What you need to bring and to do to pass the beginning class and skip the M1 riding test at the DMV(for required items for advanced classes go to additional classes)


You must attend all classes/sessions in full and in order. You will be dropped from the class and have to pay $100 to come back as a standby student if you:
  • are late for a session(have everything you need to ride in- hand when you check in to your riding sessions or you will be considered late)
  • are coming back late from a break
  • leave early. End times are approximate and your class may go longer than expected, depending upon weather, number of questions, and many other variables. It is unusual to go over the time allotted, but if it does happen we still cannot pass you if you miss any portion of the class, no matter how good the reason you must leave or how well you are doing. Do not make appointments that you must leave for that take place immediately after your session is expected to end
  • choose to leave and/or the instructor asks you to leave for any reason, including your being
  • unprepared
  • unsafe(on purpose or otherwise)
  • unable to follow directions
  • argumentative
  • the instructor believes you are impaired/intoxicated in any manner with any drug, including alcohol or any other legal, illegal, prescription or over- the counter substance(s)


  • the MTC Student Handbook.  A link to both an English and Spanish copy will come in your confirmation letter
  • the DMV Motorcycle Handbook.  A link to both an English and Spanish copy will come in your confirmation letter
  • our waiver.  An attachment will come with your confirmation letter
  • if you do not already have your Califonia driver’s license study the DMV Drivers Handbook, since not all of the questions on the written test are presented in the classroom, and some come from this book


Your valid, government-issued photo ID to all sessions.  You will be dropped from the class and have to pay $100 to come back as a standby student if you come to any session without:
  • IDENTIFICATION(ID): you do not need a driver’s license or permit to take this class. You only need to be at least 15.5 years old, and have a valid, government- issued photo ID of any kind. It does not matter what government issued it, or if it allows you to drive. If your ID does not meet these requirements and/or if you bring a different one than you presented at your other sessions you will not be let into class or you will be dropped from the class and will have to pay a $100 fee to return as a drop in/standby student.  To indicate an ID that is from another country or that is not a driver's license enter ff where you would put usually indicate the state(ex: CA for California, TX for Texas)
    • MINORS MUST PRING A PARENT/GUARDIAN: If you are under 18, in addition to following all of the other rules, your parent/guardian MUST:
      • attend the first classroom with you until you are checked in
      • also bring their valid, government- issued photo ID
      • sign the minor waiver in front of the instructor


  • BOOTS: Sturdy over-the-ankle footwear that provides ankle support/reinforcement/padding is required. Most laced and tied hiking boots or high tops will do as long as they are laced up the way the manufacturer intended in to order to provide ankle support. High tops or boots that merely cover the ankle but do not provide ankle support(ex: Chuck Taylor high tops) will NOT be accepted.  Motorcycle-specific footwear is highly recommended, but must meet the above requirements
  • LONG SLEEVED SHIRT/JACKET: A motorcycle-specific jacket is recommended but is not always practical if it is too hot, so bring layers that allow no skin/ wrists showing when seated on the motorcycle and arms outstretched to ride.
  • DURABLE PANTS: Long, non-flared, durable pants without any rips or holes is required. Jeans made out of denim are acceptable, but stretch pants or stretch fabric (including 'jeggings') are not. Pants must cover all of the leg when seated on the motorcycle with feet up on the foot pegs - no skin/socks, etc. showing
  • GLOVES: Full- fingered gloves of a durable material are required. Many motorcycle shops carry very reasonably priced street- specific motorcycle gloves, but full- fingered leather work gloves are acceptable and can usually be found very cheap at any hardware store. Off- road motorcycle gloves, leather dress gloves, ski gloves, and work gloves of material other or that are not durable will NOT be accepted
  • RAIN GEAR: We do NOT cancel for rain. It is surprising how cold you can get even at the low speeds you will be riding in our course, and hard it can be to do even the most basic maneuvers when your teeth are chattering, so come prepared if rain and/or cold weather is expected
  • HELMETS are required gear and are provided by us, so you do not need to provide one.  You may bring your own DOT full- face helmet if you like, but if the instructor cannot verify that it meets our needs you will have to use one of ours.  We do not allow helmets that are not full- face for our beginning classes.  We strongly recommend you wait until after you take the class so you may make an educated decision about which kind of helmet is best for you, as a good helmet can be a very expensive investment
  • EYE PROTECTION: Must be shatter-resistant. Prescription glasses or sunglasses will suffice, but eye protection other than the face shield on a full face helmet is not necessary
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  • A written test is given at the end of the second classroom session
  • The riding test is given at the end of the second riding session
If you do not pass the written or riding test(s) we are allowed to let you retake it once.  If you do not pass or do not finish your class for any reason you will receive an email explaining how to come back