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State Motor Vehicles Department Review

We visited each state's DMV Website and found a wide range of support and awareness for motorcycles. Some states feature motorcycle links and pictures of bikes on the Home and Licensing pages, where as other states have no mention for the biker or auto driver whatsoever.

Below are the 8 Best and the 14 Worst DMV Sites. The remaining 29 DMV Sites not mentioned are adequate in their information and support of motorcycles.

Excellent Support & Motorcycle Awareness (Score: A):

Arizona - Motorcycle Safety link top level homepage.

Georgia - Motorcycle Safety link top level homepage.

Indiana - features a picture of a motorcycle (in front!), truck and boat. Good awareness!

Kentucky - features pictures of every vehicle except a motorcycle, but at least has a top level link for Motorcycle Safety

Minnesota - features 2 motorcycle manuals, one in spoken word!

North Dakota - features pictures and drawings of motorcycles prominently along with various links.

Texas - We originally reviewed the wrong site. Turns out it is not Texas' DOT, but the Texas Dept of Public Safety that controls motorcycles (thanks Dennis Sherman). We still feel there should be more of a link from their DOT to DPS site in our humble opinion. But the DPS site is quite good.

Utah - Shows a picture of their motorcycle handbook top level.

West Virginia - Lists Motorcycle Safety link top level homepage.


Poor Support & Motorcycle Awareness (Score: F):

Wash DC - Even under Driver License, or Renewal or 1st time license, no mention.

Hawaii - This site is so poorly organized, you wouldn't even know one needed a drivers license for any vehicle. We couldn't find any links to getting any drivers license.

Idaho - buries it's Motorcycle info with the car info but does not list the word Motorcycle in any top level links except for a Motorcycle Skills Test PDF in which it states you have to pass the motorcycle written test before taking the skill test. Seems you need to be more skilled in navigating bad site design first!

Kansas - can't find the word "motorcycle" anywhere, except inside the TOC in the manual where motorcles are handled on just 2 of its 68 pages.

Louisiana - No prominent top level links, mention or pictures of motorcycles.

Maryland - No prominent top level links, mention or pictures of motorcycles.

Mississippi - This site is pretty bad overall. It seems more concerned with crime than anything else. They refer to motorcycles as "motor-driven cycles." But there isn't a even a link specific to Licenses or even registrations. We finally found something in the FAQ. Bad.

New Hampshire - No mention of motorcycles. Couldn't even find how to get any license. Doing a search on "motorcyle" return no results. This is one of the worst DMV sites following Mississippi.

New Mexico - Taos may be my favorite place to ski, but their DMV site sucks. No mention of motorcycles. I did find a link for horseless carriage certification form though.

Oklahoma - No prominent top level links, mention or pictures of motorcycles.

Rhode Island - Another poorly developed site. Not much info. No prominent top level links, mention or pictures of motorcycles.

Washington - Not a bad site and does have good info for motorcycles. However, their homepage lists links for Cars, Trucks & Boats, but no direct mention/link for Motorcycles. You have to drill down to Dirvers Licenses.

Wisconsin - No prominent top level links, mention or pictures of motorcycles.

NOTE: If you live in one of the Worst states, you might consider sending a letter or email to your DMV and Governor.

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