Download the official WA DMV motorcycle manual PDF or view online

There’s plenty of breathtaking scenery to see in the state of Washington, and there’s no better way to see it than by motorcycle.  You can cruise the scenic Pacific Ocean coast, visit the beautiful Cascade Mountains, and cruise the Colombia River basin.  You also should not miss Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens State Park.  But before you hit the road running you’ll need a motorcycle license in this state and that means passing the required state motorcycle written exam.

To get started on this great trip, you’ll need to prepare for the exam.  Start by reviewing the information found in the official Washington Motorcycle Manual .

Preparing With the WA Motorcycle Manual

While the handbook is a valuable resource for anyone looking to prepare for the exam, it can’t test your level of riding knowledge.  Our expert instructors have created a series of practice test questions that cover some of the same material found on the real exam.  Our Washington motorcycle permit practice tests contain state-specific questions designed to make sure you pass the first time.  When used in combination with the handbook, you’ll have the knowledge and skills you need to pass the test and begin experiencing the freedom of the open road.  Get started now!

Topics Covered in the Manual

 The Washington Motorcycle Operator’s Handbook is published by the Washington Department of Transportation, and covers the following subjects:

  • Helping motorists to better see you
  • Pre-ride checklists
  • Complete licensing information
  • Riding in groups
  • Passengers and cargo
  • Getting off the road safely
  • Avoiding accidents
  • Avoiding collisions with animals and road debris
  • Mechanical problems
  • Hand signals
  • Road hazards to be aware of
  • Vehicle control techniques
  • Lane positioning techniques
  • Using your mirrors and head checks to monitor your riding environment