North Carolina Motorcycle Laws

motorcycle driver holding a helmet

Motorcycle laws vary from state to state. If you are a motorcyclist or are planning on becoming a motorcyclist, consult your state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Information regarding license requirements, motorcycle training, highway safety, and traffic laws can all be accessed through your local DMV office. If you live in North Carolina, contact your local NC DMV office or visit for more information regarding motorcycles and motorcycle licensing in N.C.

Here are a few things you should consider as a North Carolina resident motorcyclist:

  • North Carolina requires all motorcyclists and their passengers to wear helmets.
  • All motorcyclists should have a motorcycle endorsement. You can get a motorcycle endorsement on your regular license.
  • Motorcyclists should complete motorcycle training and pass a motorcycle driving test to obtain a motorcycle endorsement or motorcycle license in North Carolina.
  • Any motorcycle operated in NC should be considered ‘street legal’ per North Carolina standards.

 A street legal motorcycle in North Carolina must have:

  • Headlight, taillight, and brake light
  • Front and rear brakes
  • Turn signals
  • Horn
  • Two mirrors

Once you obtain proper motorcycle training and meet your state’s motorcycle licensing requirements, follow these safety tips to protect yourself and prevent motorcycle accidents.

  • Be visible.
  • Communicate your intentions. Use signals when necessary and respect other motorists.
  • Maintain adequate space cushion ‘ don’t follow too closely, only pass when you have room, etc.
  • Scan your path of travel at least 12 seconds ahead. Know what is ahead of you and act accordingly.
  • Identify and separate multiple hazards on the road.
  • Be prepared to act – Be alert and know how to use basic skills if faced with an emergency involving your motorcycle.

At Hardison & Cochran, our Raleigh motorcycle accident attorneys and staff are committed to assisting motorcycle drivers, passengers, and their families as they cope with the consequences resulting from motor vehicle accidents. We are also committed to your safety. If you have lost a friend or family member or if you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact our Raleigh motorcycle accident lawyers. Our experienced personal injury attorneys are here for you. We understand what you are going through and most importantly, we know the law. We will protect your rights. Prevention is key but protection is vital.

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