FAQ
Michigan Rider Education Program
Why should I take a motorcycle safety course?

Upon successful completion of a Basic RiderCourse, you will have learned the basic skills of how to become a safe and responsible motorcyclist. You will receive a completion card that you take to the Secretary of State branch office to waive the required skills test (must be submitted within 1 year of date of course completion) and the CY endorsement will be added for a fee to your Michigan driver's license. You may also receive motorcycle insurance discounts by participating in a course.

 

 

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Do I need to have any riding experience before I enroll in a course?

It is not necessary to have any motorcycle riding experience but you do need the ability to balance and stabilize a two-wheeled vehicle. If you have not ridden a bicycle in a long time, you should get some practice before attempting to ride a motorized vehicle.

 

 

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Do I have to take a motorcycle safety course to get my cycle endorsement?

If you are under the age of 18 years in Michigan, you must successfully complete the motorcycle safety course to get the endorsement. If you are 18 years or older and have failed the motorcycle rider skills test twice, you must successfully complete a motorcycle safety training course to obtain your endorsement.

 

 

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I am in the military and stationed outside of the state/country. How can I get an endorsement on my Michigan license to ride on base?

You must successfully complete a Motorcycle Safety Course offered through the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF). You may obtain course information via the MSF Web site www.msf-usa.org. Once you finish the course and get the MSF completion card, you may contact the Michigan Department of State, Special Services Branch at 517-322-1473 for information on handling the transaction through the mail.

 

 

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Can I take a safety training course outside the state of Michigan to add the required endorsement to my Michigan driver's license?

Out-of-state motorcycle rider safety completion cards can be accepted as proof of completing a motorcycle rider safety course from all other states except Idaho and Oregon. Completion cards from Idaho or Oregon may be accepted only if the completion card indicates the program meets or exceeds the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Basic or Experienced RiderCourse requirements. Out-of-state motorcycle rider safety completion cards are valid for one year from the date of completion.

 

 

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What do I have to do to get a cycle endorsement on my license?

You should review the Motorcycle Operator Manual. You must either pass a rider skills test from a rider skills testing organization or successfully complete a motorcycle safety training course. Submit your completion card or skills test certificate within 1 year of the date of completion to a Secretary of State branch office. If your completion card or skills test certificate is older than 1 year you must retake the skills test or safety training course. The fee for a motorcycle endorsement is $13.50.

 

 

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What do I need to bring for my motorcycle safety course?

For the Basic RiderCourse, you will need to bring a driver's license or photo identification, a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) approved helmet, eye protection, long sleeved shirt and long pants, full-fingered gloves, and leather boots that cover your ankles. For the advanced courses, you will need all of the above, plus your own road-worthy motorcycle and valid proof of insurance. Check with your course sponsor at the time you register for more information.

 

 

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Do I have to provide my own motorcycle for the safety course?

The Basic RiderCourse includes a training motorcycle (under 500 ccs) that is provided by the course sponsor. The other courses offered require you to provide your own road-worthy motorcycle. Check with the course sponsor at the time you register for more information.

 

 

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How many different classes are offered?

The Basic RiderCourse is for the novice rider and covers the fundamentals of operating a motorcycle. Successful completion will allow riders to obtain a motorcycle endorsement.

The Returning Rider-Basic RiderCourse is a one-day waiver class for motorcyclists with some riding experience who want to brush up on their skills or who want to obtain their motorcycle endorsement on their driver's license.

The Advanced RiderCourse is for experienced, endorsed riders looking to improve their skills, including swerving, turning and quick stops. Motorcycling organizations may require this course before participants can register for group rides.

 

 

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How long is the motorcycle safety course?

The Basic RiderCourse is approximately 15 hours (Harley-Davidson courses are 20 hours because of additional classroom and range riding time) and usually takes place over the course of a weekend. Sponsors may offer other options; you'll need to check directly with the course sponsor. You must pass a written knowledge test and a rider skills test to successfully complete this course.

 

 

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Where can I get a list of courses offered?

>  Link to Public/Private Training Sponsors.

The cost of a public course is subsidized by grant monies. The price mandated by law is $50. Private course registration fees are not regulated by the state and range from $200 - $300. You may want to check the fee and refund policy of the sponsor prior to course registration.

 

 

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Where can I register for a course?

Courses are offered throughout the state. You must contact the course sponsor directly to register for a class. Register as early as possible in the year since classes are very popular and fill up quickly. You may register at any course offered in the state no matter where you live.

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Where can I register for an Off Road Vehicle (ORV) course?

ORV courses are offered through the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

 

 

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Where can I register for scooter school?

Michigan does not currently offer instruction for riding a scooter. You may contact the motorcycle safety sponsors directly and register for a Basic RiderCourse or take a skills test from an approved rider skills testing organization.

 

 

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What is the difference between a motorcycle and a moped (or a scooter)?

A moped has an engine displacement not exceeding 100cc, no manual gearshift, and is capable of no more than 30 mph on a level surface. If it does not meet all three of the listed requirements, it is considered a motorcycle. A scooter may be either a moped or a motorcycle depending on its size. Riding a motorcycle requires a CY endorsement on your Michigan license. A properly registered moped can be ridden on the street by any licensed driver or anyone 15 years old or older with a moped license.  

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Is there a charge to replace the completion card?

There may or may not be a nominal fee to replace the card. Contact the sponsor where the course was taken.

 

 

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I have lost my completion card. Where can I get a duplicate?

You must contact the sponsor directly where you completed the course. Records are kept by the organization where the course was taken.

 

 

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After I finish the course, will I be ready to ride?

This is the starting place for novice riders. You will need to continue practicing the skills you learned to be a safe and confident rider. Training bikes provided in the basic courses are under 500 ccs. To be a responsible rider, it is important to have the skill necessary to handle the size of motorcycle you choose to ride.

 

 

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How to become a RiderCoach?

If you are an experienced rider with good riding and communication skills, you may qualify to become a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) certified RiderCoach. Becoming a MSF RiderCoach is a great way to improve your own abilities while helping others to learn or enhance their riding skills.

To become a MSF certified RiderCoach you must, at a minimum:

  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Have a valid driver's license with a motorcycle (CY) endorsement for a minimum of 1 year.
  • Have no more than six points on your driving record for moving violations during the 12 months before applying for approval as a RiderCoach.
  • Be sponsored by a Michigan Department of State approved public or private organization that offers rider safety training courses.
  • Successfully complete a RiderCoach Preparation Course.
  • Review the RiderCoach Recruitment Brochure for additional information.

 

 

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