How to Renew/Replace a Motorcycle License in California
How to Renew a Motorcycle License in California
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:
- Your address will remain the same.
- The CA DMV has your Social Security Number on file.
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:
- You are at least 70 years old
- Your motorcycle license is set to expire in more than 60 days
- You renewed your motorcycle drivers license by mail or online the last two times
- You need to take the written knowledge exam
- Take a vision test.
- Take a written test (if necessary).
- Give your thumbprint.
- Get your photo taken.
- Provide a completed driver license or identification card application.
How to Replace a CA Motorcycle LicenseTo 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:
- Fill out and present a DL-44 form
- Provide one proof of your ID (only originals or certified copies of documents):
- U.S. passport
- Birth certificate
- U.S. military ID
- Provide Social Security Number
- Provide one proof of residency:
- Utility bill
- Bank statement
- W-2 form
- Permanent resident card
- Provide one proof of legal presence (non-U.S. citizens)
- Green Card a.k.a. I-551 Form
- I-551 stamp on passport
- Pay the motorcycle driving license replacement fee:
- The CA DMV accepts cash, checks, money orders, and debit/ATM cards
Motorcycle InsuranceAll 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:
- Bodily injury/death to one person
- Bodily injury/death to multiple people
- Property damage