Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Washington Motorcycle Safety Training

FAQ & Motorcycle Policies

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Frequently Asked Questions

Obtaining your full motorcycle endorsement is a two step process:

  1. You first earn a motorcycle permit by passing a permit Knowledge test, (50 questions), and permit level Skills test.
  2. After you have passed permit level testing, you move on to the endorsement level Knowledge test, (25 questions) and endorsement level Skills test.

 permit level and endorsement level safety courses include a knowledge test and a skills test corresponding with the course level.

Click here to view an informational brochure provided by the DOL to help you.

 

If you are a minor, it is required that you attend and pass a safety course to get your permit or endorsement.  You must have a parent arrive with their ID at the start of class to sign the required waiver with your instructor.  You will not be allowed to participate in class without the waiver being signed by a parent in the presence of your instructor.      

Yes.  We have a large fleet of training motorcycles for students to use in our safety courses. 

Yes.  You may use your own motorcycle, scooter or 3 wheel motorcycle instead of using one of ours.

It will need to pass a safety inspection, performed at the beginning of the riding portion of the course by your instructor. You will be asked to provide proof of ownership and insurance on the motorcycle, scooter or 3 wheel motorcycle you plan to ride. It needs to be street legal, meaning all required equipment is functional and it must be registered with a license plate on it. 

In Silverdale, your motorcycle is required to have a stock exhaust system to comply with noise restrictions.

  • A helmet that meets DOT standards
  • Long jeans or heavier material pants with no rips, tears or holes
  • Long sleeve shirt or jacket that is weather appropriate
  • Eye protection such as glasses, sunglasses, safety glasses or goggles
  • Sturdy boots that cover the ankle with no more than a 1-inch heel
  • Gloves that cover the entire hand

You will not be able to ride without the required riding gear.  

You must arrive on time to all portions of your course and be prepared to ride safely on the range.

We must strictly adhere to the on time and prepared to ride safely policy. Please be on time and arrive prepared with all the required riding gear listed. If you arrive late or unprepared to any portion of your course you will not be able to continue and is a forfeit of your tuition. We want you to be successful.  Please be sure you are early and prepared to ride.

Yes.  

If you would like to reschedule your course, there is a $25 rescheduling fee if rescheduled 10 days prior to the start of your course. 

Refunds will only be issued for cancellations made more than 10 days before the start of the course.  Changes cannot be made less than 10 days before the start of your course. 

If you are late, arrive unprepared to ride or do not show up for your course, you forfeit your registration fee.  

You are required to add your permit or endorsement to your license through the Washington LicenceExpress website.  Your permit or endorsement will be available to add to your driving license three business days after successful completion of your testing.

Your permit or endorsement is not valid until you complete the process in LicenseExpress to renew or replace your driver’s license and pay the fee. 

For more info look at our step by step guide HERE

To check the status of your motorcycle permit or endorsement, you can Search here.

Motorcycle permits are valid for 180 days and can be renewed one time.  Be sure to sign up for an endorsement course in advance as they do sell out.    

To check the status of your motorcycle permit or endorsement, you can Search here.

While our instructors will do as much as possible to help you learn to ride, we can not guarantee that you will learn to ride or that you will pass the knowledge or skills exams that are required to obtain your permit or endorsement.

If you were not able to successfully complete your skills testing included in your course, please visit our motorcycle retesting page

Motorcycle Policies

  • A helmet that meets DOT standards
  • Long jeans or heavier material pants with no rips, tears or holes.
  • Long sleeve shirt or jacket that is weather appropriate.
  • Eye protection such as glasses, sunglasses, safety glasses or goggles.
  • Sturdy boots that cover the ankle with no more than a 1-inch heel.
  • Gloves that cover the entire hand.

 

You will not be permitted to ride without the required riding gear

We must strictly adhere to an on time and prepared to ride safely policy. Please be on time and arrive prepared with all the required riding gear listed, and be prepared for the outdoor conditions.  Rain or shine.  

If you arrive late or unprepared to any portion of your course you will not be able to continue and it is a forfeit of your tuition. Be sure you are on time and ready to ride.

You must arrive on time to all portions of your course and be prepared to ride safely on the range.

If you would like to reschedule your course, there is a $25 rescheduling fee if rescheduled 10 days prior to the start of your course.  Changes cannot be made less than 10 days before the start of your course. 

Refunds will only be issued for cancellations made more than 10 days before the course.  Changes cannot be made less than 10 days before the start of your course. 

If you are late, arrive unprepared or do not show up for your course, you forfeit your registration fee.

You may use your own motorcycle, scooter or 3 wheel motorcycle instead of using one of ours.

It must pass a safety inspection that the instructors will perform at the beginning of the riding portion of the course. You will be asked to provide proof of ownership and show that you are insured on the motorcycle, scooter or 3 wheel motorcycle you plan to ride. It must be street legal, meaning all required equipment is functional and it must be registered with license plates on it.

If your motorcycle course is in Silverdale, you must also have a stock exhaust system to comply with noise restrictions.

Most motorcycle safety courses have a classroom component and a range riding component.  Your course schedule and location details will be included in your course confirmation.  

‘s has classrooms and ranges located in Aberdeen, Auburn, Silverdale and Everett

In Everett there are multiple classrooms supporting one large range location.  Check the classroom location in your confirmation carefully.  Course confirmations are sent to the email you registered with from Motorcycle@gowmst.com immediately following your registration.  

While our motorcycle instructors will do as much as possible to help you learn to ride, we can not guarantee that you will learn to ride or that you will pass the knowledge or skills exams that are required to obtain your motorcycle permit or endorsement. If you were not able to successfully complete your skills testing included in your course please Schedule a  returning student retest.

Not Sure Where to Start

We have a course selection tool to help you find your path to a motorcycle endorsement

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It is illegal to ride on the road without having a valid permit or endorsement to and from a scheduled testing or course session. We have motorcycles for your use in our safety courses.

Passing the permit or endorsement tests does not make it legal to ride on the road. You must go to LicenseExpress to add your motorcycle permit or endorsement. It is not added to your license until you log in and pay the DOL fee to have it added to your new license. After you have passed your knowledge and skills exam and your scores are entered, (3 business days), log in to add it to your license.

Permits are valid for 6 months.