How To Get A Texas Motorcycle License
To earn a Class M driver’s license in Texas, you must know the rules of the road and how to operate a motorcycle. Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) requires that all applicants take a DPS-approved motorcycle safety course. After completion, you will receive a certificate and you will need to bring this official record with you when you apply for your driver’s license. You'll need to take vision, knowledge tests, and a driving test. Minors aged 15-17 will be required to have a Class C learner license and a 32-hour classroom phase of a driver education course, or a provisional driver’s license. They will also be required to take a motorcycle knowledge and skills exam. For people who have just moved to Texas or are considering taking up residency in Texas that already have their motorcycle license from their current or previous state, the on-cycle and knowledge tests will be waived. For additional questions or concerns, you can check out the Texas DPS website.
Texas DPS provides everyone of all skill levels to take their accredited program, The Course for Motorcycle Riders. The training course has three levels: basic, intermediate, and advanced, so riders can learn at their own pace. Anyone hoping to obtain a motorcycle driver’s license will need to take a basic or intermediate course. In the training courses, you will develop your riding skills and learn the rules of the road. You can register at your local training station here.
Texas Motorcycle License Test Tips
Your knowledge test can only be waived if you received a DPS-approved safety course certificate or if you have a valid motorcycle license from another state. If neither apply to you, you will need to pass the knowledge test to obtain a Class M driver’s license. The knowledge test will have questions ranging from basic vehicle control to being in shape to ride. You will need to know your responsibilities as an operator of a motorcycle to help prevent accidents and to keep you and others around you safe.
The on-cycle skills test will take approximately 20 minutes and you will be graded on your ability to demonstrate maneuvers such as, parallel parking, approaching intersections, and observing traffic. You want to be sure that you get enough practice in before scheduling your driving test. If you do not pass the driving test, your application will be on hold for 90 days until you are able to try again. Make sure you also test your motorcycle before going in for testing. You can schedule your appointment on the Texas DPS website.
Information on the Texas Department of Public Safety
The TX DPS is responsible for testing student drivers and licensing all drivers. To schedule your licensing examination or get more information contact them via:
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Additional Texas Motorcycle License Helpful Links
Please use the links below to learn more about helpful topics related to the Texas motorcycle license test or other motorcycle license related topics.
- Texas Motorcycle Rider Handbook
- Texas Motorcycle Training Locations
- Texas Motorcycle License Renewal
- Texas Drivers License Practice Test
- Texas CDL Practice Test