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Motorcycle Endorsement

Customers who have taken (and passed) the DC DMV Motorcycle Knowledge Test and completed the required Motorcycle Demonstration Course within the last 6 months will be eligible to obtain their Motorcycle “M” Endorsement online.

The customer will submit the Certificate of Completion to DC DMV for verification and approval.

Following DC DMV approval of the Motorcycle Demonstration Course, a notification will be sent to customer via email and the customer can visit DC DMV Online Service - DC DMV Online Duplicate License and pay the $20 fee to have the M endorsement added to their license.

Request your motorcycle endorsement online and submit all requested information.

Note: There are many different types of motorcycles and motorbikes.

DC law defines motorcycles, motor-driven cycles, and motorized bicycles differently, as follows.

 A motorcycle:

  • Has a seat or saddle for the use of the operator
  • Has two (2) or three (3) wheels in contact with the ground

Note: The term “motorcycle” does not include a tractor, motor-driven cycle, motorized bicycle, or 3-wheeeld motor vehicle with a cab and windshield - however, any motor-driven cycle or motorized bicycle driven at speeds over 30 mph is considered a motorcycle.

A motor-driven cycle:

  • Has a seat or saddle for the use of the operator.
  • Has 2 or 3 wheels in contact with the ground.
  • Has a gas, electric, or hybrid motor with a maximum piston or rotor displacement of 50 cc, or its equivalent, which will propel the device unassisted at a maximum speed no greater 30 mph.
  • Has a direct or automatic power drive system that requires no clutch or gear shift operation by the operator after the drive system is engaged with the power unit.

 Note: It must meet all of the characteristics to be a motor-driven cycle. If it does not, it may be a motorcycle, and will require the operator to have a motorcycle endorsement.

 A motorized bicycle:

  • Has a post-mounted seat or saddle for each person that the device is designed and equipped to carry.
  • Has 2 or 3 wheels in contact with the ground, which are at least 16 inches in diameter.
  • Has fully operative pedals for human propulsion.
  • Has a motor incapable of propelling the device at a speed of more than 20 mph on level ground.

Note: It must meet all of the characteristics to be a motorized bicycle. If it does not, it may be a motorcycle or a motor-driven cycle.

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