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.
Where do you offer testing?
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 office in Puyallup (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||$40||$50||$90|
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?
Testing again is available should you not pass the test. Our suggestion would be to study up/practice and come back to test again when you are ready.
For our walk-in written testing you can retest at any time during normal business hours including the same day if you are ready to do so. Normal testing fees apply.
For other pre-scheduled appointments (written & skills) find the date that works for you (testing dates) and schedule when you are ready.
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.
Can I reschedule my testing appointment?
Yes, if you provide us 72 hours or more notice you are eligible to reschedule. You must email us or call our office (253-770-8888) during regular business hours to reschedule. Please read the Terms & Conditions for additional information.
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.
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: