Applying for a motorcycle license in California is simple when you know what steps you need to take and which motorcycle classes need to be completed ahead of time.
If you have a leather jacket and an itch to be a rebel without a cause, you might be ready to apply for your motorcycle license - but there's a bit more to it than proving you can look like James Dean. California actually makes you register your hog so that it's legal to use it on the road. Here's what you need to do to look cool and to be cool with the highway patrol (even if their bikes can't keep up with yours).
Steps for How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in California
There are two different groups of potential motorcycle licenses you can get. First if you are between 15 ? and 18, you need to provide a form that says your parents want you to ride with little more than a piece of plastic on your head between your brain and the cement. This form is called a DL44. Of course, you will also nee to go through the traditional channels and steps you would need to take in order to get your driver's license - testing, driving test, etc.
Just like the traditional driver's test, if you are going to ride a motorcycle, you need to prove you can. Riders over 18 will need to fill out the forms for their Class M1 license, which is the license you are getting. You will need to go to the DMV, fill out the DL44 form and then have your picture taken (looking like a tough guy or gal, of course). You will also need to prove your identity and provide your thumbprint.
The application fee for your motorcycle license is just$28, a deal really. Then you will need to pass the vision test and a written test. You get three chances to pass that signs and laws test, okay? But you will need to keep coming back to retake it. You can't take it three times in a row, so study up!
Wait, so where's the riding test? Well, there are a few ways to do this. You need to take a motorcycle riding class from the California Highway Patrol OR you can just take the riding test and see how you do at the DMV. You will need to make an appointment for this test, however.
If you already have a California driver's license, you do NOT have to take the riding test, which may very well explain why California bikers are so crazy on the road. They don't have to prove they're any good. Not that we're saying that bikers aren't the coolest people in the word - don't hurt us!
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Q:What are the steps required in having a motorcycle license CA renewed in person?
A:Firstly, you have to complete the driver license application, also known as Form 44. Secondly, you have to have your thumb print updated for better identification in your current state as well as get a photo of yourself taken. Lastly, after passing the mandatory vision screening, you have to submit the $31 renewal fee.