Starting on July 1, 2008 the State of Florida requires that new Motorcyclists (age 16 and older) must take and pass the Basic Rider Course (BRC) through the Florida Rider Training Program before they get a "Motorcycle Only" License or can have the Motorcycle Endorsement added to their current Drivers License.
When you successfully completed the Basic Rider Course the sponsor will submit the results to the DMV electronically.
There are two types of motorcycle drivers licenses in Florida. You must have one of the following if you are going to operate a two or three wheel motorcycle that has an engine over 50 cc.
If you already have a Florida Drivers License then you can get a Motorcycle Endorsement on your current drivers license. To obtain your Motorcycle Endorsement you must show proof that you have completed the Florida Rider Program.
To get a Motorcycle Only License you must be at least 16 years old and have held a Learners Permit for at least a year with no traffic convictions. If you are age 18 or older you are not required to have held a learners permit. You must pass the standard class E operators license test that all drivers take to get a drivers license and complete the Basic Riders Course.
To operate a three wheel motorcycle you must complete the S/TEP - Sidecar / Trike Evaluation Program. This course provides basic skills for those operating three wheel motorcycles and and side car rigs.
Those who pass the Motorcycle S/TEP course will have an "S" restriction on their license. The S Restriction indicates that the person only has permission to operate a three wheeled motorcycle.
As of July 1, 2008 NO temporary permits are issued by the State of Florida.
If you are 21 years old and covered by an insurance policy with at least $10,000 in medical benefits you can get a helmet exemption. However law enforcement may stop you if you are not wearing a helmet if they believe you are under 21.
Contact your Local DMV Office.