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Motorcycle testing

Changes to motorcycle permit and endorsement processes

Starting January 1, 2020:

  • You must pass a basic knowledge and skills exam for a permit.
  • You must pass an advanced knowledge and skills exam for an endorsement.

If you have a valid permit, we encourage you to complete your testing before December 31, 2019, if possible.

There are 2 types of motorcycle testing:

Knowledge test

The knowledge test measures how well you understand the rules of the road and how to safely operate your motorcycle. You must pass the knowledge test before you can get:

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

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.

How to take the test

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

Sample knowledge test questions

1. Passengers should:

  • Lean as you lean.
  • Hold on to the motorcycle seat.
  • Sit as far back as possible.
  • Never hold onto you.

2. The FRONT brake supplies how much of the potential stopping power?

  • About 1/4
  • About 1/2
  • About 3/4
  • All of the stopping power

3. To swerve correctly:

  • Shift your weight quickly.
  • Turn the handlebars quickly.
  • Press the handgrip in the direction of the turn.
  • Press the handgrip in the opposite direction of the turn.

4. If a tire goes flat while riding and you must stop, it is usually best to:

  • Relax on the handle grips.
  • Shift your weight toward the good tire.
  • Brake on the good tire and steer to the side of the road.
  • Use both brakes and stop quickly.

5. The car is waiting to enter the intersection.
Motorcyle approaching an intersection with a car waiting to enter from the left.
It is best to:

  • Make eye contact with the driver.
  • Reduce speed and be ready to react.
  • Maintain speed and position.
  • Maintain speed and move right.

Answers: 1-A, 2-C, 3-C, 4-C, 5-B

Riding skills test

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

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

What to expect at the riding test

During the test, you'll be asked to complete the following tasks:

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