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Pa. changes motorcycle permit procedures
Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Under a policy that starts Monday, motorcycle riders will have to pass a knowledge test before they can receive their learner's permit.

The learner's permit previously had been issued before the knowledge test was given.

"We want to make sure that anyone learning to drive a motorcycle has the essential knowledge and understanding before riding on the open road," said Allen D. Biehler, state transportation secretary.

Applicants must complete a motorcycle learner's permit application and pay required fees. But now they will take the knowledge test immediately after returning the application. PennDOT will issue a motorcycle learner's permit if the applicant passes the test.

Motorcycle learner's permits issued before Monday will not be affected by the change.
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