Washington State Motorcycle Endorsement How to obtain a motorcycle endorsement There are two ways to obtain a motorcycle endorsement: If you don't take an approved rider course, you must: pass a written (knowledge) test, which allows you to get an Instruction Permit, and pass a skills (riding) test OR Complete an approved rider course, and bring your completion card to any Licensing Services Office (LSO) within 180 days, to have the knowledge and skills tests waived Requirements and restrictions To apply for the motorcycle permit, you must : be at least 16 years of age, have a valid Washington State driver license, and pass a written test on motorcycle operation While learning to ride a motorcycle on a public roadway: you may not carry passengers; you may not ride a motorcycle during the hours of darkness If you are under 18 years of age, you are required to satisfactorily complete an approved rider course before you can apply for a motorcycle endorsement. Parental permission is required for the course and when applying for the endorsement. Testing appointments You will not need an appointment to take a knowledge test for an Instruction Permit. Knowledge testing is discontinued one half hour before the closure of business in each licensing office. You will need to schedule an appointment to take a riding test to obtain the motorcycle endorsement. Riding tests are given on different days of the week depending upon the licensing office. Please contact your local licensing office for available dates and times for this service. Fees An application fee of $5.00 must be paid prior to taking the written test. The initial motorcycle endorsement fee is $20.00. The renewal fee is $25.00. This is in addition to the regular driver's licensing fee.