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New York DMV Motorcycle Practice Test


Motorcycle written practice test

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New York DMV Motorcycle Test: What You Need to Know

Driving a motorcycle is a fun and economical way to get around. In New York, motorcycle drivers and passengers must have a license and also wear approved helmets and eye protection goggles if not using a full face helmet.

Adults can get a class M license, while 16 and 17 year-olds can get a class MJ permit. Getting a permit involves passing the New York DMV motorcycle test as a first step.

Before the New York DMV Motorcycle Test

A driver must apply for a permit at a New York DMV. The application process requires paperwork to prove identity and birth date such as:

  • A birth certificate with a raised seal
  • A current driver’s license or permit
  • A U.S. or foreign passport or passport card
  • A military photo ID
  • A Social Security Card

A complete list of the acceptable forms of identification for the New York DMV motorcycle test is available for download. It is recommended that all applicants bring a Social Security card along with other identification.

There are also fees for the application and test, but fees will vary depending upon factors, such as already holding a driver’s license, the age of the applicant, etc. The NYS DMV asserts the fees will vary from $21 to $120.

Basics About the Test

The New York DMV motorcycle test contains 20 multiple choice questions. The questions are taken from both the Motorcycle Operator’s Manual and the NYS Driver’s Manual.


Questions concern road signs, rules and laws on drinking and driving in addition to specific questions about driving a motorcycle. According to the NYS Driver’s Manual, applicants must get at least 14 out of 20 questions correct to pass, and get at least two of the four questions concerning road signs correct.

After the New York DMV Motorcycle Test

Once an applicant has passed the New York DMV motorcycle test, he or she may begin practice driving for the on-road test. The NY DMV recommends at least 50 hours of practice and a motorcycle safety course.

Practice must be conducted with another licensed motorcycle driver who is at least 21 years old. Additionally, the practice driver and the supervising driver must stay within a quarter mile of each other.

Permit drivers who hold another license—such as a driver’s license—can also take a Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Motorcycle Basic Rider Course. Successful completion of such a course will take place of passing an on-road test.

Drivers under the age of 18 must get 50 hours of supervised practice over a period of at least six months; 15 of which must be after sundown. Also required is a Certificate of Supervised Driving form signed by a parent or guardian.

Taking a driver education course through a school or approved administrator will allow a 17 year-old with a MJ permit to get a senior M driver’s license without having to wait until age 18. An MJ permit will turn to M class senior driver’s license once the operator turns 18 with full driving privileges.