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you to print a custom Checklist or the full list of     MOTORCYCLE SAFETY COURSES
acceptable documents. Please follow the links on
the DDS website ( to create the         All riders are also encouraged to attend a rider education     You can also view rider
Checklist of your choice.                               course which provides knowledge and hands-on-training       education courses online by
                                                        before receiving a motorcycle operator’s license.           scanning this QR code with
Different Types of Vehicles                             Under the Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program (see Table
   When looking at different types of motorcycles       of Contents page), you may earn a License Test Waiver             your mobile device.
                                                        for your Class M Motorcycle License in the Basic Riders
or motor-driven cycles, you will see the term “cc”      Course and Basic Riders Course 2. A 90-day license test
along with a number: 250cc, 500cc, 750cc. The           waiver is furnished to successful graduates.
“cc” is an abbreviation for cubic centimeter, the       Check out the rider education courses at The Georgia
volume of fuel mixed with air that powers motor-        Motorcycle Safety Program at
cycles. Road-legal motorcycles, scooters, and even      motorcycle-safety-program.
mopeds can have engines ranging from 50cc to
more than 2,000cc. A motorcycle with a higher cc
will weigh more and therefore have more power
and be able to move more weight at faster speeds.

Motorcycles                                             professional training in motorcycle handling         1.3 – The Rider Skills Test
   Every motor vehicle having a saddle for the          (motorcycles are provided) as well as earn a
                                                        License Test Waiver (if you successfully complete       Safe motorcycle riding depends largely on
use of the rider, is controlled by handlebars, and      the course).                                         your knowledge and skills. The skills for motor-
designed to travel on not more than three wheels                                                             cycling require a lot of practice. If you have just
in contact with the ground, but excluding a trac-          The License Test Waiver will allow you to         learned to handle a motorcycle and have very
tor and moped (with engine size not exceeding           bypass the knowledge test and the on-cycle skills    little riding experience, then the most important
50cc), is defined as a motorcycle. Georgia law          test at a DDS Customer Service Center. See the       part of learning to ride is still ahead.
places all types of motorcycles (including scoot-       section on the Georgia Motorcycle Safety Pro-
ers, motorbikes and mini-bikes with engine size         gram in this manual.                                    You may wish to take a Georgia Motorcycle
51cc or greater) into one classification. All are con-                                                       Safety Program rider education course that offers
sidered motor-driven cycles. A Class M License or          The other method is to apply directly at a DDS    a License Test Waiver. For more information about
a Class M Instructional Permit (MP) is required         Customer Service Center. To earn your license,       locations and schedules, visit
to legally operate a motorcycle or motor-driven         you must pass a knowledge test and an on-cycle
cycle in Georgia.                                       skills test (on your own motorcycle). You must          The Rider Skills Test (RST) is used for both two-
                                                        also pass a vision test. If the vision test was      wheeled (RST-2W) and three-wheeled vehicles
Mopeds                                                  administered and passed during the year in           (RST-3W). The following pages highlight the test-
   A moped is defined as any motor driven cycle         conjunction with another license issuance, this      ing patterns for both the two-wheel and three-
                                                        vision test may be waived.                           wheel test.
with an engine not exceeding 50cc (3.05 cubic           Knowledge Test – you will need to take and suc-
inches). Mopeds are exempt from the provisions          cessfully pass the Knowledge test. Knowledge test       Both tests consist of four riding evaluations
relating to the registration and licensing of motor     questions are based on information, practices and    that measure your control of the motorcycle and
vehicles.                                               ideas from this manual. They require that you        your hazard-response skills. The final two exer-
                                                        know and understand road rules and safe riding       cises involve speeds of about 15-20 miles per hour.
   Rules to operate mopeds on Georgia roads             practices. NOTE: This requirement is waived for
and highways:                                           applicants who have successfully completed a            You will be scored on time/distance stan-
1.	 Must be at least 15 years of age and possess a      Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program License Test       dards as well as path violations. The test may be
                                                        Waiver rider education course.                       ended early for point accumulation, committing
   valid driver’s license, instructional permit or      Rider Skills Test – you will need to take and        an unsafe act, or failure to understand or follow
   limited permit.                                      successfully pass an on-cycle skills test, which     instructions.
2.	 Must wear protective headgear (U.S. Depart-         consists of a series of exercises designed to dem-
   ment of Transportation (DOT) compliant               onstrate your basic skills in operating a motorcy-      When you report for your test:
   motorcycle helmet).                                  cle. NOTE: This requirement is waived for appli-     •	 You must have a DOT compliant helmet, eye
3.	 No tag is required.                                 cants who have successfully completed a Georgia
4.	 Must obey the same traffic laws governing           Motorcycle Safety Program 90-Day License Test           protection and closed toe footwear.
   drivers of motor vehicles.                           Waiver rider education course.                       •	 For safety, it is suggested that you wear long
5.	 May not use limited access highways or other
   roadways where the minimum speed limit is               You must furnish a motorcycle for the test and       sleeves, long pants and gloves.
   above 35 mph.                                        pass a safety inspection of the motorcycle by the    •	 You must furnish a street-legal motor-driven
                                                        DDS license examiner before the on-cycle skills
1.2 – Required Motorcycle                              test is given.                                          cycle for the test and pass a safety inspection
        License Tests                                                                                           of the motorcycle by the DDS license examiner
                                                           Basic vehicle control and crash-avoidance skills     before the riding test is given.
   Safe riding requires knowledge and skill.            are included to determine your ability to handle        PLEASE NOTE: You have the right to can-
Licensing tests are the best measurement of the         normal and hazardous traffic situations.             cel the test at any time. Inform the DDS license
basic skills necessary to operate safely in traffic.                                                         examiner that you do not wish to continue the
Assessing your own skills is not enough. People            The on-cycle skills test is designed for single-  test. The examiner will explain the conditions
often over-estimate their own abilities. It’s even      track vehicles (motorcycles) and multi-track         for rescheduling the test.
harder for friends and relatives to be totally          vehicles (motorcycles with sidecars, and three-         The DDS license examiner also has the right
honest about your skills. Licensing exams are           wheeled vehicles). Motorcycles with sidecars and     to stop the test if you (a) fail to demonstrate basic
designed to be scored more objectively.                 three-wheeled vehicles maneuver differently          control skills, (b) accumulate more than the maxi-
                                                        than a two-wheeled single-track motorcycle.          mum number of penalty points allowed, (c) com-
   There are two ways to earn a motorcycle              Vehicles outside of test standards may be required   mit any unsafe act (d) fail to understand or follow
license. You can take a Georgia Motorcycle              to use a car test route. Please be mindful on-cycle  directions, or (e) fall from or drop the motorcycle.
Safety Program Course where you will receive            testing cannot be completed in an autocycle (i.e.       Finally, all testing may be suspended due to
                                                        three-wheel car-like vehicles).                      inclement weather, equipment failure or other
                                                                                                             circumstances beyond the control of you or the

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