will be mailed to you.

Class M Restrictions

If you take the test on a motorcycle of less than 90cc, your license will be restricted to 90cc or less (Restriction U). If you take the test on a moped of less than 50cc, your license will be restricted to 50cc or less (Restriction Q). 

Registration Top ↑

Motorcycles and trimobiles are subject to the same registration requirements as other vehicles. You must have a properly signed-off title or Dealers Report of Sale and a Nevada Evidence of Insurance Card. If you purchased a motorcycle from a Nevada dealer, you may register it online without visiting a DMV office.

See Vehicle Registration Requirements. Motorcycles are exempt from emission inspections.

Motorcycle registrations are assessed an extra $6 fee to help fund Nevada Rider safety programs throughout the state. See the Nevada Rider website. Registration fees and governmental services taxes are calculated in the same manner as other vehicles.

"Motorcycle” means every motor vehicle equipped with a seat or a saddle for the use of the driver and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, including a power cycle but excluding a tractor and a moped. (NRS 486.041)

Off-Road to On-Road Motorcycle Conversions

An off-road motorcycle may be converted for use on Nevada public roads and highways if it meets the definition of an off-highway two wheeled motorcycle, is properly equipped and has been certified as safe to operate on Nevada public roads and highways by a Nevada licensed motorcycle dealer or Nevada registered motorcycle repair shop. See the following forms:

Trimobiles Top ↑

TrimobileTrimobiles are three-wheeled vehicles powered by one or two wheels. (A motorcycle with a sidecar, however, remains a motorcycle.)

Registration and liability insurance are required.

A Class C or higher driver's license is required to drive a trimobile. A Class M driver's license is not required.

Helmets are not required. However, glasses, goggles or a face shield are required unless the trimobile is equipped with a windscreen that meets federal standards. (NRS 486.231)

Mopeds Top ↑

“Moped” means a motor-driven scooter, motor-driven cycle or similar vehicle that is propelled by a small engine which produces not more than 2 gross brake horsepower, has a displacement of not more than 50 cubic centimeters or produces not more than 1500 watts final output, and is capable of a maximum speed of not more than 30 miles per hour on a flat surface with not more than 1 percent grade in any direction when the motor is engaged. Moped registration is now required. See Mopeds for details.

Off-Highway Vehicles Top ↑

See The Nevada Commission on Off-Highway Vehicles for registration forms and details. Most OHVs 1976 and newer must be registered.

Off-highway Vehicles
OHVs may not be driven on public streets

Any motorized vehicle which does not have the normal safety equipment such as lights and mirrors or is not built to federal vehicle standards is an off-highway vehicle and is restricted to off-highway use only. This includes all-terrain vehicles, pocket bikes, motorized scooters and snowmobiles, but does not include converted two-wheeled motorcycles.

If a vehicle was manufactured and designated for “off-road” or “non-road” use only, it may not be driven on most Nevada public streets or highways even if it has safety equipment. The designation for off-highway use is usually indicated in ownership documents, the owners manual or by a U.S. DOT label attached to the frame of the vehicle.

There are no driver license or minimum age requirements for OHVs operated off-highway. City and county governments may designate small portions of public streets for access to or from off-road areas only and some age restrictions or other requirements may apply. Properly-registered and insured large ATVs may be driven on certain highways. See the OHV Commission for details.

Sharing the Road Top ↑

Motorcycles

Motorcyclists and moped riders have the same rights and the same responsibilities as other drivers. However, there are special situations and conditions we all need to be aware of so we can safely share the road with them.

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Bicycles

When bicycles are ridden with other traffic, cyclists must obey the same rules and regulations as other types of vehicles. The safe interaction between bicyclists and motorists is the responsibility of both parties. See NRS Chapter 484B for the laws on operation of bicycles.

Motorists are not allowed to intentionally interfere with the movement of a person lawfully operating a bicycle; bicyclists may not intentionally interfere with the movement of a motor vehicle.

3 Feet for Bikes

Cyclists Should:

  • Obey the law.
  • Wear a helmet.
  • Wear brightly colored clothing.
  • Keep bikes in good repair.

Cyclists Should Not:

  • Ride on the wrong side of the road.
  • Wear a headset when riding.
  • Ride at night without required lights and reflectors.

