Tips for passing the WA motorcycle permit riding test

The Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL) manages the state motorcycle safety courses. In 2020, Washington introduced a rider permit in addition to the rider endorsement.

I teach the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Basic Rider Course (BRC), which focuses on the basic mental and physical skills needed to safely ride a motorcycle. This is accomplished through a combination of classroom and on-bike training. The BRC is designed for the beginning rider but veteran riders can benefit as well; it consists of approximately six hours in classroom and nine hours on-bike. Successful completion of knowledge and skills tests can provide a riders with either a permit or endorsement.

Bret Tkacs, Puget Sound Safety, has created a video that outlines the new (2020) Washington endorsement test.

Our DOL has created five videos that provide insight into the exercises at the center of the permit riding test. NOTE: at the time these videos were created, this test provided an endorsement. Now it provides only the permit.

  1. Cone weave and normal stop
  2. Turn from a stop and U-turn
  3. Swerve
  4. Quick stop
  5. Curves

Washington has a goal of zero highway fatalities by 2030. Some videos from It’s a Fine Line.

Other videos

Videos from MSF

Videos from Team Arizona Motorcyclist Training Centers

Videos from Texas MSF instructor Kevin Morris


Featured image: Fort Wainwright

By Kathy E. Gill

Digital evangelist, speaker, writer, educator. Transplanted Southerner; teach newbies to ride motorcycles! @kegill

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