3-Wheel Motorcycle Endorsement Testing

Puget Sound Safety is now scheduling appointments for both the written and riding tests to obtain a 3-wheel motorcycle (sidecar or trike) endorsement for your WA Drivers License. If you are 18 years or older and not military or DoD then you can do the tests individually or together with us.

Sidecar/Trike Endorsement Testing Schedule

Where do you offer testing?

  • Walk-In Written Tests
    • Puyallup - Main Office
  • Pre-Scheduled Written and Riding Tests
    • Lacey
    • Puyallup (Written only)
    • Gig Harbor (Written only)
    • Tacoma (Written only)
    • Centralia (Written only)

Currently we only offer 3-wheel skills testing at our Lacey location during pre-scheduled sessions. Go to our Testing Locations page for hours, addresses, and directions.

When do you offer testing?

Walk in written testing is available during regular business hours at our administrative offices in Puyallup, Lacey & Gig Harbor (see above). We also have many pre-scheduled dates available at other locations. Go to the schedule page to make an appointment.

What are the testing fees?

  Written test Skills test Combined tests*
Advance registration online or in an office $35 $45 $70
Walk-on registration $40 $50 $80

Combined tests refers to doing your written and skills testing in the same session on the same day at the same location. These are referred to as "combo", "combined", or "written & skills" testing on the schedule.

What if I don't pass the tests?

Retests are available, but an additional fee will apply. Any discounted retest rate will only be available within 180 days of the first test. Go to our Terms & Conditions page for full details.

Do I need my own sidecar or trike for the riding test?

The testing is really for people who have their own sidecar or trike and are experienced riders.

If you do not have your own rig, or are a bit rusty on skills - we highly recommend one of the inexpensive training courses available through our partner schools. They include tips and tricks for riding (some include the use of a school rig) and the license testing is included as well.

I've made an appointment, but where do I find out the details?

After making a testing appointment and paying the testing fee you'll be sent (by email most of the time) information about where to go, when to check in, what to expect, and some basic policies. You can Contact Us if you have any questions or concerns. Please read the Terms & Conditions for additional information.

  • You must arrive on time for your appointment. Late arrivals may not be allowed to test.
  • You must bring valid photo identification (drivers license, state identification card, or passport)
  • You must bring riding gear (DOT-approved helmet, and eye protection at a MINIMUM).

Can I cancel or reschedule my testing appointment?

In short - yes. If you provide us 72 hours or more notice you are eligible for canceling and reschedule options. If you do not show for your testing appointment there is not a reschedule option. You must call our office (253-770-8888) during regular business hours to cancel or reschedule. Please read the Terms & Conditions for full details.

3-Wheel Motorcycle Training Courses

Puget Sound Safety does not offer training courses for sidecars or trikes, however our partner schools around Puget Sound do. If you are under the age of 18, are military or are DoD, then you are required to complete a training course and cannot do testing by itself to obtain an endorsement or get on a military installation. The good part is that the training and testing options start at $125 in price and some of the courses may offer the use of a school rig.

What schools offer the Sidecar/Trike Education Program (S/TEP)?

Why should I take a training course instead of just testing?

Under the professional guidance of an instructor, riders improve their skills and become far better at operating their rigs. There are many simple tips, tricks, and strategies that make riding easier, safer, and more fun. The cost is not much more than just testing and is a great way to gain confidence before mingling with all the hazards of riding on public roads.

Many insurance companies offer great discounts to people to participate in a training course. Many riding clubs (HOG, Kawasaki, GWTA, etc) require their members to continually improve riding skills through rider training courses.

Where can I learn more about the training courses?

The WA Department of Licensing web site has a great page that summaries the two available courses for sidecars and trikes: