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How to Obtain a California Motorcycle License
Due to the fact that they are less-expensive to operate than a car, and because younger individuals can operate them, more and more people are turning towards two-wheeled forms of transportation, rather than automobiles. Mopeds, scooters, and motorcycles are definitely much more economical than our modern-day SUVs and minivans, but one must go through special testing, in order to become licensed to operate one. How difficult is this process? Read on to learn how to obtain your Florida Motorcycle License.

First off, itís important to note that there are two different classes of motorcycle licenses. If you apply for a Class M2 license, you may only operate a motorized bicycle or moped, whereas, with Class M1, you may operate any kind of 2-wheeled motorcycle, as well as any class of vehicle covered under a Class M2 license. A motorized scooter may be operated with either a Class M1 or a Class M2.

In order to apply for a motorcycle license, Class M2, you must meet the following criteria:

- You are at least 15 Ĺ years of age

- You have completed the DL 44 application form (this must be an original - no copies, faxes, etc. will be accepted)

- Your parents or guardians must sign the DL 44 application form, provided that they are legal residents of California. Those who are not residents of California may not sign the application.

- You must have your photograph taken and give a thumb print, as well as providing your full true name.

- Proof must be submitted, that you have completed and passed both driverís education and driver training (DL 387, DL 388, DL 388A, OL 237, or OL 238)

- When you apply, you must present a document of legal presence. This can be a birth certificate, papers of naturalization, or documentation of visa status.

- You will have to give your Social Security Number. If you do not have one, or if you have lost yours, you can contact your local Social Security office or you can visit the main website at http://www.ssa.gov/

- A fee will be required, at the time of application. For current fees, visit http://www.dmv.ca.gov/dl/fees/driverlicense_fees.htm#classm1_2  for more information. The required fee is good for a 12 month period and will allow you to take the needed law tests and skills test, three separate times if needed, within this 12 month span. It covers both your instruction permit and your license, if it is granted within this year-long period. Should your application expire, you will have to complete all the necessary steps and pay the fees again.

- A vision test will be given, which must be passed in order to get your license

- You will have to pass a test on traffic laws and various signs

- If you do not have a current California driver license, you will have pass a law test of motorcycle driving rules

- If you have a current California driverís license, you will only be required to pay the application fees, pass the vision examination, and pass the traffic laws and sign test for motorcycles

If you wish to apply for a motorcycle driverís license, you must meet the following criteria:

- You must be at least 16 years of age

- You will have had your permit for a period of no less than 6 months

- You must have either completed driverís education courses and driver training, or you must be in possession of a California driver license

- If you are under the age of 21 years, you will have to complete a motorcycle rider training course, as given by the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

- Submit your CHP completion certificate at the time you apply for your license (You will not have to take the motorcycle driving test at the DMV).

- Once you have submitted the CHP completion certificate, an interim license will be issued to you. Valid for 60 days, until your photo license arrives in the mail, this interim license specifies that you may not drive at night, on the expressway, and that you may not have any passengers riding with you yet.

For more information, try some of these helpful links:

Read the California Motorcycle Driverís Handbook ~ http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/dl655/dl665mcycle.pdf

The California Driverís Handbook ~ http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/dl600.pdf

Information on the DMV office nearest you ~ http://www.dmv.ca.gov/fo/fotoc.htm

Schedule an appointment to save time ~ https://mv.dmv.ca.gov/foAppt2/welcome.do

For information about the CHP training course ~ 1-877-743-3411 or visit www.ca-msp.org

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