California is a state known for sunshine and pleasant weather, making it ideal for motorcyclists of all ages. Operating a motorcycle, however, will require a person to get the appropriate motorcycle license.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has a section on its website dedicated to sample tests to help you prepare for the journey to obtain a license, and you can also find the California Motorcycle Handbook, information about registering your motorcycle, and locations to schedule appointments for motorcycle licensing exams or apply for motorcycle licenses.
California has two types of motorcycle licenses, a Class M1 and a Class M2. The Class M1 lets you operate any two-wheel motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, or motorized scooter and all vehicles listed under Class M2, while a Class M2 lets you operate any motorized bicycle, moped, or motorized scooter.
There are different processes involved in getting a motorcycle license, depending on your age. If you are less than 21 years of age, an instruction permit will be required for at least six months before you can apply for a motorcycle license.
After satisfying all of the requirements of that instruction permit, you will be able to visit a DMV office. At that location, you will do all of the following:
While driving with an instruction permit, you can practice driving a motorcycle before taking the driving test. While you have a permit, however, you cannot drive at night, on the freeway, or with a passenger.
After you complete all of the requirements listed above, the DMV will issue a temporary motorcycle driver’s license until a new license arrives in the mail. A temporary license will be valid for 60 days.
People over 21 years of age will not need an instruction permit before they can apply for a motorcycle license. To get a license, you either pass a motorcycle driving test at a DMV office or complete the California Highway Patrol (CHP) approved California Motorcyclist Safety Program training course.
You will apply for a license by doing all of the following:
To take your motorcycle driving test, you will need to schedule a motorcycle driving test appointment because driving tests are not given without an appointment. You also have to provide proof of financial responsibility that meets or exceeds California Insurance Requirements.
A motorcycle driving test will include a pre-trip inspection, riding in different track paths, slow riding, and gear shifting. Your application fee will allow you three attempts to pass the test, and failing will mean that you have to schedule a new driving test on another day and pay a $7 retest fee. Failing the driving test three times means your application is no longer valid, and you have to reapply.
California recognizes many different kinds of motorcycles and motorbikes. They include:
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