Operating a motorcycle safely in traffic requires special skills and knowledge. This manual, with the cooperation of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, is made available to help novice motorcyclists reduce their risk of having a crash. The content of this manual was updated and expanded by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation from the original version. The original version was developed by the National Public Research Institute under contract to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration with the cooperation of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.
Alaska requires the operator of any motorcycle with an engine displacement of 50cc or more to have a Class M1 or M3 license in addition to the regular license. The M1 license is valid for all sizes and is available only to individuals who are 16 years of age or older. Motorcycles and motor scooters with engine displacement of less than 50cc can be operated with a basic driver license. A Class M2 license allows an applicant who is 14 or 15 years of age to operate a motor-driven cycle, motor-scooter, motorized bicycles, or similar conveyance with a motor attached and having an engine with less than 50 cc displacement. A Class M3 license allows the operation of three-wheeled motorcycles (trike), three wheeled motor-driven cycles, and three-wheeled motorized bicycles with an engine displacement of 50 cc or more, single or in combination with a trailer designed to be used with these vehicles.
An applicant for an M1, M2, or M3 license may have the testing requirements waived by completing a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Course and presenting the completion certificate to DMV. The certificate is valid to waive the road test for one year. The MSF scooter test is not valid for waiving the road test.
If you are under 18 years of age and obtaining your first driver or M1 or M3 license, you must have held a permit for 6 months prior to obtaining your provisional license. Please refer to the basic driver manual for more information on provisional driver licenses.
An applicant for an M1, M2, or M3 license will be required to pass two written tests and a road skill test. The first test will deal with the basic rules of the road (this test is waived if the applicant has a valid license or instruction permit). The second test is a motorcycle written test based on the information found in this manual.
After passing the written tests, applicants will be required to pass a road skills test. The applicant will be required to wear a helmet. All applicants must wear eye protection if there is not a windshield on the motorcycle used for the road skills test. Applicants must provide the motorcycle, helmet, and eye protection. The motorcycle used for testing must be appropriate for the class of license being sought. An M1 or M3 license requires that you use a motorcycle with an engine displacement of 50cc or more. Testing in a motorcycle with a sidecar qualifies for an M3 only.
Mandatory insurance and financial responsibility laws do apply to the operation of motorcycles of all types. Please refer to the basic driver manual for more information.
The object of this manual is to prepare applicants for a motorcycle license to take the required tests, and to help reduce the number of motorcycle crashes. We hope you will use this manual as an aid in safe and enjoyable riding.
State of Alaska
Division of Motor Vehicles