Is It Legal for Minors to Be Motorcycle Passengers?

According to the Illinois Motorcycle Operator Manual, as of 2022, there are more than 315,000 licensed motorcycles in Illinois. Imagining a young child as a motorcycle passenger can seem dangerous because of the potential safety hazards involved. While it may be challenging to anticipate an accident or prevent one from occurring, motorcyclists can take extra safety precautions when operating a motorcycle, especially if their passenger is a minor.

Motorcycle laws vary by state; however, Illinois has specific regulations to ensure motorcyclists and passenger safety on roadways.

Motorcycle Examination

To obtain a motorcycle classification on your driver's license, individuals must pass a motorcycle examination. Individuals ages 16 and 17 are required to complete a motorcycle training course approved by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). The training courses educate riders on how to safely operate a motorcycle and offer knowledge and riding skills to help assist rider behavior and overall risk management for motorcycle safety.


Motorcycle Passenger Requirements

Although riders have specific requirements they must adhere to when operating a motorcycle, there are no age restrictions for motorcycle passengers in Illinois. Since the extra weight alters the motorcycle rides, riders must ensure that the bike is designed to carry two passengers.


To carry minors on a motorcycle safely, riders are required to:

  • Adjust riding technique for the added weight.

  • Equip motorcycles to carry passengers

  • Ensure that they have a proper seat and protective equipment for passengers.


Accidents happen, but if a child sustains injuries during a motorcycle accident as a passenger, it could result in devastating outcomes and overwhelming medical bills. A child is entitled to compensation if they suffer injuries and emotional distress in an accident. Usually, a minor who is a passenger on a motorcycle will be covered by either their own or their parent's insurance policy. However, if you have suffered damages caused by a minor in a motorcycle accident, it's crucial to seek compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit.

Contact Our Chicago Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

McNabola & Associates, LLC has over 60 years of collective legal experience protecting victims who have been injured in motorcycle accidents. We understand the pain and suffering you have endured and strive to be compassionate advocates who improve your present circumstances and obtain the compensation you deserve.

If you or a loved one were involved in a motorcycle accident, let us help you. Contact us today at (312) 888-8700 to schedule a free case consultation.