Connecticut Motorcycle Manual 2016


Thinking of getting a motorcycle? First things first! You’ll need to add a motorcycle endorsement to your Connecticut driver’s license. The CT DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) administers both a written knowledge test and practical road exam before issuing the Class M.

Who needs the M?

The motorcycle endorsement (the M) is required for the operation of motorcycles on public highways in Connecticut. Before you get the M, you’ll need a valid driver’s license. Prior to receiving the full endorsement, many candidates obtain the motorcycle learner’s permit, which is issued by the CT DMV. This permit allows individuals to operate motorcycles, with certain restrictions, in order to gain on-road experience and become a skilled rider.

In order to obtain the M, individuals require the following:

  • Valid Connecticut Driver’s License
  • Parental consent form (for applicants under 18 years old)
  • Fees for the knowledge and vision tests
  • Successful completion of knowledge and vision tests (allows individuals to get the learner’s permit)
  • Completion of an approved novice motorcycle-training course

Who doesn’t need the M?

There are certain exceptions, of course. The following individuals do not need the motorcycle endorsement in Connecticut:

  • Non-residents/temporary residents who have a license that authorizes motorcycle operation, from another jurisdiction
  • Members of the Armed Forces
  • Students in higher education institutions
  • Non-residents who are employed in Connecticut

Knowledge Test

The knowledge exam for the motorcycle endorsement consists of 16 questions that come from the Connecticut Motorcycle Operator Manual and the Connecticut Driver’s Manual for New Drivers. The Motorcycle Manual is prepared by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and adapted by the state DMV. It’s available online (see below), so there’s no excuse not to have it close at hand!

After close study of the Connecticut Motorcycle Manual (available online below), learners should be able to answer questions such as:

  • When is it most important to flash your brake light?
  • What are best practices for swerving?
  • What are the four steps for better vehicle control in a turn?
  • When do more than half of all motorcycle collisions occur?

Skill Test

The on-cycle CT skill test ensures that learners are aware of basic vehicle control and collision-avoidance skills. This practical test may be comprised of:

  • Familiarity with the motorcycle and riding limits
  • Ability to accelerate, brake and turn safely
  • Ability to communicate with others on the road
  • Awareness of traffic situation and how to adjust speed/position appropriately
  • Ability to stop, turn or swerve quickly
  • Ability to make critical decisions and execute them

Best of luck with the exams! See you on the road!

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