Getting a Canadian Motorcycle License

When it comes to driving a motorcycle in Canada, regardless of whether you're doing it for fun or as a means of regular transportation, having an official Canadian motorcycle license and being safe is extremely important. Every year thousands of people across the country apply for their Canadian motorcycle license and go through their provincial or territory mandated motorcycle training programs to become responsible motorcycle drivers.

The benefits of learning how to ride a motorcycle in Canada are almost endless. With miles of gorgeous mountains, waterways and prairies to discover for yourself and cities and towns to experience, once you get your motorcycle licence, you are able to explore the entire country with a freedom unlike any other. Getting a Canada motorcycle license is the first step to being able to experience everything this country has to offer from a front row seat.

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A Canadian Motorcycle License Applies to Various Types of Vehicles

You need a valid Canadian motorcycle license to drive these motorbikes in Canada

There are four types of vehicles that require a driver to have a valid Canadian motorcycle license when driving on public roadways. Aside from the traditional motorbike, there are motor tricycles, limited-speed motorcycles (LSMs) and motor-assisted bicycles (mopeds) that fall within this category. Always make sure you have the appropriate documentation for the vehicle and adequate Canada motorcycle insurance before you head out on the road. You might also find this article: 10 tips to pass your Canadian written driving test helpful.


A motorcycle is a self-propelled vehicle with a seat for the driver and designed so that no more than three wheels are in contact with the ground when in motion. A traditional motorcycle however is usually two wheeled. In order to be legally valid a motorcycle must have a valid motorcycle license plate attached.

Motor Tricycle

A motor tricycle is a three-wheeled motorcycle which may have either two front wheels plus a back wheel, two back wheels and a front wheel or a sidecar attached to a regular motorcycle. In order to be driven on public roads, motor tricycles must have a valid motorcycle licence plate attached.

Limited-speed Motorcycle (LSM)

A limited-speed motorcycle (LSM) has a manufacturer attached compliance label and usually cannot go faster than 70 km/h. In order to drive a limited-speed motorcycle, you need a valid limited-speed motorcycle or regular motorcycle licence plate attached to the vehicle.

Motor Assisted Bicycle (Moped)

Mopeds cannot go faster than 50 km/h and are electricity/piston displacement driven. While a moped is not considered a motorcycle, it still requires a driver to hold a valid motorcycle licence, a proper registration with your provincial or territorial transportation ministry and a valid moped licence plate.

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Depending on where you live, the process of getting your Canadian motorcycle licence can differ. Choose your province or territory of residence to enable us to direct you to the proper resources.

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