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Obtain a Motorcycle Endorsement (M) on Your License
You must have a valid driver license with motorcycle (M) endorsement to operate motorcycles in the District of Columbia.
DC law provides that a motorcycle is a 2 or 3 wheeled motor vehicle that has one or more of the following characteristics:
- Piston displacement of more than fifty (50) cubic centimeters
- Capable of traveling over 35 miles per hour on level ground
- More than one and one-half (1.5) brake horsepower (S.A.E. rating)
- Wheels under 16 inches in diameter
- Manual transmission
Note: If your 2 or 3 wheeled motor vehicle has none of the above 5 characteristics, it falls under the definition of motorized bicycle and may be operated by a person holding a provisional operator's permit or a driver license (provided the vehicle passes inspection, is registered, and is insured).
- You are at least 18 years of age
- You have a valid DC driver license
- You pass the DC motorcycle knowledge test
- You pass the DC DMV motorcycle demonstration skills test or provide a motorcycle demonstration course certificate of completion, within the last 6 months, approved by DC, Maryland or Virginia.
To take the DC DMV motorcycle knowledge test, you may visit any DMV service center. You must obtain a DC motorcycle learner’s permit after passing the motorcycle knowledge test, if you are taking the DC DMV motorcycle demonstration skills test.
To submit MD or VA Motorcycle Certificate of Completion, you must visit the Brentwood Road Test Facility to obtain your DC driver license with motorcycle (M) endorsement.
To schedule a motorcycle demonstration skills test, you may schedule online or call 311 or (202) 737-4404.
Upon arriving at the Brentwood Road Test Facility, located at 1205 Brentwood Road, NE:
- Complete the DC driver license application [PDF].
- Bring your valid DC driver license and motorcycle learner permit (if you are taking the DC DMV motorcycle demonstration skills test).
- Take and pass the DC DMV motorcycle demonstration skills test (by appointment only) or bring your original MD or VA motorcycle certificate of completion in lieu of taking the DC DMV motorcycle demonstration skills test (no appointment required).
- Pay the appropriate fees for a new license with a motorcycle endorsement.
- Obtain your DC driver license with a motorcycle (M) endorsement.