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Old 04-04-2013, 07:50 PM   #1
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Canadian graduated licenses in the US

I wasn't sure where the best place would be to post this, but I figured fellow canadian riders might know...

Does anyone know how US states recognize an M2 from Ontario?
I'd like to take a run down to VT sometime and would be going through NY on the way, but was wondering if I'm legal there with only an M2, and if so, are there any conditions?
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:24 AM   #2
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I wasn't sure where the best place would be to post this, but I figured fellow canadian riders might know...

Does anyone know how US states recognize an M2 from Ontario?
I'd like to take a run down to VT sometime and would be going through NY on the way, but was wondering if I'm legal there with only an M2, and if so, are there any conditions?
If you're licensed to ride "your" bike in Canada, you're licensed to ride "your" bike in the States. Don't make this complicated. Just enjoy your ride to VT. Great roads for bikes there.
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Old 04-06-2013, 07:02 AM   #3
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Thanks.

Given that many states don't even recognize other states' licenses for things like CCW (Holier than anything but God), I hesitate to assume they'd recognize another countries "Learner's permit" (for all intents and purposes) as a full fledged driver's license.
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Have a great trip! What ya riding?
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I would think they would recognize it.... Just follow the same requirements you have to here!
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Old 04-06-2013, 09:55 AM   #6
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I would think they would recognize it.... Just follow the same requirements you have to here!
As far as the Yanks are concerned.....it's a licence. End of story.
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Old 04-06-2013, 09:58 AM   #7
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As far as the Yanks are concerned.....it's a licence. End of story.
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Old 04-06-2013, 10:08 AM   #8
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Thx all.

I haven't planned a trip yet, but SWMBO and I love VT (lots of microbreweries and the best pizzas) and I hear they have many miles of dirt roads to explore.

I'm riding an '04 KLR650.
Just picked it up two weeks ago. Got my M1 the week before.
Doing my M1 Exit scheduled in 3 weeks. Going to pass the time till then with at week in Walt Disney World with the fam.

SWMBO is interested in getting licensed up as well, but is less interested in dirt.
She doesn't like pirate or squid bikes, so we're looking at Versys, Wee, NC700X style bikes for her. I'm leading her toward the G650GS as well. Something that would at least roll on a dirt road with K60s or similar. (I'd like an F800GS myself, one day)
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Old 04-07-2013, 05:27 PM   #9
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The restrictions on your M2 are for all areas you ride, not just in Ontario.

Out of province and State police may not be familiar with restrictions for Ontario permits, but they can still issue an infraction if you are caught speeding, etc.

Following the same restrictions while out of province will at least keep you insured should anything unfortunate happen.
The only restriction for an M2 is zero blood alcohol level, so it's not a particularly difficult rule to follow.

Go have fun. Enjoy the terrific roads south of the border. If you're going to check out the local micro-breweries - park the bike.

It's always great to read a ride report with a happy ending.
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Old 04-07-2013, 05:37 PM   #10
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Beautiful roads in Vermont, perfect for your KLR. I have ridden the PDR a few times... Nice easy back roads threw the mountains. Scenery is fantastic. If you want some gps tracks pm me.
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Old 04-07-2013, 06:59 PM   #11
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Out of province and State police may not be familiar with restrictions for Ontario permits, but they can still issue an infraction if you are caught speeding, etc.

Following the same restrictions while out of province will at least keep you insured should anything unfortunate happen.
Absolutely. Wouldn't want to get into a sticky situation.
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