California

California Motorcycle Licensing

Motorcycle License Endorsements, Permits, Training & Insurance

The content below is for informational purposes only and was last updated as of 2/9/2021. For the most up-to-date information, please visit https://www.dmv.ca.gov

Operating a Motorcycle in California

Every state has its own requirements for operating a motorcycle.  The requirements to operate a motorcycle in California are:

  • Meet the state’s minimum age requirement
  • Obtain a California motorcycle permit or motorcycle license
  • Register your motorcycle with the state of California
  • Obtain insurance coverage that meets California state requirements

The minimum age requirement to operate a motorcycle in California is 15 ½ years old.  For specific motorcycle permit and licensing requirements and restrictions by age group, click here.

California Motorcycle Permit Process

Before you obtain a motorcycle license in California, you must secure a permit.  Find out how to obtain a California motorcycle permit here.

Getting a California Motorcycle License

According to the State of California Department of Motor Vehicles, a California motorcycle licenses authorizes you to operate a two-wheeled motorcycle, motorized bicycle, moped, or any bicycle with an attached motor.

Find out how to obtain a California motorcycle license here.

Motorcycle Education & Training in California

Motorcyclists should sign up for a motorcycle safety course.  The California Motorcycle Safety Program, administered by the California Highway Patrol, is available at locations across the state.

California Motorcycle Insurance Requirements

If you’re riding a motorcycle, you will have the same requirements regarding registration, licensing and insurance as all other drivers in California.  For information about California insurance requirements, visit http://www.insurance.ca.gov.

By now, you should have a good idea about how to proceed in obtaining a California motorcycle license.  If you are a new resident in California, or you are a new rider and you’re shopping for motorcycle insurance, click here to get a quote in minutes.

Disclaimer: The materials available at this web site are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should review the links within this article, or contact the relevant state agency, for complete and current information.

The CA DMV requires motorcyclists to have insurance coverage that meets the state’s minimum requirements on all registered vehicles. Before riding in California, make sure your coverage meets the state’s requirements.

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