Bicycles ridden at night must have:

  • A white lamp in the front visible from at least 500 feet away.
  • A red tail reflector visible in a vehicle’s low beams from 300 feet away.
  • Reflective material on the sides of the bike visible in low beams from at least 600 feet away or a lamp visible from both sides from 500 feet away.

Vehicle Comparison Table Top ↑

  Motorcycle Trimobile Moped Off-Highway Vehicle Electric Bicycle
Driver’s License Yes - Class M Yes - Any Class Yes - Any Class No
(unless operated on a public highway where allowed)
No
Helmet Required
(Helmet use is always suggested)
Yes No
(eye protection or windscreen is required - NRS 486.231)
No No
(unless operated on a public highway where allowed)
No
Registration Yes - at DMV or online if eligible Yes - at DMV or online if eligible Yes - at DMV only Yes - by mail only No
Liability Insurance Yes Yes No Large ATVs only No
VIN Inspection At DMV unless previously registered in NV or sold by an NV dealer At DMV if not previously registered in NV or at NV dealer upon sale At DMV or Sheriff in counties with no DMV office NV OHV dealer or law enforcement in rural areas No
Maximum Engine Size     50 cc or 1500 watts   750 watts
Maximum Horsepower     2 brake horsepower   1 brake horsepower
Maximum Speed     30 mph   20 mph
Maximum wheels on Ground 3 3 3   3
Notes Is not a moped or electric bicycle A motorcycle with a sidecar is considered a motorcycle   OHVs may not be driven on public streets except in designated areas Must have operable pedals and be generally recognized as a bicycle
Dealer Licensing Yes - Any business which sells, leases or rents any of these vehicles, except electric bicycles, must have a DMV business license. See Occupational and Business Licensing. No

Legal Definitions

NRS 482.070 “Motorcycle” defined. “Motorcycle” means every motor vehicle designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, except any such vehicle as may be included within the term “electric bicycle,” “tractor” or “moped” as defined in this chapter.

NRS 482.129 “Trimobile” defined. “Trimobile” means every motor vehicle designed to travel with three wheels in contact with the ground, at least one of which is power driven. The term does not include a motorcycle with a sidecar.

NRS 482.069 “Moped” defined. “Moped” means a motor-driven scooter, motor-driven cycle or similar vehicle that is propelled by a small engine which produces not more than 2 gross brake horsepower, has a displacement of not more than 50 cubic centimeters or produces not more than 1500 watts final output, and:

  1. Is designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground but is not a tractor; and
  2. Is capable of a maximum speed of not more than 30 miles per hour on a flat surface with not more than 1 percent grade in any direction when the motor is engaged.

The term does not include an electric bicycle.

NRS 482.0287 “Electric bicycle” defined. “Electric bicycle” means a device upon which a person may ride, having two or three wheels, or every such device generally recognized as a bicycle that has fully operable pedals and is propelled by a small electric engine which produces not more than 1 gross brake horsepower and which produces not more than 750 watts final output, and:

  1. Is designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground but is not a tractor; and
  2. Powered solely by such a small electric engine, is capable of a maximum speed of not more than 20 miles per hour on a flat surface while carrying an operator who weighs 170 pounds.

The term does not include a moped.

NRS 490.060 “Off-highway vehicle” defined.

  1. “Off-highway vehicle” means a motor vehicle that is designed primarily for off-highway and all-terrain use. The term includes, but is not limited to:
    1. An all-terrain vehicle, including, without limitation, a large all-terrain vehicle without regard to whether that large all-terrain vehicle is registered by the Department in accordance with NRS 490.0825 as a motor vehicle intended to be operated upon the highways of this State;
    2. An all-terrain motorcycle;
    3. A dune buggy;
    4. A snowmobile; and
    5. Any motor vehicle used on public lands for the purpose of recreation.
  2. The term does not include:
    1. A motor vehicle designed primarily for use in water;
    2. A motor vehicle that is registered by the Department in accordance with chapter 482 of NRS;
    3. A low-speed vehicle as defined in NRS 484B.637; or
    4. Special mobile equipment, as defined in NRS 482.123.

NRS 490.043 “Large all-terrain vehicle” defined. “Large all-terrain vehicle” means any all-terrain vehicle that includes seating capacity for at least two people abreast and:

  1. Total seating capacity for at least four people; or
  2. A truck bed.