FAST TRACK Licensing

Are you currently operating a motorcycle without the proper Class M license? Here is your opportunity to get one, FAST!​ 

New 2024 dates being offered below: 

  • Salisbury Branch: Wednesday, May 1
  • Hagerstown Branch: Tuesday, May 14


FAST TRACK allows riders to take the knowledge test for the Class M learner's permit and the riding test the same day. If necessary, you can take one, or both tests, a second time on the same day. A learner's permit is not required and there is no 14-day waiting period!

FAST TRACK Licensing is conducted from May through September at select MVA branch offices, facilitated by certified Motorcycle Safety Program Instructors who are also certified to administer MVA knowledge and rider skill tests.​



  • Applicants are expected to have already read and be familiar with 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. The manual will not be reviewed, but applicants can ask questions about the information in the manual prior to the knowledge test being administered.
  • Applicants with valid Class M Learner’s Permits will go to the riding test course. For those applicants who do not have a permit, the Class M Knowledge Test will be administered and 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). The examiner will conduct a short T-CLOCKS inspection of 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 an applicant fails the skills test, after a short break a retest will be administered.
  • 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 customer agent to have the Class M license added to their current license. If an applicant fails the riding test he or she will be issued a Class M learner’s permit. All fees will be assessed at the time of licensing.​

FAST TRACK Licensing is NOT a substitute for rider training and all participants are encouraged to enroll in courses for experienced riders after getting their license to update and refresh their riding skills. Applicants who cannot pass either the knowledge or the riding skills tests on the second attempt will be counseled and provided with information on the Basic Rider Course or the Basic Rider Course 2 - License Waiver​. 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 gear requirements are the same as in a motorcycle safety course. This includes: 

  • ​a properly fitting USDOT compliant 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.
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.

FAST TRACK Licensing is available for both two and three-wheeled motorcyclesThe riding test is designed to accommodate the traditional trike with two wheels in the rear and some of the newer reverse-trikes with two wheels in the front. However, it may not accommodate some three-wheeled motorcycles that are considered automotive conversions, or automotive hybrids. If you are not sure whether your 3-wheeler can be used in the riding skill test, please contact the Motorcycle Safety Program office before scheduling an appointment. Autocycles may NOT be used in FAST TRACK Licensing.
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. Our instructors are not permitted to assist an applicant offloading or loading their motorcycle. The MVA is not responsible for any violation obtained by an individual who fails to operate their vehicle in accordance with Maryland law.

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