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Motorcycle Licensing

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, 2006, you may operate a motorized scooter with a Class M1 or M2 driver license. Prior to January 1, 2006, you must have a Class C or higher driver license to 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, written 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, written traffic laws 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

What Fees will I pay when I Apply for My License?

In order to get a Motorcycle license will require you to pay an application fee.

What Happens if I fail My Skills Test?

You can try again! You are allowed to 3 chances to pass the exam you will need to schedule a follow up appointment for the exam.

Information About Driver License Renewal

There are several methods to renew your driver license. You may be eligible to do a renewal by mail or internet; you may be required to complete your renewal in person.

Motorcycle Written Sample Test

After becoming familiar with Motorcycle Handbook and utilize this practice exam to get prepared for the real thing.

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