Motorcycle licenses are now available to all California residents and are often needed to ride on highways.
But many riders say they can’t afford the fees.
NBC Bay Area’s Chris Brown reports.
(Published Thursday, Oct. 13, 2018)The California Department of Motor Vehicles says the fees can add up.
A motorcycle license is $100 for a new driver, $220 for a driver’s license, $260 for a motorcycle helmet, $380 for a license plate, $550 for a $100 motorcycle license renewal fee, and $650 for a lifetime license.
That’s a hefty price tag for someone who doesn’t want to take on debt and doesn’t have to worry about getting a motorcycle registration.
But now, that cost is going up.
The fees are going up $50,000 a year, up from the current $35,000.
The new fee is also going up by $10,000, up to $35.25 per license, or about $2,000 per person.
Buell, who rides a Harley Davidson motorcycle, said the new fee will make him even more nervous.
“It’s a huge expense and a lot of the time people don’t want that money,” he said.
“We’re not getting paid for it, but it’s going to be there.”
The DMV said the changes are meant to address safety concerns.
The DMV has posted a notice about the new fees on its website, explaining the changes, and is also asking for feedback on the changes.