California DMV Motorcycle Test

Pass the California Motorcycle Permit test the first time with FREE California DMV Practice Tests. Study real motorcycle permit questions from the DMV handbook!.


1. To maintain adequate control of the motorcycle, your arms should be positioned
2. You should downshift through the gears when you
3. Studies have shown that most crashes involved riders who
4. When scanning for hazards in front of you, you should be looking down the road about ____ seconds
5. Accelerating on a curve
6. When preparing to enter the roadway from the roadside, how should you position your motorcycle?
7. Changing your lane position can
8. According to the handbook, in traffic, a motorcycle needs
9. How can you use your clothing to help prevent collisions?
10. If your motorcycle starts to wander back and forth while riding over metal bridge gratings you should:
11. In slow, tight turns:
12. How can you protect yourself from injury during a collision?
13. To avoid lurching when you downshift, what should you do?
14. When can a motorcycle park in a disabled parking spot?
15. Which of the following should be avoided when carrying cargo?
16. Which of the following is true about starting while on an upward hill?
17. To execute a turn safely a motorcycle rider should always:
18. When is it safe for you to ride side-by-side with another motorcycle?
19. In proper riding posture
20. For stopping or slowing down, the most effective method is to use
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About Motorcycle Permit Practice Tests

To operate a motorcycle in California, you must have a Class M license. Licenses are issued through the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The state offers a motorcycle instruction permit and two license levels. An M1 license includes any type of motorcycle, and an M2 license is specifically for motorbikes, mopeds, or scooters. You must be at least 15 ½ to apply for a Class M1 or M2 permit. At age 16, you can apply for an M1 or M2 license if you have held a permit for at least 6 months.

To receive a Class M1 or M2 permit or license, you must submit your documentation, pass the vision screening, pass the driver and motorcycle knowledge tests, complete a Form DL44 application, and pay the fees. Anyone under the age of 21 must also complete the California Highway Patrol California Motorcyclist Safety Program (CHP CMSP) and submit the certification. Applicants who are over 21 are encouraged to take the CHP CMSP course as well, and the motorcycle skills test is waived for those who complete the course.

Tests are scheduled through your local DMV. The written exam contains 25 questions about signaling, crossing, changing lanes and other safe driving practices. You must answer 20 of the questions correctly to pass. The motorcycle skills test examines how well you handle and operate your motorcycle. If you fail a test, you must wait one day to retake it.