WhyBike Motorcycle Blog

Mailbag: Motorcycle License Requirements

By James - 2/20/2007

I recieved an email from Chris . . .

I had a question about a motorcycle license.

Can you get one without a normal drivers license, like a permit or something??

Thank you.

Here in California you do not need a driver’s license to get a motorcycle license. All you need is:

  1. Fill out the DMV’s motorcycle license form (DL 44) and pay $26 (at the time of this writing)
  2. Pass the written test, you get three chances
  3. Pass the skills test or pass a CHP approved motorcycle rider training course

There are some caveats;

  • If you do not have a Class C (for automobiles) driver’s license, you will need to take the written automobile test and road test through the DMV
  • If you are under 21, the CHP approved motorcycle rider training course is mandatory
  • If you are over 21, the CHP approved motorcycle rider training course is optional, and completion will waive the skills test
  • If you are between 15 1/2 and 16 years old you can only get your motorcycle permit
  • If you are over 16 and do not take the skills or road test you can get a permit

With the permit you are not allowed to ride

  • with a passenger
  • at night
  • on the freeway

Most states are the same way and some have a few more or less hoops to jump through. I hope this helps and let us know how you are doing. See you on the road!


1 Comment »

The URI to TrackBack this entry is: http://www.whybike.com/blog/wp-trackback.php/144

  1. Make sure the insurance company is licensed and covered by the state’s guaranty fund. The fund pays claims in case the company defaults.

    Comment by RirlReerlette — 8/21/2007 @ 8:15 pm

RSS feed for comments on this post.

   Leave a comment

Due to SPAM abuse comment moderation is on. It may take a little while before your post goes live, longer if I am out on a ride. Be patient, I value your comment, even if you are wrong. The Web is place for intelligent conversation and healthy discussion but don't get nasty. Messages posted at this site are the sole opinion and responsibility of the poster and do not imply an endorsement from the management of WhyBike.com. All trademarks and copyrights are held by respective owners.

   Search archived posts

   Syndicate this content
   Archived Posts

Listed on BlogShares

Copyright 2001 - 2019 WhyBike.com. All rights reserved.
Use of this site contitutes an agreement our Terms of Use agreement.