Motorcyclists are required to obtain a valid California license before legally riding on the road. In order to get a license, motorcyclists must first educate themselves on how to properly use a motorcycle in order to pass the permit test. Once a motorcyclist acquires a permit, they will be legally allowed to ride between sunrise and sunset.
Motorcycle permits last for 6 months. Until then, a motorcyclist is expected to learn and practice how to ride. Once they have completed their training, they can set up an appointment to take their big test.
In the sections below, our knowledgeable motorcycle accident lawyers will go into detail about the process of obtaining a license and other legal requirements a motorcyclist must fulfill in order to ride on California roads.
Those who are given a valid motorcycle license are expected to continue practicing safe riding, however, many will abuse the built-in speed the vehicle offers. This can increase the likelihood of getting into an accident.
If you were a victim of a motorcycle accident, you may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit against the party at-fault for damages. At West Coast Trial Lawyers, our experienced motorcycle accident attorneys are available 24/7 to offer legal assistance. We will review your case to determine what necessary actions are needed to get you the compensation and justice you deserve.
California has a different set of rules depending on the age of the rider.
Under 18 years old. Minors are qualified for a motorcycle license if they have:
Over 18 years old. Adults must complete these requirements in order to receive a motorcycle license:
Class M1. With this license, you may legally drive a:
Class M2. Those who obtain this license may legally drive a:
Class C License. Eligible motorcyclists will be permitted to legally ride a:
The DMV requires new riders to take an annual pass or fail motorcycle test. The instructor must rank the rider’s driving skills to determine if they are still eligible to operate a motorcycle. You will be asked to demonstrate these skills:
If you have sustained injuries as a result of a motorcycle accident, our experienced personal injury attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers will help you get the compensation you deserve for losses you have suffered, which include medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering.