Motorcycle license Motorcycle safety course
In order to be able to operate a motorcycle, one must meet the requirements necessary to obtain a regular driving license and apply for a class M license.
First of all, you will need to have an approved motorcycle safety course before you can apply for a Class M license, unless you already have a motorcycle license registered in another state.
Our office will provide you with the motorcycle safety information as well as the class M motorcycle license.
The motorcycle safety course costs $30 per hour and must be completed at the Texas department of safety (DPS). Once validated, you will receive a certificate of completion from the DPS that will be valid for a 24 month period. Be aware that you would have to complete the course again if you do not use the certificate during those 24 months.
You then have two years to obtain your class M motorcycle license. We provide you with the class, training and the test here at Texasmotorcycleacademy.com.
Here are our tarifications :
- Each class costs $35 and has a duration of 45 minutes;
- The gear and the papers cost $250;
- To take the practical test you must pay a fee of $90. Every time you fail the test and have to re do it, you will have to pay a fee of $45;
- To take the theoretical test you must pay a fee of $20. Every time you fail the theoretical test and have to re do it, you will have to pay a fee of $10;
- Motorcycle, ATV and helmets are provided with no additional fee.
The amount of time needed to complete the training will depend on each individual but it usually takes between 20 to 30 hours before you can take the practical test as well as the theoretical test.
This will usually be done in 3 to 6 months but will also depend on the time the trainee is ready to invest as well as the current demand for the license.
For trainees with no experience with two wheeled vehicles, the first 3 to 5 hours will usually consist of a physical training designed to be able to control the bike. Experienced riders will mostly start with the next step which is the control of the bike at very low speed. You need to be able to control your bike without using your feet on the ground moving at a minimum gas speed of about 4 mph.
Cones and obstacles will be put in your ways as you will have to move around and in-between them to validate the test.
The next 10 hours will consist of road driving at normal and high speed to make sure you can drive safely among other vehicles. The inspector will check if you watch out every angle, anticipate as much as possible and also drive comfortably.
The last few hours of training will be orientated on the theoretical aspect of the exam. To make sure you can answer every question asked at the test, we will help you on how to study.
Those questions can relate to statistics, safety as well as engine issues or tires aspect for example.
Once your teacher feels like you’re ready to take the test, a date will be chosen and you will be able to obtain your class M license.
How to validate your license
Once your class M license is obtained, you will need to bring some documents to the Texas department of Safety :
- Providing proof of Identity, Citizenship, Residency;
- Social Security Number;
- Motorcycle registration;
- Motorcycle insurance;
- Certificate of completion of the Motorcycle Safety Course from Texas Department of Safety;
- Application for the Texas driver license fully filled;
- Completion of a vision test;
- Completion of a motorcycle knowledge test;
- Completion of the motorcycle road test.
If the applicant is aged between 15 and 17 years old, some other documents are needed:
- Verification of enrollment;
- Provisional license / completion of the classroom portion of drivers / completion certificate / learned permit and DE-964 with completion of the classroom portion of drivers;
- Authorization of the Class M license signed by one of the parents;
Note that 15 years olds cannot operate motorcycles with more than 250cc until they’re 16 years old. At 16 years old and one day, there is no restriction on the motorcycle cc anymore.
At the Texas Department of Safety you will also need to pay a fee of $30 to validate the class M license.