Motorcycle License Check List
You will need a federal compliant card such as a passport, military ID, or REAL ID to board a domestic flight or access some federal facilities beginning October 1, 2020. The DMV started offering REAL ID driver licenses and ID cards on January 22, 2018. A field office visit is required to apply for a REAL ID.
To obtain a motorcycle license if you are under age 18 you must:
Be 16 years of age.
Have had your permit for six months.
Provide proof of driver education/driver training completion.
Provide a completion certificate from the motorcycle rider training course.
To obtain a motorcycle license if you are 18 or older you must:
Complete a Driver License or Identification Card Application form (DL 44). To obtain this form by mail, call DMV's automated phone service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-777-0133.
Pay the application fee.
Pass a vision examination.
Pass a knowledge test.
Give a thumb print.
Have your picture taken
If you do not have a California driver license, you will also need to:
Present an acceptable Identity document.
Present an acceptable residency document, if you have never had a California driver license or California identification card or you are converting to a REAL ID Compliant driver license.
Provide your social security number.
Provide your true full name.
If you are under 21, you must provide a completion certificate from the motorcycle rider training course.
Additional information regarding a motorcycle driver license.