Illinois eases rules for biker licenses


Illinois motorcyclists will no longer have to complete a duplicate driver’s test and will become more visible under two new laws sponsored by State Sen. Doris Turner (D-Springfield).

“We are easing the process for motorcyclists to get their licenses without taking repetitive, unnecessary tests,” Turner said. “Removing this redundancy will simplify the process for motorcyclists, allowing them to enjoy Illinois’ roads.”

House Bill 2582 removes the requirement for a motorcyclist under 18 to complete a motorcycle driver’s examination with the secretary of state. Previously, bikers ages 16 or 17 were required to complete a Cycle Driver Testing Course provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation and an additional examination by the secretary of state.

Turner also sponsored Senate Bill 896, which allows a motorcycle to be equipped with two forward-facing electric turn signals that emit white or amber light. Two driving lights can be added that display a steady white or amber light in addition to the already required headlamps. The law also allows a motorcycle to be equipped with red light auxiliary lighting to use while braking.

The law seeks to provide clarity regarding new standard lighting on the front of motorcycles by increasing visibility of the bike and providing a clear indication of what the cyclist is doing.

“It’s important for drivers to be aware of their surroundings,” Turner said. “Allowing motorcycles to be equipped with lights and indicators will help other drivers see where they are on the road.”

The new laws took effect Jan. 1.


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