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Thinking of getting a motorcycle? First things first! You’ll need to add a motorcycle endorsement to your Connecticut driver’s license. The CT DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) administers both a written knowledge test and practical road exam before issuing the Class M.
Who needs the M?
The motorcycle endorsement (the M) is required for the operation of motorcycles on public highways in Connecticut. Before you get the M, you’ll need a valid driver’s license. Prior to receiving the full endorsement, many candidates obtain the motorcycle learner’s permit, which is issued by the CT DMV. This permit allows individuals to operate motorcycles, with certain restrictions, in order to gain on-road experience and become a skilled rider.
In order to obtain the M, individuals require the following:
Who doesn’t need the M?
There are certain exceptions, of course. The following individuals do not need the motorcycle endorsement in Connecticut:
The knowledge exam for the motorcycle endorsement consists of 16 questions that come from the Connecticut Motorcycle Operator Manual and the Connecticut Driver’s Manual for New Drivers. The Motorcycle Manual is prepared by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and adapted by the state DMV. It’s available online (see below), so there’s no excuse not to have it close at hand!
After close study of the Connecticut Motorcycle Manual (available online below), learners should be able to answer questions such as:
The on-cycle CT skill test ensures that learners are aware of basic vehicle control and collision-avoidance skills. This practical test may be comprised of:
Best of luck with the exams! See you on the road!