[embedded content] Watch this 3 minute Video on how toget your motorcycle Permit & License Everything you need to know about obtaining yourMA Motorcycle Permit & License Q: Do I need a permit to take the class? If you have your MA Motorcycle Permit when you come to the Basic Rider Course (BRC) and you successfully complete the course you will receive your motorcycle license in the mail 7-10 business days after the class.
Getting your motorcycle permit and license by passing the course is a simple process and is described in the following 4 steps. STEP 1 You will need to go to the RMV and pass a test (given on their computer). You do NOT need an appointment and the fee is $30. Most people pass the test the first time. However, if you would like to study, you should read the MA Motorcycle Drivers Manual. All of the questions on the Permit test are from the Motorcycle Manual STEP 2 While you are at the RMV, you should also "pre-pay" for the Motorcycle Endorsement (fee is $15).
The Motorcycle Endorsement is the letter "M" that will be placed on your license to show you are a licensed motorcyclist. By pre-paying before you take the Motorcycle Safety Course, the RMV will be able to mail you the new motorcycle license and you will not have to return to the RMV to pay the $15 fee. Note: If you already have your permit and did NOT prepay the $15 endorsement fee when you were at the RMV, then you can do the following steps.
Prepaying for the motorcycle endorsement is not mandatory in order to get your license. It just enables the RMV to mail you the motorcycle license (after passing the course) rather than you having to go back to the RMV and pick it up. Call 857-368-8000. Say "Road Test". Say "Pre Pay". Say the Permit Number. Don't be concerned when the system says "Scheduled Road Test". Say the date of birth. System will tell you the total is $15.
00. Pay with Credit Card. STEP 3 Bring your permit to your scheduled class and the Training Wheels instructor will electronically notify the RMV when you successfully complete the course. The RMV will then mail you your new Massachusetts Motorcycle License within 7-10 business days of passing the course. STEP 4 To register for a Motorcycle Rider Education class near you, click here. Go to top ...about your motorcycle permit & license How do I get my motorcycle license if I pass the course? If you successfully complete the BRC or ERC Rider Course, have a valid Massachusetts motorcycle permit at the time, and your permit does not expire for at least 2 weeks following the course completion date, you'll qualify for licensing through the course with no further testing at the registry! You will NOT have to go to the RMV and take a Road Test if you pass the course.
If you have prepaid for the motorcycle endorsement for your license, the RMV will mail you your new motorcycle license. If you did not prepay for the motorcycle endorsement for your license, the RMV will mail you a "Certificate of Completion" instructing you to go to an RMV to get your license. Will I have to go back to the RMV after the course to get my motorcycle license? No. As long as you have prepaid the fee for the motorcycle endorsement (M) on your license you should not have to return to the RMV.
Upon successfully completing the course we will notify the RMV and they will mail you your motorcycle license. You will usually receive it within 7 business days. How do I prepay for my motorcycle endorsement on my license before I take the course? If you have not gone to the RMV to get your motorcycle permit you should also prepay for the motorcycle endorsement for your license at that time. The RMV clerk may not ask you if you would like to prepay (we are working on changing that).
You must say "I'd like to prepay for my motorcycle endorsement". The fee is $15. Note: If you already have your permit and did NOT prepay the $15 endorsement fee when you were at the RMV, then you can do the following steps. Prepaying for the motorcycle endorsement is not mandatory in order to get your license. It just enables the RMV to mail you the motorcycle license (after passing the course) rather than you having to go back to the RMV and pick it up.
Call 857-368-8000. Say "Road Test". Say "Pre Pay". Say the Permit Number. Don't be concerned when the system says "Scheduled Road Test". Say the date of birth. System will tell you the total is $15.00. Pay with Credit Card. What if I don't prepay for the motorcycle endorsement fee before I take the class? All that means is that in approximately 10 business days after you successfully complete the course you will receive a "Certificate of Completion" form instructing you to bring the form, permit and course completion card to the RMV.
