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post #1 of 16 Old Mar 21st, 2012, 12:43 am Thread Starter
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DMV removed my motorcycle endorsement

I'm at the dealer last week to determine why the brake light stays on, and was going to take a loaner bike. Turns out, my license, renewed in January, no longer has the motorcycle endorsement. As the dealer wasn't familiar with me, they weren't willing to loan me a bike.

Now I have to sort this out with the DMV, take more time, and I suspect spend more money, for their mistake (I presume it wasn't really revoked). It must be nice to work for a monopoly. Oh well. It's not stopping me from riding, but I am dragging along a copy of my old license.

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I had the same issue a couple of years back when I renewed my license. They simply didn't put the M1 designation on the new license.

I went to the DMV and showed them, they looked it up in their records and conformed that I did have a valid M1 endorsement, and they ordered me a replacement license.

I don't remember if there was a fee or not, but I don't think there was.

It's a hassle, but easily rectified.

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Bummer, Bob. I look forward to reading the rest of the story, with a happy ending, I hope.

P.S. I wouldn't ride into the DMV to get it fixed, if I were you.
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You guys gave me a scare and made me reach for my wallet and check for the M1 endorsement!!!

It's there!

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You guys gave me a scare and made me reach for my wallet and check for the M1 endorsement!!!

It's there!
+1... Got mine in August, and never looked!

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I don't mean to sound totally stupid, but are you sayin' that I gotta' be licensed for these things? Crap.
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I don't mean to sound totally stupid, but are you sayin' that I gotta' be licensed for these things? Crap.
In California and British Columbia, yes. It never occurred to me that it might not be the same everywhere. Are there any states, provinces, or countries that do not require a separate motorcycle test and endorsement?
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In Illinois a Class M is required for MC over 150 cc.

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I don't mean to sound totally stupid, but are you sayin' that I gotta' be licensed for these things? Crap.
Take a look here http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/...t.asp?state=IL select your state for a very comprehensive list.

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I apologize, I was being a smartass. Oregon breaks it down into two categories, under 500CC and over. Even went so far as to require new riders to take a safety course, which I firmly believe to be a good thing.
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Your insurance company was likely about to get excited about this, too.

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Even went so far as to require new riders to take a safety course, which I firmly believe to be a good thing.
Does that safety course require the use of helmets?

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Does that safety course require the use of helmets?
In Ohio you are a motorcycle virgin for 1 year and must wear a helmet after receiving the endorsement. After that it's optional.

When I ride 1/2 mile to the grocery store, I wear the lid!

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Does that safety course require the use of helmets?
Oregon is a helmet state. So yes, everyone gets to wear one.
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Does that safety course require the use of helmets?
I believe every MSF certified course requires helmets. What you do when you leave the class is your choice. What I tell students is that people usually protect what is important to them..

As a MSF Instructor, I see people every year that ride their bike to class to get their license. Gets interesting when they find out your fellow instructor is a LEO....

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Re: DMV removed my motorcycle endorsement

Had my endorsement for over twenty now, make sure I mention it every time I get renewed mainly because Have you noticed all the crap and the money it costs to get a new endorsement? That's nuts. and after you have rode for a while, it is nuts taking the written test, the answers don't match up to reality a lot of time, just the book.
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