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Act 126 Changes Affecting Motorcycle Learner Permits

A new law which is effective February 21, 2014 impacts anyone who wishes to obtain a motorcycle learner’s permit in Pennsylvania.

Under Act 126, signed into law by Governor Corbett on Dec. 23, 2013, a person may reapply for a motorcycle learner’s permit no more than three times in a five-year period (4 total permits within 5 years) and must successfully pass the motorcycle knowledge test each time. The law also prohibits PennDOT from renewing a person’s motorcycle learner’s permit. The goal of this legislation is to enable riders to continue to learn to ride a motorcycle properly while pushing them to actually get their motorcycle driver’s license.

Help is available to assist riders in successfully obtaining their motorcycle license. The Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program (PAMSP) offers free motorcycle safety courses to Pennsylvania residents
who have a motorcycle learner’s permit or motorcycle license. Training courses include classroom instruction and are conducted on a riding range under the supervision of certified rider coaches. Courses are available at PAMSP locations throughout Pennsylvania.