It’s no secret that getting your motorcycle license means jumping through a lot of hoops. But you shouldn’t let a little red tape get between you and a lifetime of riding. Here is a simple plan that you can use to get your license easily.
- Get the motorcycle operator handbook from your state’s motor vehicle bureau. This is simply a short booklet that contains all of the information that you will need to know in order to pass the motorcycle permit test, plus extra information to keep you safe. These books are usually downloadable in PDF format at your state’s motor vehicle bureau’s website.
- Make sure you have reached the minimum age for a learner’s permit in your state, and apply at your local DMV. You will need to take both a written test and a vision test. In order to prepare for the written exam, it’s a smart idea to get a motorcycle practice test. That will allow you to have a general understanding of what questions are on the real thing before you even take it.
- Get a bike and start practicing. The amount of time you will have to practice and the regulations that restrict your practice time can vary from state to state.
- Fill out your state’s application for a motorcycle license and pay all applicable fees.
- Make sure the registration for your motorcycle is up to date and that you are fully insured. You will only be allowed to take the test if you are fully compliant with all state regulations.
- Make an appointment with your state’s motor vehicle bureau to take the motorcycle test. To prevent cancellations, check the weather report to ensure that there won’t be rain, snow, or other weather conditions that would make riding your motorcycle difficult.
- Before your appointment, go to the area where the test will be held (usually a section of the parking lot of your local motor vehicle bureau office). Practice all the maneuvers on which you be tested, like accelerating, turning, and braking. This will help you be extra prepared for the actual test.
- On test day, remember to relax, follow instructions, and rely on all the practice you have been doing. Once you have passed the tests (which, depending upon your state’s regulations, may involve a basic maneuver test, a road test, and/or a written test), you are ready to get your picture taken and receive your license.
Welcome to the club, fellow biker.
Logan Strain is a writer for I DRIVE SAFELY, the leading provider of Driver’s Ed Online in the United States. For more information about safe and responsible driving, plus some fun articles that all licensed drivers will enjoy, visit http://expresslane.idrivesafely.com/ blog.