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Old 05-13-2013, 07:30 PM   #1
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Class M in TX

I currently have a PA drivers license still with a class M endorsement. I will be getting a Texas DL when time permits (I understand it is a half day affair at least). Is there anything I should know about before I buy a bike? I went through a safety course in PA in order to get my license when I was 18. Will this suffice as a means to add a class M endorsement in TX without any issues?

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They honored my IL M class. I believe it is all the same.
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I currently have a PA drivers license still with a class M endorsement. I will be getting a Texas DL when time permits (I understand it is a half day affair at least). Is there anything I should know about before I buy a bike? I went through a safety course in PA in order to get my license when I was 18. Will this suffice as a means to add a class M endorsement in TX without any issues?

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when I moved here from Phoenix Arizona a while back I had the Class M on my AZDL. I didn't have to do anything special (like take a written or driving test) but pay the fee to change my AZDL to TXDL.
BTW, I just renewed my TXDL about 3 hours ago and I paid the fee and still have my Class M on my TXDL.
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As long as you have an M endorsement it should transfer over.....I know mine from Maine did.
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just make sure that when you get your TX license, that you specifically tell them about keeping your M class. If you forget and return later to try add, you are SOL and will have to take the classes/tests all over again. It will cost extra $5.
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I currently have a PA drivers license still with a class M endorsement. I will be getting a Texas DL when time permits (I understand it is a half day affair at least). Is there anything I should know about before I buy a bike? I went through a safety course in PA in order to get my license when I was 18. Will this suffice as a means to add a class M endorsement in TX without any issues?

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just make sure that when you get your TX license, that you specifically tell them about keeping your M class. If you forget and return later to try add, you are SOL and will have to take the classes/tests all over again. It will cost extra $5.
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funny you mention this, as the guy behind the counter at the DMV today asked me if I wanted to keep or drop my Class M?!?!
I was like F@#K Yeahh!!!
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I currently have a PA drivers license still with a class M endorsement. I will be getting a Texas DL when time permits (I understand it is a half day affair at least). Is there anything I should know about before I buy a bike? I went through a safety course in PA in order to get my license when I was 18. Will this suffice as a means to add a class M endorsement in TX without any issues?

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I took the class in PA and got it to transfer to TX with no problem. I did bring the little update card you get just in case.
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Since I have heard nothing but bad things about the DMV, do you guys have any tips to expedite the process or minimize the pain?
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Jebus!

It is an endorsement, M endorsement, not a M class.

You have a Class C DL and an M endorsement. :faceplam:
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Jebus!

It is an endorsement, M endorsement, not a M class.

You have a Class C DL and an M endorsement. :faceplam:
...I always knew guys that ride FZ's were smarter than the rest! Thanks for bringing that to light, I never thought about it that way. Thanks for all of the help guys.

Now I just need to decide on which bike I'm going to get!
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Since I have heard nothing but bad things about the DMV, do you guys have any tips to expedite the process or minimize the pain?
try DMV's on the outskirts of towns for driving and written tests. If you're doing DL type transfers, I always avoid Mondays and Fridays....and lunch periods. I refuse to spend more than 30 minutes at a DMV office. If just doing license plate titles and registration transfers (I don't think they handle DL type transactions) hit up 1001 Preston downtown. Extremely quick if you go during the time frames I mentioned.
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Make sure you bring your birth certificate!!! I had to wait for my parents to send mine after I waited once........and not sure what side of the city you are on, but if your on the NW go out to Hempstead....took me all of 15-20 minutes to get it all done.
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Mine transferred from NY to FL to TX. When I got my Tx license in the mail, there was no M endorsement. I went back to the same clerk. Luckily, she remembered me, an just added the M in the computer.
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Still have not caught which side of town you are in .. but they opened a very large DMV office on Spring Cypress here in Spring. 15-20 mins .. its an old Albertson's Grocery Store turned into a Super-DMV office.
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Thanks guys. I'm on the west side of town. I-10 and the beltway and I work a few miles west on I-10. I need to head to the DMV soon, I still have PA tags on my truck!
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Make sure you get the truck inspected first and get an out-of-state inspection certificate(VI30) with it.
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Jebus!

It is an endorsement, M endorsement, not a M class.

You have a Class C DL and an M endorsement. :faceplam:
Then why does my license on the front read "Class CM" and on the back "ENDORSEMENTS: NONE"?

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5. Can I add the motorcycle classification to my Texas license if I'm currently out of state?


Texas allows residents to add the class M to their existing license while out of state by taking the MSF Basic RiderCourse in any state where it's offered. Visit the Texas DPS Driver License website and scroll down to Texas Drivers Living Out-of-State for more information.
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I got my M in NY. I transferred it to FL, then to TX. The way Florida explained it is what I would assume to be standard. Since FL required a road test, they would transfer the M from any state that also required a road test. Seems logical. I guess some states give you a pitiful written test and BAM, you are licensed to ride.
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