How to Get a California Motorcycle License

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To apply for a California motorcycle license or motorcycle endorsement, you’ll need to visit the DMV and:

Visit for official application information and to schedule appointments.

California Motorcycle License Classes: M1 vs M2

  • Class M1: You are able to operate any type of motorcycle, motorized scooter, or moped.
  • Class M2: You may only operate a moped, motorized bicycle, or motorized scooter.

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How to Get a California Motorcycle Permit

If you’ve never been licensed before, you’ll need to obtain a motorcycle learner’s permit and satisfy the California graduated driver’s licensing requirements depending on your age.

Applicants under 21 years old must hold a motorcycle instruction permit for at least 6 months and complete a CHP motorcycle safety program before receiving a standard motorcycle license.

To apply for a motorcycle learner’s permit you must be at least 15 1/2 years old.

With a motorcycle instruction permit you cannot:

  • Ride at night.
  • Drive on the freeway.
  • Carry passengers.

Transfer an Out-of-State Motorcycle License When Moving to California

If you’ve recently moved to California you can transfer your out-of-state motorcycle endorsement:

  • Visit the DMV office.
  • Fill out an application.
  • Provide your out-of-state license and proof of your identity, residency, and legal presence.
  • Pass a vision exam.
  • Pass the California motorcycle written exam.
  • Pay the required fees.

Once you’ve received your motorcycle license, be sure to come back to to learn how to register and title your bike in California.