Washington D.C. DMV Motorcycle Permit Practice Test 2022

There are 25 questions on the Washington D.C. DMV motorcycle test, and you will need to answer at least 20 correctly to get a passing score (80%). The questions in our sample tests are nearly identical to those on the official DC MC test.

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Which statement is true regarding signaling?

ASignaling is unnecessary unless driving in heavy traffic
BYou don’t have to signal when turning
You shouldn’t assume that a driver signaling a turn will turn

Watch out for how other vehicles are acting (e.g. slowing down or turning), and don’t believe blindly in turn signals. Other drivers may signal too early or forget to turn off their turn signal after turning.

What should you do when driving downhill?

AUse your brakes frequently and avoid engine braking
BUse a higher gear
Keep an eye on your speed and know what’s behind you

If you brake too much using your brake pedal, your brakes may overheat and stop functioning. A low gear will allow for your vehicle to engine brake, and thus avoid overheating.

Keep an eye on your surroundings (e.g. if you have a large vehicle behind you). Your vehicle will pick up speed on its own when driving downhill (due to gravity), so also check your speed every now and then to see if you’re riding faster than is safe.

Which of the following are examples of safe and responsible riding?

ATrying to maintain your speed and avoid jerky driving
BUsing higher gears whenever possible
CSlowing down when approaching an intersection
All of the above

“Jerky” riding leads to higher fuel consumption as you will have to break and accelerate more. It also increases the probability of a collision as your behavior will be unpredictable for other drivers.

When stopped, should you stand close to or well behind the vehicle in front?

AAs close as possible to the vehicle ahead of you
Well behind the vehicle ahead of you
CIt doesn't matter

By staying well behind the vehicle ahead of you when stopped, you will have an escape route if (1) the vehicle backs up or (2) the vehicle behind you is traveling too quickly to stop in time.

How should you handle a tailgater?

ASpeed up
BFlash your emergency lights
CSlow down by about 75%
Allow the tailgater to pass you

There are good and bad ways to handle tailgaters. If you speed up, it's possible the tailgater will speed up as well which means you will just have someone tailgating you but at a higher speed. Flashing your emergency lights or slowing down does not usually help, instead the best way to handle the situation is to allow the tailgater to pass you. You can also slow down gently to open up a larger space ahead of you - this will give you more space to stop if an emergency develops and encourage the tailgater to pass you.

What should you avoid when passing a vehicle?

ASignaling before returning to your lane
Returning to your lane too early

It can be dangerous to return to your lane too early - always make sure that the passed vehicle is at a safe distance behind you before signaling and returning to the lane.

What does the three-step process "SEE" stand for?

AStop, evaluate, execute
BStraighten, expect, execute
Search, evalute, execute

SEE is a three-step process that motorcycle riders can use to make appropriate judgments and apply them correcly. It stands for Search, Evaluate, Execute.

Are all motorcycle mirrors the same?


There are both flat and convex mirrors. If you are not used to convex mirrors, you should get familiar with them before you ride. Convex mirrors provide a wider view of the road behind the motorcycle than flat mirrors, but makes everything appear smaller and farther away than they really are.

Does your weight affect your BAC level?


Different persons will reach different BAC even though they drink the same amount. There are a number of factors will affect your BAC including the type of alcohol you consume, how long since you’ve had your last meal, your body size and your gender.

Is the following statement true? Riders driving in light traffic do not have to use turn signals if they perform a quick lane change.


Riders must signal their intentions like any other driver, which includes signaling for all lane changes even in light traffic. Do not change lanes without signaling at any time as you will put yourself at risk.

Most motorcycle collisions involve riders who:

AOverbrake the front tire and underbrake the rear
Underbrake the front tire and overbrake the rear

The front brake provides about 75% of the braking power. If you underbrake the front tire, and overbrake the rear, it's likely you won't have enough braking power to stop in time. You should use both the front and rear brakes when emergency braking. Just be careful to not slam the front brakes as it may lead to you flying over the motorcycle - practice, practice, practice!

