State getting out of motorcycle-testing bizJuly 26th, 2012 by ed friedrich
A press release arrived today saying that starting Aug. 1, motorcycle riders seeking an endorsement to legally ride in Washington state will begin taking motorcycle knowledge and skills tests at approved motorcycle training schools instead of Department of Licensing offices.
“This will give our customers easier access to motorcycle testing in more areas in the state, and will free up some of our staff to serve other customers who must come into an office,” said Alan Haight, DOL director. “We already have the infrastructure in place with motorcycle training schools since we contract with them to conduct training courses, so we expect the transition to be very easy and seamless for our customers.”
DOL will still test riders who have previously scheduled appointments.
After passing the tests, customers will go to a licensing office to obtain their motorcycle endorsement. The cost of a motorcycle endorsement will remain at $25; however motorcycle training schools will set the fee they charge for the tests.
This move is the first phase of implementing House Bill 1635, which gives the department authority to contract with private drive training schools, school districts and motorcycle training schools to conduct some knowledge and skills tests. The bill was passed in an effort to reduce wait times in licensing service offices.
The only state-approved motorcycle training schools in Kitsap Pacific NorthWest Motorcycle Safety, 19689 7th Ave NE, in Poulsbo. Call (360) 779-6378, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visitwww.pnwmotorcyclesafety.com. Navy and Coast Guard personnel can go to N35 Safety Dept. Bldg. 95, 1610 Dowell St., at Keyport. Call Chop Llamzon at (360) 315-5430 or Mike Hoyt at (360) 396-4166.