Riding a motorcycle is a popular form of transportation and recreation in California. However, it is essential to have the necessary license and permit to ride a motorcycle legally. California law requires motorcycle riders to have a specific type of license, which varies depending on the rider’s age and experience level. Failure to ride a motorcycle without a license can result in serious penalties, so it is important to be aware of these important requirements.
Before acquiring a motorcycle license in California, any rider under the age of 21 must first secure a motorcycle permit. There are two classes of permits: M2, which authorizes you to operate a motorized bicycle or moped, and M1, which authorizes you to operate any two-wheeled motorcycle and vehicles covered by the M2 permit.
To attain a motorcycle permit in California, you must satisfy the following conditions:
Once you have completed these requirements, the DMV will issue a Certificate of Completion of Motorcycle Training, also known as a DL 389.
If you are under the age of 21, you will need to have held an M1 or M2 permit for at least six months before applying for a license. Once you have met the requirements of the permit, you can visit a DMV office and:
Once these requirements are complete, the DMV will issue a temporary license. Your actual license will arrive within 60 days.
If you are over 21 years old, you do not need a permit before applying for a motorcycle license. You will either need to take an approved CHP motorcycle rider training course or pass a motorcycle driving test at a DMV office.
Then, you will need to:
Once you have met these requirements, the DMV will issue a temporary license and mail your actual license within 60 days.
Despite these laws, unlicensed and untrained riders still take their motorcycles on California roads. If you are injured by a negligent motorcyclist or another person on the road, you deserve justice. Contact a San Francisco personal injury lawyer as soon as possible following your accident to discuss your case and plan your next steps.