Washington State requires you to pass a total of four tests to get a 2-wheel motorcycle endorsement: a permit knowledge test and riding skills test, and an endorsement knowledge written test and riding skills test.

You must have a permit or have passed the permit knowledge and riding tests to take an endorsement test. To take an endorsement test, you must be at least 16 years old and have a valid Washington State driver’s license.

The 2-wheel endorsement knowledge test consists of 50 questions. It measures your understanding of:

  • Cornering
  • Decision-making skills
  • Hazard management

You can study all the content in the Washington Motorcycle Operator Manual.

Take time to practice for the endorsement riding skills test before attempting it. It is assessed on a pass/fail basis. During the endorsement riding skills test, you must complete the following tasks:

  • A quick stop performed at approximately 20-25 mph
  • A timed figure 8 element that will assess left and right cornering skills

After you pass both the permit and endorsement knowledge and riding skills tests, you’re eligible for a 2-wheel motorcycle endorsement to ride on public highways.

Remember: it’s illegal to operate a motorcycle in the state of Washington without a valid license or permit. For more information on how to get your motorcycle endorsement or permit, visit the Washington State Department of Licensing website.