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Special endorsementPenaltiesExceptions.

(1) No person may drive either a two-wheeled or a three-wheeled motorcycle, or a motor-driven cycle unless such person has a valid driver's license specially endorsed by the director to enable the holder to drive such vehicles. A person who violates this section commits a traffic infraction and is subject to: (a) The base penalty provided under RCW 46.63.110; and (b) an additional monetary penalty of two hundred fifty dollars, which must be deposited in the motorcycle safety education account under RCW 46.68.065.
(2) However, a person sixteen years of age or older, holding a valid driver's license of any class issued by the state of the person's residence, may operate a moped without taking any special examination for the operation of a moped.
(3) No driver's license is required for operation of an electric-assisted bicycle. Persons under sixteen years of age may not operate a class 3 electric-assisted bicycle.
(4) No driver's license is required to operate an electric personal assistive mobility device or a power wheelchair.
(5) No driver's license is required to operate a motorized foot scooter. Motorized foot scooters may not be operated at any time from a half hour after sunset to a half hour before sunrise without reflectors of a type approved by the state patrol. Persons under sixteen years of age may not operate a motorized foot scooter unless provided otherwise by a local jurisdiction. A motorized foot scooter may be operated at a speed of up to fifteen miles per hour on a roadway or bicycle lane, and may be operated on a sidewalk or on pedestrian or bicycle trails if authorized by a local jurisdiction, which shall specify the maximum speed of such sidewalk operation.
(6) A person holding a valid driver's license may operate a motorcycle as defined under RCW 46.04.330(2) without a motorcycle endorsement.
(7) A person operating a motorcycle with a stabilizing conversion kit must have a valid driver's license specially endorsed by the director for a three-wheeled motorcycle to enable the holder to operate such a motorcycle.


Rules of court: Monetary penalty scheduleIRLJ 6.2.
Reviser's note: This section was amended by 2019 c 65 § 4 and by 2019 c 170 § 4, each without reference to the other. Both amendments are incorporated in the publication of this section under RCW 1.12.025(2). For rule of construction, see RCW 1.12.025(1).
FindingEffective date2019 c 65: See notes following RCW 46.81A.020.
Effective date2003 c 353: See note following RCW 46.04.320.
Short title2003 c 41: "This act shall be known as the Monty Lish Memorial Act." [ 2003 c 41 § 6.]
Effective date2003 c 41: "This act takes effect January 1, 2004." [ 2003 c 41 § 7.]
Legislative review2002 c 247: See note following RCW 46.04.1695.
Severability1982 c 77: "If any provision of this act or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the remainder of the act or the application of the provision to other persons or circumstances is not affected." [ 1982 c 77 § 10.]
operation and safety standards: RCW 46.61.710, 46.61.720.
registration: RCW 46.16A.405(2).
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