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What Do You Need to Ride a Motorcycle in California?

Before you take your first ride on a motorcycle in California, there are specific requirements you must meet–you will need the appropriate license for the type of vehicle you have and the proper safety equipment. Continue reading for the specifics.

Types of motorcycle licenses in California

There are two types of motorcycle licenses in California: M1 and M2. The right one will depend on the type of vehicle you wish to drive. An M1 license covers two-wheel motorcycles, motor scooters, and mopeds. An M2 license, on the other hand, only covers motorized bicycles, mopeds, and scooters. In addition, the requirements for M2 licenses are lower, as they do not cover the more powerful vehicles like two-wheel motorcycles.

Helmet laws

One requirement for motorcycle riding in California is compliance with state helmet laws. Unlike other states, these laws apply to all riders–regardless of age. You are required to wear a helmet any time you drive a motorcycle, and the same is true for passengers.

Options for getting a license

There are different ways to secure a license in California. Your specific circumstances will determine which option is best for you, and they are:

  • Take the motorcycle driving course. If you do not currently have a license and are at least 21 years of age, this course could be your best option. Not only must you complete the course, but you also must pass a knowledge test and submit the required documents.
  • Take the skills test. The process is more straightforward if you are already licensed to drive a car in California. In that case, you can skip the driving course and take the knowledge tests. If you pass, you can drive a motorcycle in addition to a motor vehicle.
  • Get a learner’s permit. This option is for anyone under the age of 21.

Contact us at Salamati Law for more information

Securing the proper license and wearing the required equipment is essential to safe motorcycle operation. Unfortunately, there is little you can do to avoid a collision caused by a negligent motorist. If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, it is crucial for you to seek out an attorney right away. A Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyer could help you secure the financial compensation you deserve. Speak to the team at Salamati Law to learn how we could help. Reach out as soon as possible for a free consultation.

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