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Due to flooding, the Everett Driver Licensing Services Office is closed. It'll reopen for business on June 11. In the meantime, customers are encouraged to access our online services or visit these nearby offices: Smokey Point, Lynnwood, and Shoreline.

Sidecar/trike testing

Knowledge test

This test measures:

  • how well you understand the rules of the road, and
  • how to safely operate your trike or a motorcycle with a sidecar.

After you pass the test you'll get:

  • An instruction permit to practice riding on public highways.
  • A sidecar/trike endorsement, if you didn't complete a sidecar/trike training course.

How to take the test

  • If you take a sidecar/trike safety course, the knowledge test will be included in the course.
  • If you don't take the safety course, you may take the knowledge test at a sidecar/trike training school.

Can I use my personal vehicle for training and testing?

Yes. If you want to use your motorcycle, sidecar, trike, or scooter you'll need to meet these requirements:
  • A current registration and license plate for the vehicle.
  • A current motorcycle endorsement or motorcycle permit.
  • You must wear the minimum protective equipment including:
    • A helmet compliant to US DOT requirements.
    • Eye protection (glasses, goggles, or faceshield) unless the vehicle has a windshield.

Sample test questions

1. More than half of all collisions:

  • Occur at speeds greater than 35 mph.
  • Happen at night.
  • Are caused by worn tires.
  • Involve operators who have ridden their motorcycles less than 6 months.

2. When riding, you should:

  • Turn your head and shoulders to look through turns.
  • Keep your arms straight.
  • Keep your knees away from the gas tank.
  • Turn just your head and eyes to look where you are going.

3. Making eye contact with other drivers:

  • Is a good sign that they see you.
  • Is important when approaching an intersection.
  • Doesn't mean that the driver will yield.
  • Decreases your chances of being involved in a collision.

4. To reduce your reaction time, you should:

  • Ride slower than the speed limit.
  • Cover the clutch and the brakes.
  • Shift into neutral when slowing.
  • Pull in the clutch when turning.

5. Retroreflective clothing should:

  • Be worn at night.
  • Be worn during the day.
  • Not be worn.
  • Be worn day and night.

6. The best way to stop quickly is to:

  • Use the front brake only.
  • Use the rear brake first.
  • Throttle down and use the front brake.
  • Use both brakes at the same time.

7. When it starts to rain it is usually best to:

  • Ride in the center of the lane.
  • Pull off to the side until the rain washes the oil to the side of the road.
  • Riding in the rain requires no different riding strategy.
  • Increase your speed.

8. If your three-wheeler starts to wobble:

  • Accelerate out of the wobble.
  • Use the brakes gradually.
  • Grip the handlebars firmly and close the throttle gradually.
  • Downshift.

9. The FRONT brake potential increases as the weight does what?

  • Transfers to the rear.
  • Settles evenly on the front and rear.
  • Transfers to the front.
  • The front brake is not affected by weight.

10. When riding in a group, inexperienced riders should position themselves:

  • Just behind the leader.
  • In front of the group.
  • At the tail end of the group.
  • Beside the leader.

Answers: 1—D, 2—D, 3—C, 4—B, 5—D, 6—D, 7—B, 8—C, 9—C, 10—A

Riding skills test

The riding skills test measures your ability to operate a 3-wheel motorcycle legally and safely.

  • If you take a sidecar/trike safety course, the riding skills test will be included in the course.
  • If you don't take a sidecar/trike safety course, you may take the riding skills test at any sidecar/trike training school after you pass the knowledge test.

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