It’s no secret that motorcycle laws will vary from place to place, but one truth is very evident: unlicensed riders are more likely to be involved in an accident, and you may have difficulty getting insurance without a license too.
Visit the department of motor vehicles either online or in person to find out whether your local laws require you to take a written test, a driving test or both. If in person, ask if they have any pretest materials or search their website for more information you can study. They often do and at no cost to you.
You will want to check to see if they have any specific training you need before taking the test. Ask about what equipment you need to take the test: helmet, gloves, boots, jacket, and a bike are very commonly needed. Inquire with the DMV if attending a certified motorcycle school can substitute for all or part of the test.
Study the laws and take a rider training course to decide if this is right for you. Take the time to practice the skills you need at low speeds, in a safe place like an empty parking lot. Finally, when you are ready, go for it. You will be happy you did.
For those of you living in Washington State, use this link to find more information on how to get your motorcycle endorsement.
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