Please note the new Riding Gear requirement
If you are riding a motorcycle on the street and you do not have a Class M motorcycle license here is your opportunity to get one FAST. Some riders say they are not properly licensed because they perceive the licensing process to be inconvenient and time consuming. With FAST TRACK Licensing we have relaxed some of the administrative requirements for completing the licensing process. FAST TRACK Licensing is available for both two and three-wheeled motorcycles*.
FAST TRACK Licensing is conducted from April through September at select Motor Vehicle Administration branch offices. See the list of locations at the bottom of this page. It is facilitated by certified Motorcycle Safety Program Instructors who are also certified to administer the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) knowledge test and Rider Skill Test.
FAST TRACK Licensing is not a rider training course and is intended for riders with on-street experience who need to get licensed. A learner's permit is not required and there is no 14-day waiting period. An applicant is required to transport his or her motorcycle to the MVA branch legally. If you ride your bike please introduce your accompanying rider to one of our Instructors. If you have transported your bike in a truck, or on a trailer one of our Instructors will direct you to offload it. The MVA is not responsible for any violation obtained by an individual who fails to operate their vehicle in accordance with Maryland law.
Applicants are expected to have already read and be familiar with the information on this page and in the Motor Vehicle Administration Motorcycle Operators Manual, publication DL-001. This manual is also available at any MVA branch office. In preparation applicants should be able to answer the Test Yourself questions located throughout the manual and the sample knowledge test on page 38. Applicants will be able to ask questions about the information in the manual prior to taking the test.
Prior to the administration of the knowledge test the Program will conduct a short rider training classroom activity which will include topics on: rider responsibility; the selection and use of proper riding gear; rider perception; and riding unimpaired.
After the classroom activity applicants with valid Class M Learner’s Permits will then go to the riding test course. For those applicants who do not have a permit the Class M Knowledge Test will be administered. Applicants must answer 21 out of 25 questions correctly, or score 84%, to pass. Another feature of FAST TRACK Licensing is that if a rider fails the knowledge test he or she does not have to return the next day to retake the test. The applicant will be coached as to the correct answers for the questions missed and then a second, but different test, will be administered.
After passing the knowledge test applicants will then be administered the on-cycle Rider Skill Test (RST). An applicant’s motorcycle must be street legal. That means it is insured, registered and tagged. The applicant must present the vehicles current registration card and if the motorcycle is not registered in the applicant’s name will have to show proof that they have permission from the registered owner to use the motorcycle. The Examiner will inspect an applicant’s motorcycle to be sure that all the lights work and that there are no obvious equipment violations. The applicant must be able to straddle the motorcycle seated in the riding position with at a minimum the balls of both feet firmly on the ground.
If the applicant fails the riding test they will receive coaching on what they were assessed points for from the Examiner and then will be permitted to take the test again.
After passing both tests an applicant will be given a FAST TRACK Completion Certificate. This Certificate is valid only at the branch where it is issued and for that day only. The applicant will present this certificate to an MVA licensing agent to get the Class M license added to his or her current license. The applicant will have to pay the appropriate fee. Applicants with a valid learner’s permit do not have to take the knowledge test and could be required to pay an additional fee to get the Class M license. If an applicant fails the riding test he or she will be issued a Class M learner’s permit and will be required to pay the fee for it.
Required Riding Gear
Beginning in 2016 the riding gear requirements will be the same as for a student in a motorcycle safety course. This includes: a properly fitting USDOT compliant open (a.k.a. ¾) or full-face helmet in good condition; approved eye protection; a sturdy long sleeved jacket or shirt; full-fingered gloves; long pants of a sturdy material; and over-the-ankle footwear.
Locations and how to request an appointment
FAST TRACK Licensing is conducted by appointment only at the following MVA branch offices during regular business hours and is available only to Maryland licensed drivers over the age of 18. Requests for appointments can be made online only.
To view the flyer for the event and to make an appointment online click on the link of the location you want to attend. If the link to the location you want to attend is not active it means that event is full. The flyer for that event will open. There is a link on the flyer to make an appointment.
When you click on the flyer link a blank email will open. Do NOT alter the Subject line. In the body of the email enter your: name, as it appears on your driver’s license, and a phone number where you can be reached. Also indicate whether you want an AM or PM session appointment. The AM session will begin at 8:45 and the PM session at 12 noon.
Click Send and you will receive an auto-response from the Program acknowledging your request for an appointment.
Bel Air MVA – Wednesday and Thursday, April 20 & 21
Hagerstown MVA – Wednesday and Thursday, May 4 & 5
Annapolis MVA – Wednesday, June 15
Salisbury MVA – Thursday, Friday and Saturday, September 15, 16 & 17 (in conjunction with Delmarva Bike Week)
If you cannot make your scheduled appointment, please send an email to: email@example.com and put FAST TRACK Cancel In the Subject line, or by calling us at 443.572.8236 to cancel. Individuals who do not show up for their scheduled appointment may not be allowed to participate in another FAST TRACK Licensing event in the current year.
By requesting an appointment you acknowledge that you have read and understand the information on this page concerning the FAST TRACK Licensing process.
FAST TRACK Licensing is NOT a substitute for rider training and all participants are encouraged to enroll in one of the Programs two courses for experienced riders after getting their license to update and refresh their riding skills or learn new ones. Applicants who cannot pass either the knowledge or the riding skills tests on the second attempt will be counseled and provided with information on and encouraged to consider enrolling in a Basic Rider Course or an Alternate Basic Rider Course and will not be permitted to participate in another event during the current calendar year. Both courses will allow a rider to practice street riding skills and if they pass they will be issued a Motorcycle Safety Program Completion Certificate for the Class M license.
* The riding test is designed to accommodate mostly stock two-wheeled motorcycles and the traditional two-wheel motorcycle trike conversion with two wheels in the rear and some of the newer factory reverse-trikes with two wheels in the front. However, if your two-wheel motorcycle has custom modifications that extend its wheelbase the test may not accommodate it. The test may also not accommodate some three-wheeled motorcycles that are considered automotive conversions, or automotive hybrids. If you are not sure whether your 2 or 3-wheeler can be used in the riding skill test, please contact the Motorcycle Safety Program office before scheduling an appointment.