West Virginia has laws specifically related to motorcycle drivers. Below you will find some of the most important current motorcycle laws.
Helmet and Equipment Requirements in West Virginia
- Every motorcycle must display lighted headlamps at all times when on the highway.
- Every motorcycle must be equipped with: (1) at least 1 but not more than 2 headlamps; (2) at least 1 brake operated by hand or foot; and (3) a rearview mirror affixed to the handlebars or fairings, and adjusted so that the operator has a clear view of 200 feet.
- The operator or passengers on a motorcycle or motor-driven cycle must wear a protective helmet with a neck or chin-strap; and safety, shatter-resistant eyeglasses, eye goggles, or face shields.
- If any motorcycle is equipped with a windshield or windscreen, the windshield or windscreen must be constructed of safety, shatter-resistant material.
- It is not permissible to operate a motorcycle with handlebars or grips that are more than 15 inches higher than the uppermost part of the operator’s seat.
- An operator of a motorcycle may carry as many passengers as the vehicle or sidecar is designed for.
License Requirements for Motorcycle Riders in West Virginia
In order to operate a motorcycle on public roads in West Virginia, the driver must obtain a motorcycle endorsement. You will be required to take and pass both a knowledge test and an “on-cycle” test before you receive your endorsement. If you are under 18, you must complete a GDL Level 2 endorsement. Contact your local DMV for testing information.