Indiana’s Trusted Personal Injury Advocates Since 1963.

Indiana Motorcycle Laws

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt
ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam.

Motorcycles are a cost-effective and efficient way to get around the Indianapolis area. However, to legally ride a motorcycle in the state, bikers must meet equipment and safety gear regulations, traffic laws, and license requirements. Violations of Indiana motorcycle laws can result in fines, loss of riding privileges and could cause serious accidents. By understanding these laws, motorcyclists can improve their safety on the road and prevent devastating wrecks.

Equipment Regulations

There are specific motorcycle equipment requirements in Indiana that ensure the safety of riders and other motorists on the road. Motorcycles are required to be equipped with the following:

  • Brakes that can be operated by the hand or foot
  • Rear-view mirrors, turn signals, speedometer
  • At least one headlamp and no more than two, and follow Indiana visibility requirements
  • Handlebars, no more than 15 inches above the seat
  • Rear reflectors attached between 20 and 60 inches from the ground, and visible at night from between 100 feet and 350 feet

Failure to have these components could make a motorbike unsafe for use, putting the motorcyclists at risk of catastrophic harm.

Are Motorcycle Helmets Required in Indiana?

Motorcyclists in Indiana under the age of 18 are required to wear a helmet and eye protection. Residents with a motorcycle learner’s permit are also required to wear helmets.

Obtaining a Motorcycle License

Indiana residents must be at least 16 and a half years old to ride a motorcycle and obtain a motorcycle endorsement on their Indiana driver’s license. A motorcycle endorsement can be obtained in two ways. Indiana residents who are at least 16 years and 90 days old must complete an approved driver education course and a motorcycle safety course authorized by Ride Safe Indiana.

Indiana residents who are at least 16 years and 270 days old must pass a knowledge test if their license has been expired for over 180 days. In addition, they must pass a motorcycle knowledge test, obtain a motorcycle learner’s permit, and pass a motorcycle skills test authorized by Ride Safe Indiana.

Following the completion of these requirements, motorcyclists must also pass a vision screening or provide vision screening documentation. If you are under the age of 18, you must have a parent or guardian sign an Agreement of Financial Liability.

Insurance Requirements for Motorcyclists

To ride a motorcycle in Indiana, you must have motorcycle insurance and show proof of insurance before registering your motorcycle. The following is the minimum requirements for liability insurance:

  • $25,000 bodily injury per person
  • $50,000 for bodily injury per accident
  • $25,000 for property damage per accident

As motorcyclists are highly exposed on their bikes, it is important to get as much coverage as possible to ensure you are financially protected in the event of a wreck.

Traffic Regulations in Indiana

Motorcyclists are required to follow any traffic regulations that apply to passenger cars and other vehicles. In addition to these traffic laws, no more than two motorcyclists may drive side-by-side in a single traffic lane. Motorcycles are also entitled to the full use of the traffic lane and may not deprive another vehicle of the full use of the lane, otherwise known as lane splitting.

Contact a Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today

Motorcycles can be a fun and efficient way to travel around the state. However, it is important to know the Indiana motorcycle laws to keep yourself and others safe on the roads. If you or someone you love experienced a motorcycle accident in Indiana, contact our experienced attorneys to discuss seeking the compensation you deserve.

Related Articles

5 Essential Next Steps Book cover

I’ve Been in an Accident!
What Next?

Download our free checklist: 5 Things To Do After An Accident and find out the critical mistakes made by personal injury victims (the ones insurance companies are praying you’ll make).

5 Essential Next Steps Book cover popup

I’ve Been In An Accident! What Next?

Learn the critical steps you should take to protect yourself and support your case

To receive the checklist, please subscribe to our newsletter. 

You can unsubscribe at any time, learn more via our Privacy Policy.

Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Who we are

Our website address is:

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Who we share your data with

If you request a password reset, your IP address will be included in the reset email.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

Additional information

How we protect your data

What data breach procedures we have in place

What third parties we receive data from

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements