The first thing you should know about the Class M motorcycle license is that it is really an endorsement on your standard drivers license. Thus, the motorcycle license renewal process is essentially the same as the steps for drivers license renewal. In addition, there are a variety of methods that you can employ, and each method comes with qualifications that must be met. If you want to renew online, for instance, you can only do so if:
If you qualify, you will be able to register for an account online, provide payment information, and pay the renewal fee with cash, a check, a money order, or a debit/ATM card. The process to renew by mail involves more preparation on your part, as you will have to complete either the renewal notice you receive in the mail or the California Driver License Renewal by Mail Eligibility Information Form DL 410-FO. Once complete, you can mail in the form and payment via check or money order to:
Department of Motor Vehicles ATTN: Renewal By Mail Unit P.O. Box 942890 Sacramento, CA 94290-0001.
Then again, you also have the opportunity to renew your motorcycle endorsement in person at a local DMV office. You are required to do so if you meet one of the following scenarios:
When you arrive at the Department of Motor Vehicles office, you will need to:
Note: Out-of-state residents have the option to renew credentials by mail or online. However, they must remember to include their out-of-state address so that they receive their new license to drive.
To replace your motorcycle drivers license, you are required to visit a DMV location in person. Once you arrive, you will be asked to do the following in order to obtain a replacement license:
However, if you have lost your license within 60 days of its expiration date, you can just renew it and save yourself some trouble.
Note: If you are out-of-state when you lose your motorcycle license, you will have to contact the DMV directly find out if your extenuating circumstances allow you to obtain a replacement remotely.
All motorcycle riders in California must be able to show proof of motorcycle insurance while out on the road. Furthermore, they must be able to meet the minimum motorcycle insurance requirements in the following categories: