Applying for a motorcycle license
Applying for your motorcycle license is similar to applying for a driver license. There are two classes of motorcycle licenses, Class M1 and Class M2.
With a Class M1, you can operate any 2-wheel motorcycle and any motorized vehicle in Class M2. With a Class M2, you can only operate any motorized bicycle or moped or any bicycle with an attached motor.
Effective January 1, 2020, individuals are no longer required to hold a Class M2 driver license to operate a motorized scooter. A person who holds a valid driver license of any class may operate a motorized scooter.
A motorized scooter is defined as: A two-wheeled "device" powered by a motor with a floorboard that is designed to stand on when riding. The scooter may also have a driver's seat.
How Do I apply if I'm over 18?Applying for your motorcycle license is similar to applying for a driver license. Being over 18, gives you a few perks, you will need to take a vision test, knowledge test and driving test. You can successfully complete a motorcycle basic rider course and have the driving test waived.
How Do I apply if I'm under 18?When you're under 18 you can apply for a motorcycle license which requires you to pass a vision test, knowledge test and you must complete the motorcycle basic rider course approved by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and provide a Certificate of Completion of Motorcycle Training (DL 389).
What are the Motorcycle Licensing Requirements?
You can operate any two wheel motorcycle motor-driven cycle, or motorized scooter, motorized bicycle, moped, or a bicycle with an attached motor, or a motorized scooter with a Class M1 license.
You can operate a motorized bicycle, moped, or a bicycle with an attached motor, or a motorized scooter with a Class M2 license.
With a Class C license you can operate a motorcycle with a side car attached, or a three-wheel motorcycle, or a motorized scooter.