District of Columbia
Motorcycle Test

Traffic, traffic, traffic! If for no other reason than the perpetual gridlock, you should apply to get a Washington DC Motorcycle license. Actually, in the District of Columbia, they’re called a motorcycle endorsement which means you must hold a valid passenger vehicle license before legally riding a motorcycle.  Regardless, getting around all those stopped cars will be worth it. Use our practice test to bone up on the questions so you pass the first time! You will be presented with 25 questions and you must answer 20 questions correctly to pass.  There is no time limit.  You may not go back once you answer a question.  Click the “Start Quiz” button below to begin.  Good luck!

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How To Get A District of Columbia Motorcycle License

In order to get a motorcycle endorsement in the District of Columbia you need to have a valid REAL ID driver’s license or Limited Purpose License.  If you do not have one of these two documents you will need to furnish additional documentation to the Washington DC DMV.

In addition, you must pass the Washington DC motorcycle knowledge test.  (PRO TIP:  Practice practice practice using our District of Columbia motorcycle practice test at the top of the page.  You’ll ace your knowledge test!)  You can take the motorcycle knowledge test at any DC DMV Service Center.  You do not need to have an appointment to take the test.  A list of service centers can be found here.

Please note, the Washington DC DMV Service Centers no longer offer a motorcycle road skills test.  All riders must complete a motorcycle demonstration course and provide a certificate of completion to demonstrate competence.  Additionally, be prepared to pay the DMV Fees.  The assessed fees can vary based on a number of factors.  For a full list of possible charges, please see the Washington DC Driver’s License Fees page.  You can pay the fees using cash, check, money order, or credit card.  Accepted credit cards are Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.

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District of Columbia Motorcycle License Safety Tips

Potential motorcycle riders must be aware that controlling a motorcycle is vastly different than controlling a four-wheeled motor vehicle.  A motorcycle can accelerate and decelerate more quickly than a car but they are also much less stable and provide nearly no protection in a collision.  Therefore, a rider must be constantly vigilant to avoid dangerous situations.  Some safety tips for riders are:

  • Take a training course and stay current on your motorcycle skills.
  • Approximately 70% of incidents occur in intersections.  Be hyper-aware in these areas.
  • Often other drivers have difficulty seeing motorcycles.  Practice defensive driving and stay away from vehicles’ blind spots.
  • Be aware of road conditions.  A little bit of rain or a slick road can really put a hurt on your day.
  • Wear appropriate clothing and a DOT approved helmet.
  • Lane splitting (riding in between two lanes) is not legal in the District of Columbia.  Stay in your own lane and signal properly to change lanes.
  • Riding a motorcycle while carrying a passenger requires more skill than riding solo.  Do not carry passengers until you are extremely confident in your abilities riding alone.

Additional Information

Information on the Washington DC Department of Motor Vehicles

The DC DMV is responsible for testing student drivers and licensing all drivers. To schedule your licensing examination or get more information contact them via:

Website:  https://dmv.dc.gov/service/get-motorcycle-endorsement
Phone:  202.737.4404
Email:  dmv@dc.gov

To find the office hours and / or location nearest you, please visit:

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