DMV Test Questions for the Motorcycle License Process

by Joshua on September 27, 2013

Each day millions of people enjoy the fun of operating a motorcycle or other two wheeled motorized vehicle. This may include a motorcycle, moped and even three wheeled recreational vehicles for off road use depending on the state. There are many benefits to obtaining a motorcycle license including a recreational pastime, an alternative vehicle for daily use that can save on gas or elevate parking situations.

The laws regarding required minimum age vary from state to state but in general a driver must be old enough to apply for an operator’s license in order to apply for a motorcycle license. Also depending on the state the motorcycle permissions may be in the form of a separate license or as an endorsement on a current driver’s license.

Operating a motorcycle or moped will required different operating skills that must be acquired before the DMV will issue permission to operate the vehicle on roadways. In addition, specific traffic laws are designed for motorcycles with the driver’s safety in mind. The Department of Motor Vehicles have generated a process for licensing that is specifically designed to assure each motorcyclist can safely operate the vehicle on public roadways, though the specifics of the process may vary depending on the state.

In general, the process is similar to receiving a standard operating license which will include several steps. Each step must be complete successfully in order to receive a motorcycle license. The stages of motorcycle licensing include the application and documentation phase, learners permit and final license process. During the learners permit and licensing phase, drivers must complete a written test and road skills exam similar to those found in the regular driver’s license process.

The Written Test for a Motorcycle License

The testing process will consist of an eye exam, written test and final road test when applying for the actual license. The written test will be taken when the driver applies for a learner’s permit and again during the final license process though no two tests will ever be the same. The test questions are randomly generated each time an applicant attempts the written test so studying in advance is essential to passing. The test will consist of multiple choice questions and will vary in length depending on the state.

New drivers will find that the test is made up of both general traffic laws and those specific to operation of a motorcycle on roadways. In addition, traffic signals and their uses and yield the right of way will be addressed in the test questions. Drivers should also be aware of the laws regarding drinking and driving as well as the rights a motorcyclist has while in traffic with other vehicles.

Studying for the Written Motorcycle Test

A solid study plan is necessary to pass the motorcycle written test on the first try. New drivers should generate a plan that tailors to their own specific study plan working around school, work and other life obligations. The plan should allow for daily study time of available materials. In general a solid study plan should consist of the following steps:

  • New drivers should research the procedures and testing requirements for their specific state. This should include how many test questions are found on the written test and the minimum passing score required.
  • Collect the necessary materials needed to pass the test. This includes the Motorcycle Drivers Handbook that can be found in hard copy at a local DMV office or online at the state DMV website. In addition, cheat sheets are available and designed based on the specific laws and operations of a motorcycle for specific state.
  • Designate time daily to studying the driver’s handbooks and cheat sheets, taking on a new chapter each day. Be sure to also include general traffic information in study.
  • Practice tests can be obtained at many state DMV websites as well as offered on The tests will help reinforce the information the driver has studied as well as indicate whether or not the driver is ready for the actual written test or should study further.
  • Additional articles can be found online to assist the driver with the DMV process, generating a study plan and preparing for the written test. Reading through some helpful tips will help the new driver assure they are fully prepared for testing.

Using Practice Tests

There are several ways a motorcyclist can use the practice tests while studying. After a new chapter of the driver’s handbook and cheat sheets has been properly studied, the driver should take a practice test. The tests consist of hundreds of randomized test questions similar to those found on the actual test.

In addition, once all studying has been completed, drivers should continue taking practice tests until they can achieve the minimum passing score for the actual written test. A passing score on practice tests is an indicator the driver is ready to pass on the first try.

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