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getting license, if new to CA?
« on: 07/12/11 09:29PM »
so if I'm from MA, and I hold a valid motorcycle license out there (w' the MSF; but I left the card back home), do I still have to take a motorcycle driving test to get a CA license?

the checklist at the DMV website (http://dmv.ca.gov/dl/checklists/mc.htm) says I need:
-the DL44 license application
-$31
-pass a vision exam
-pass a written test
-get a thumb print
-get a picture taken
-provide proof of identity w' a passport/ss card

then it says I have to provide evidence of completion of an MSF, or schedule an appt w' the DMV for a motorcycle driving test

on a separate note: do I just do all the above, minus the road test for a driver's license?

and does anyone have an insurance recommendation?

my goal is to find insurance between 8-9am, be at the DMV by 9am, and be CA registered, insured, and licensed by noon...can I do it?
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Re: getting license, if new to CA?
« Reply #1 on: 07/12/11 10:06PM »
The car and motorcycle written exams are all you will need to do... oh, and pay a butt load of fees.

Make an appointment with DMV rather than just show up. You will wait 10-15 minutes vs. 2 hours.

State Farm and AAA are generally the cheapest for sportbikes in CA but shop around because some people do get good rates from the others.
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Re: getting license, if new to CA?
« Reply #2 on: 07/15/11 01:10PM »
I have NATIONWIDE insurance full coverage....I pay $233.00 a year for my 2007 Bandit, but I've been riding forever also.....and I'm 50.

When I came to So Cal in 1986 I already had a cycle license from Michigan so like the above poster said all I had to take was the written test.
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Re: getting license, if new to CA?
« Reply #3 on: 07/15/11 01:12PM »
The car and motorcycle written exams are all you will need to do... oh, and pay a butt load of fees.

Make an appointment with DMV rather than just show up. You will wait 10-15 minutes vs. 2 hours.

State Farm and AAA are generally the cheapest for sportbikes in CA but shop around because some people do get good rates from the others.
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Re: getting license, if new to CA?
« Reply #4 on: 07/15/11 01:18PM »
regarding the wait time, it depends on what DMV you plan to go to. even making an appointment with one may set you back a few days or a week or 2. dont bother going to the Fullerton DMV, its always packed and can be pretty slow.

call the DMV to get your questions answered though. most people on here will give you great advice, but play it safe and ask the source in which you are going to. they will glady fill you in on all info you need so you can go into the DMV ready for everything! welcome to CA man...

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Re: getting license, if new to CA?
« Reply #5 on: 07/15/11 01:37PM »
Yup, forget Fullerton. Takes forever. I've heard good things about the Corona DMV. Barely a line sometimes from what Ive heard.

I got Progressive for my insurance. Less than $100 for a year for minimum coverage. I did everything online.

Hope that helps.

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Re: getting license, if new to CA?
« Reply #6 on: 07/15/11 02:25PM »
Just need to take the written exam again.....study up, I failed the first go around lol. 

 

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