How to Get a Motorcycle License in California

May 9, 2019

Craving the open road and fast freedom of a motorcycle? Before you set out on your cycle excursion, you’ll need to take care of some basic business. Here’s how to get a motorcycle license in California:

If you’re over the age of 21, you need to:

  • Have a regular driver’s license. In order to get your motorcycle license in California, your driver’s license must be issued in California too.
  • Pay an application fee. At the time of publishing, that fee is $33.
  • Pass a vision exam.
  • Complete a motorcycle driver’s license application form, AKA a DL 44 Form.
  • Do 1 of these 2 things:
    • Pass a motorcycle driver knowledge test. This test is based on information from California’s Motorcycle Handbook. Questions center around motorcycle formations, eye protection, lane position and safety protocols.
    • Take a motorcycle rider training course. You’ll also need to provide a certificate as proof you successfully completed the course.
  • Give fingerprints.
  • Have your picture taken. You won’t be able to use the same picture from your driver’s license, so be prepared to take a new one.

If you’re under the age of 21, you can still get your motorcycle license if you:

  • Are at least 16 years old
  • Have had your permit for 6 months (here’s how to get a motorcycle permit in California)
  • Have proof of completed driver education/training
  • Have a completed certificate from a motorcycle rider training course

Driving a motorcycle can be fun, but like any moving machine, it requires safety and knowledge. Once you have your California motorcycle license, you’re free to hit the open road!

When you’re not on the open road, park your motorcycle in a storage unit for safe keeping.

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