Please realize that by prepaying for the endorsement fee you will save yourself a trip to the RMV. There is no way to expedite this process. Go to top Do I need a permit to take the class? You are allowed to take the class with or without your permit. However, if you do have your permit prior to taking (and passing) the class, you can be exempt from having to take the registry's road test to receive your motorcycle license.
That also saves you $20 in RMV fees. Do I need a permit in order to register for the class? No. You can register online for a class without having a motorcycle permit. However, as stated in the above question you are advised to obtain a permit before you ARRIVE to your scheduled class. How do I get a permit? Motorcycle permits are issued at any full-service Registry of Motor Vehicles - no appointments are made for this exam.
You must pass a computerized multiple choice test and pay a $30 fee. Want to study beforehand? Pick up a copy of the Operator's Manual that they have located at their information booths. Many of the questions you will be asked are general rules of the road and not motorcycle-specific. Should I be nervous about taking the RMV's written motorcycle permit test? Not at all. The RMV wants to insure that you know basic rules of the road.
They count on us to teach you motorcycle safety. All of the questions on the exam are taken from the RMV Motorcycle Manual.To view the manual please click this link. If I have a Rhode Island or New Hampshire drivers license, can I take the Training Wheels BRC in Massachusetts to get my motorcycle license? If you have a Rhode Island or New Hampshire drivers license you can take the Training Wheels Basic Rider Course (BRC) in Massachusetts and receive your RI or NH motorcycle license.
RI & NH are "reciprocal" states and they honor the Training Wheels BRC if taken at any of our six locations in Massachusetts. After you successfully complete the BRC you will be provided with a confirmation certificate that you can bring to your DMV and receive your Rhode Island or New Hampshire motorcycle license. Go to top This page designed and copyright © 2000-present by Page Crafters.All rights reserved.
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All the riding I did was in a parking lot in the Bronx.Alex Davies / Business Insider A few months ago, I decided I wanted to try riding a Vespa around New York City. Then I learned that to ride a scooter legally in this state, you need a motorcycle license. And that's how I ended up making two trips to the DMV, taking three tests, dropping $350, and spending a weekend split between a college classroom and a college parking lot.
All in all, it was a lot of fun, especially the two-day course I took with the Motorcycle Safety School, which is where I learned everything I know know about motoring on two wheels. Here's how it went down. Step 1: Getting a learner’s permit You need to do this, whether you want to take a course or learn to ride on your own. It's the least fun part of the process, as it involves a trip to the DMV.
Before going, I took a few hours to study the Motorcycle Manual, a helpful booklet that goes over the basics like controls, proper riding gear, and rules of the road. It also covers the things least familiar to car drivers, like which part of the lane you should be in at any given point. Once I got through the DMV rigmarole and sat down for the written test, I was relieved even before I handed it in.
There are 20 multiple choice questions. You can get six wrong and still pass. Several were about the risks of drinking and driving. A few more were about what road signs mean. One was about how to parallel park a car. So I got my permit. The riding portion of the course involves a lot of waiting, as other students take their turns.Alex Davies / Business Insider Step 2: Sign up for a two-day rider course If you don’t know how to ride, the best way to learn and get licensed in New York is through the two-day course with the Motorcycle Safety School.
There are locations around the city and a few upstate. I went with a course at Lehman College, in the Bronx. Price: $350. Before my course, I took a two-hour introductory lesson, where we did some very basic riding. It's not necessary for the two-day, and is really meant to help people decide if they really want to learn to ride. At the two-day course, I immediately learned people who are into motorcycles are really friendly, and each had their own motivations for getting their license.
One woman was tired of riding on the back of her husband’s bike, or seeing him disappear for hours on long rides. One man hated his nearly 90-minute commute to work that involved multiple trains and buses, but didn’t want to buy a car. Most people just thought it would be fun to learn. We spent a lot of time practicing slow, standard turns.Alex Davies / Business Insider Step 3: Learning by the book The course goes from 7:30 a.
m. to 6 p.m. in the afternoon, both Saturday and Sunday. It’s roughly half classroom time and half riding time. The classroom portion is taught strictly to the test you take on day two. We went over things like: The four steps in turning (slow, look, press, roll). When you should lean left to go left - when you should lean right to go left. Why you always use both the front and rear brakes (and that there’s no real risk of flipping over the handlebars if you forget to hit the back one) This was helpful and mostly interesting, but not nearly as helpful or interesting as actually learning while on the bike.
