Motorcycle Rider Education
The Importance of Rider Education
In 2008, one in four motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes in the United States did not have a valid license at the time.1
The NYS Department of Motor Vehicles has established a motorcycle rider education program statewide. This program is designed to decrease the number of motorcycle-related injuries and fatalities and to increase safety on the roads for all New York State motorists.
This program is especially recommended for those trying to get a motorcycle operator's license. Upon completion of the Basic RiderCourse®, developed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, students will receive a waiver for the traditional road test. The course must be taken at a NYS Department of Motor Vehicle-approved location.
The Basic RiderCourse®: Riding and Street Skills is a 15-hour course that includes a written and on-motorcycle skills test. You must pass both sections to qualify for the road test waiver. In addition, you must have a valid motorcycle learner's permit. To receive a learner's permit, you must first pass a written exam at a NYS Department of Motor Vehicle testing location.
Basic RiderCourse® Covers
- Preparing to ride
- Turning, shifting and breaking
- Street strategies
- Special situations
- Increasing riding skills
- Motorcycle maintenance and insurance
For More Information
- New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Motorcycle Manual
- For the nearest testing site, call 1-800-446-9227.
- The Motorcycle Safety Foundation also has information on their website.