You must complete a Washington DC motorcycle license renewal with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) if you plan to operate a motorcycle in the state. When your driver’s license nears its expiration date, it is important to complete the renewal of the license and motorcycle endorsement so you can maintain your driving and riding privileges. It is illegal to drive a motor vehicle or operate a motorcycle if your license and endorsement are not current. Doing so can result in receiving a violation, which can lead to a license suspension or penalty fees.

When you renew a motorcycle license, you are actually renewing your current driver’s license and the motorcycle endorsement that you earned when you completed the mandatory exam and safety course. You may be eligible to complete the renewal process online or by mail. However, in some cases, you may be required to visit a DMV office in person to renew your license and endorsement. To find out more about renewing a motorcycle license, including the documentation you may need to present and the fees you will owe, read through the following information.

When to Renew a Motorcycle License in Washington DC

Your DC bike license renewal date is the same as your regular driver’s license expiration date. Your motorcycle endorsement coincides with your driving privileges, so you can renew both at the same time. It is important to keep track of your current driver’s license expiration date so you can complete the renewal process before it expires. Driving with an expired license or operating a motorcycle when your license is expired is against the law. You could face legal consequences if you are unable to provide law enforcement with active and updated driving credentials if requested.

If you already have a Real ID-compliant license, you usually need to renew bike license credentials every eight years, when your license expires. The DMV will mail you a renewal notification 60 days before your license is set to expire. At this time, you can begin the renewal process.

If your license has expired, you can still renew it within 364 days of the expiration date. However, if it has been expired for 365 days or longer, you will be required to successfully pass the knowledge exam again or take the DC online traffic school course to have the requirement waived.

If you did not complete a motorbike license renewal within the allotted time frame and it has been expired for more than 545 days, you are required to take and pass both the knowledge and road skills tests. You may also be required to re-apply for your motorcycle endorsement and complete the testing and educational requirements.

Eligibility for Motorcycle License Renewal in Washington DC

You must meet the Washington DC motorcycle renewal requirements before you can successfully renew your driver’s license and motorcycle endorsement. If you have open transactions with the DMV and you owe funds, you must satisfy these balances before you can complete the renewal process. Additionally, if you have unpaid traffic tickets or fines, you must pay these before you will be permitted to renew your license.

To renew a motorcycle endorsement and your driving privileges, you must also:

  • Be at least 18 years of older.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.
  • Be a Washington DC resident.
  • Have a license that is not suspended or revoked.

To prove that you meet these requirements, the DMV may ask you to provide documentation, especially if you have not provided certain documents when renewing in the past.

Required Documents

There are specific documents required to renew a motorcycle license that you must present to the DMV if you do not yet have a Real ID-compliant license. You must submit original documentation that includes:

  • One proof of identity. This document should include your full name and date of birth, such as an unexpired U.S. passport or U.S. birth certificate.
  • Two proofs of DC residency. To satisfy this requirement, you can provide utility bills, tax statements, mortgage statements, car loan statements or insurance policies.
  • One proof of your Social Security Number. The document you provide must include your full 9-digit Social Security Number and full legal name. You could choose to present your Social Security card, W-2 form, pay statement or 1099 form.

If you already have a Real ID-compliant license and you simply need to renew a motorcycle license, you may not be required to present these documents. In this case, you will only need to bring your renewal notice, current driver’s license and payment for renewal fees.

Instances When You Cannot Renew Your Motorcycle License in Washington DC

If you do not meet the DC motorcycle renewal requirements, you will not be permitted to renew your license and endorsement with the DMV. Your license must be valid and cannot be revoked or suspended.

You must also be able to prove you are physically and mentally fit enough to continue operating a motor vehicle and motorcycle. Therefore, if you fail the vision exam or cannot provide a medical certification upon request, you may be denied a renewal.

You must also be able to provide the motorbike license renewal documents when they are requested, as well as the renewal fees. If your license has been expired for 365 days or longer, you are required to meet the education or exam credentials before you can renew. Failure to complete all steps in the renewal process may lead to a delay or denial.

How to Renew a Washington DC Motorcycle License Online

If your license is close to expiring, you may wonder “Can I renew my motorcycle license online in Washington DC?” While an online renewal may be the most convenient method for renewing your driving privileges, you must meet specific eligibility criteria to qualify to use the online renewal system.

You cannot renew a motorcycle license online if you:

  • Are 70 years of age or older.
  • Have a suspended or revoked license.
  • Experienced fainting or seizures within the past 12 months.
  • Reported any change in your medical condition in the past 12 months, such as an Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis, cataracts, drug abuse or other changes that could affect your driving abilities.
  • Changed your name recently and it has not yet been updated with the DMV.
  • Renewed your license online or by mail last time.

To complete the online renewal process, you must have a valid credit card, your current driver’s license and the correct address on file with the DMV. Your current driver’s license must already be Real ID-compliant.

If you do qualify for an online motorcycle license renewal, you can visit the DMV website and begin the process. You will be required to:

  1. Take a quick driver assessment quiz.
  2. Provide your driver’s license renewal information, including your driver’s license number.
  3. Answer the medical questions.
  4. Record your organ donation response.
  5. Pay your renewal fee with a major credit card.
  6. Print your receipt and the 45-day temporary license, if needed.

Your renewal driver’s license, along with your motorcycle endorsement, will be mailed within 10 business days.

How to Renew a Washington DC Motorcycle License by Mail

You are only eligible to renew a bike license in DC by mail if you renewed in person the last time. You must also already possess a Real ID-compliant license. If you are eligible to complete your renewal by mail, your renewal notification will offer you this option and will provide you with step-by-step instructions on sending in your renewal.

If you are wondering how to renew motorcycle license credentials by mail, you can follow these steps:

  1. Complete the renewal application enclosed with your renewal notification. You can also obtain this application online and print it out.
  2. Prepare payment in the form of a check or money order.
  3. Mail these items to:
Government of the District of Columbia
Department of Motor Vehicles
PO Box 90120
Washington, DC 20090

Follow any additional instructions provided on your renewal notice. You should allow extra time for mailing and processing if you use this renewal method.

How to Renew a Washington DC Motorcycle License in Person

You can find out where to renew a motorcycle license in Washington DC by visiting the DMV website and browsing the list of locations. There are four DMV service centers you can visit to process your renewal. You must visit an office in person if you renewed online or by mail last time. You are also required to visit an office to renew if you do not yet have a Real ID-compliant driver’s license.

When you find an office you want to visit to renew a motorbike endorsement, review the office’s details online so you can learn:

  • Office hours.
  • The best times to visit.
  • Acceptable payment methods.
  • Services rendered.
  • Location, address and phone number.
  • Available public transportation.

Some offices may accept appointments, while many only offer services on a first-come, first-serve basis. By using the office’s online webcam function, you can see in real time the number of customers waiting to be assisted.

Washington DC Motorcycle License Renewal Costs

You are responsible for paying the DC motorcycle license renewal fee when you attempt to renew. If you are renewing in person, you should review the office’s acceptable payment methods before visiting. The online renewal system only accepts major credit cards for payment, including Discover, Visa, Mastercard and American Express. You must mail in a check or money order when renewing by mail.

Your motorcycle license renewal cost is $47 for eight years. This fee includes your motorcycle endorsement, which automatically renews for eight years when you renew your license. All child support payments, traffic fines and DMV transaction fees must be paid in full before attempting to renew your license.

Last updated on Wednesday, March 6 2019.

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