And the written test, it turned out, was about as easy as the learner’s permit. Everyone in my course turned out to be friendly. That's a good thing, since we had a lot of time to chat.Alex Davies / Business Insider Step 4: Riding By early Saturday afternoon, I was standing in a parking lot, ready to ride. Students provide full-fingered gloves, over the ankle boots, and a long sleeve shirt. The school provides helmets and bikes.
Most of us rode very well broken in Suzuki GZ 250s. These aren't powerful bikes. Unlike cars and scooters (in the U.S., at least), most motorcycles use manual transmissions. There’s no need to know how to drive a stick before taking the course (the only requirements are the permit and the ability to ride a bike), but a basic understanding of what a clutch and gears do will make learning how to use them much easier.
With my instructors Danny and Brett, I learned how to ride in logical baby steps. I began with the controls and how to start the bike. In first gear, I learned about the most important tool available to beginners: the friction zone. If the bike is in gear, letting the clutch out a bit (into the friction zone) will move it forward, just like taking your foot of the brake in an automatic car. Even without hitting the throttle, there’s enough power here to get the bike up to a few miles per hour.
Once I was comfortable riding the bike using just the friction zone, the instructors pushed me to use the throttle. Throughout the course, they encouraged everyone to go faster and shift into higher gears. The idea is that you won’t be riding at 10 mph once you’re in traffic, so you had better learn how to ride faster in a safe environment. It’s also more fun to go fast. That goes to the heart of why we all gave up a weekend to learn to ride: It’s supposed to be fun.
Even circling cones in a parking lot at 20 mph generates a rush. If you don't get a rise out of it then riding probably isn't for you. Each exercise built on what we had learned so far in the course, and followed a simple pattern. One instructor explained what we would do. The other demonstrated. Then we mounted up and tried it ourselves. We covered shifting gears while accelerating, then engine braking by downshifting.
We did quick stops, how to swerve around an obstacle, and what to do if there’s a two-by-four in the road (approach at a 90 degree angle, rev the throttle just before hitting it, and rise off the seat). On the U-turn portion of the test, a fellow student keeps his body upright and turns his head in the direction he's turning.Alex Davies / Business Insider Step 5: The Test The road test was not as easy as the written exam, but it wasn’t tough, either.
There are four components: a tight U-turn, a swerve, a quick stop, and a regular turn. Each mistake adds points to your score. If you rack up more than 20, you fail. If you fall off your bike, you fail immediately. It’s hard to flunk. I ran totally outside the lines on the tight U-turn — twice — and didn’t go into the regular turn with enough speed. That left me with eight points, so I passed easily.
Everyone in my course passed. I got a waiver, which I took to the DMV and exchanged for a license. Am I Ready To Ride? Sort of. I feel like I did after my first few lessons driving a stick shift car — ready for the road, but not brimming with confidence. I can operate a motorcycle; I won’t fall off or crash if a car cuts me off. But I have zero experience riding on a real road. Everything I know about riding in traffic comes from classroom instruction.
If I do buy a motorcycle, I would feel ready to ride in very light traffic and optimal conditions (daytime, dry weather). I would also consider going back to the Motorcycle Safety School for extra lessons. Do I Want To Ride? Absolutely. I learned about the risks — the course covers them thoroughly. I learned the limits of my ability — the simple road test drove that home. And I learned that it doesn't take anything more than a good teacher and plenty of practice to get better.
Full Disclosure: Vespa covered our $350 course fee, and the Motorcycle Safety School provided the $90 introductory lesson at no charge. SEE ALSO: 17 Simple And Cheap Ways To Make NYC's Subways A Lot Better