Motorcycle riders should:

AExpect that other drivers will see you and yield the right--of-way when they should
Expect that other drivers will NOT see you and fail to yield the right--of-way when they should

You cannot be certain that others will see you or yield the right-of-way. Adapt your riding so you won't crash as a result of someone else's negligence.

From the perspective of a car driver, should you be extra cautious when behind a motorcyclist on an uneven road? If so, why?

Yes, they may swerve as the road is uneven
BNo, you should pass the motorcyclist immediately
CYes, but only during severe weather

Maintain a safe following distance when driving near motorcyclists or any other road user. In this case, the motorcyclist has to react and deal with hazards on this uneven road, for example a pothole. Motorcyclists may wobble or swerve to avoid a hazard or changing road condition.

Do motorcycle riders need insurance?


Just like when driving other vehicles, you need insurance to drive a motorcycle. The financial responsibility that applies to other vehicles will also apply to motorcycle owners and operators.

What does it mean to ‘over drive’ your headlights?

ARiding or driving with your headlights on for too long, which makes them overheat
Riding or driving so fast that you can’t stop within the distance lit up by your headlights
CRiding or driving with your high-beam headlights activated when there is oncoming traffic

To ‘over drive’ your headlights means that you won’t be able to stop within the area lighted up by your headlights. For example, if you’re riding faster than 25 mph with low-beam headlights at night, it may be too late to stop without hitting an object by the time you see it.

What should you check on each tire before a long journey?

AAir pressure
BTire tread depth
Both of the above
DNone of the above

Tire air pressure and tire tread depth should be checked before any long journey. A proper tire tread depth / air pressure will minimize the risk of a tire blowout or tire failure and increase handling and traction.

Why should you make sure that your turn signals are canceled after turning?

To avoid misleading other drivers
BTo avoid blinding other drivers

You can mislead other road users if you don’t cancel your signals. If they are still activated, other drivers may drive directly across your path expecting you to turn again in the direction your signals are indicating. For example; if you are signaling left but riding straight ahead, another vehicle may turn in front of you.

At a railroad crossing with two tracks, should you assume that you can proceed after one train has passed?


Another train may come after the first train. Don’t proceed before you’ve checked for trains in BOTH directions.

What should you do when moving off from a parked position on the right side of the road?

ASignal right and check the blind spot before pulling out
Signal left and check the blind spot before pulling out
CSignal left and drive at any time, as parked vehicles have the right-of-way

Before pulling out into traffic, you must check that the road is clear. Do this by checking your mirrors, and then giving a left signal to warn other road users of your intention to pull out.

In this case, signal left and then check the blind spot by looking over your left shoulder.

You arrive at a crash scene where a motorcyclist has been injured. When should you remove the motorcyclist’s helmet?

Only if essential
BStraight away
COnly if asked by the motorcyclist

Don't remove a motorcyclist’s helmet unless it's essential. Removing hte helmet may worsen spinal/neck injuries.

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How Can I Get My Motorcycle License in Washington D.C.?

After you’ve earned your motorcycle permit, here's how to obtain your license:

  • After you pass the written knowledge test, you have 6 months to also complete the Motorcycle Demonstration Course and show proof of completion.
  • Once you have your completion certificate, you can send it to the DMV, and you will receive an email when it’s approved.
  • You can then apply for a motorcycle endorsement to be added to your license via the DMV’s online portal.
  • You must already have a valid driver’s license in order to have the endorsement added.
  • Washington D.C. has strict regulations on what is considered a motorcycle and what is not.
  • If you wish to operate a motorcycle (which is classified as having a saddle for the rider, 2 or 3 wheels that make contact with the ground, and can reach a speed of 30mph or faster), you will need a motorcycle endorsement to legally ride on public roads.

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