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Effective date of original law:
July 24, 1981

Ultimate Program Responsibility
Arizona Governor’s Office of
Highway Safety
3030 N. Central Avenue,
Suite 1550
Phoenix, AZ 85012

Day-to-Day Administration
Albert Gutier, Director
Arizona Governor’s Office of
Highway Safety
3030 N. Central Avenue, Suite 1550
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Phone: 602-255-3216
Fax: 602-255-1265
Web site:

Program Administration
Legislative Provisions

  • Source of funding: Motorcycle registration fees
  • Stipulated use of funds: To implement and support voluntary motorcycle education awareness and other programs, including covering the cost of materials for motorcycle safety, education and awareness programs

Relationship Among Various Programs

  • None

Collection of Rider Training and Licensing Data

  • Agency responsible for collecting rider training data:
    Motor Vehicle Division
  • Agency responsible for collecting licensing data:
    Motor Vehicle Division
  • Data available in electronic format: None
  • Link between crash, licensing, and rider education data: None

Rider Education
Training Delivery

  • Months of instruction: January through December
  • Number of instruction sites: 28
  • Types of providers: Rider’s Edge and commercial schools

Operations and Participant Characteristics

  • Courses offered: N/A
  • Students enrolled: 5,500 (est.)
  • No-shows or registration refunds: N/A
  • Time until course reaches capacity: N/A
  • Average waiting period to take course: 2 weeks
  • Students on waiting list: N/A

Program Funding and Expenditures

  • Annual budget: N/A
  • Source of Federal funds: None
  • Average cost to State to educate rider: N/A
  • Course tuition charged to novice rider: $178
  • Course tuition charged to experienced rider: $80
  • Special fees in addition to course fees: N/A


  • Approved curriculum:
    BRC and IRC
  • Advisory committee:
    Motor Vehicle Division Advisory Committee – members appointed by the Motor Vehicle Division Director
  • Curriculum approved by:
    Department of Transportation
  • Process to modify curriculum:
    MSF recommendation or approval
  • Data collected for modifications: None
  • Validation process for modifications: None

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Instructor Selection, Training, and Evaluation

  • State certification or approval is required for Instructors, but not for Chief Instructors.
  • Instructor internship is required.
  • State offers Instructor Preparation Course.
  • There is no evaluation process.

Profile of Instructors

  • Certified Instructors/RiderCoaches: 81
  • Chief Instructors/RiderCoach Trainers: 3
  • Instructor candidates in 2001: N/A
  • Percentage of successful Instructor candidates: N/A
  • Instructor demographics: N/A
  • Reciprocity for Instructors trained in other States: Yes

Quality Control Procedures

  • None

Program Evaluation

  • Program does not conduct regular evaluation.

Licensing Requirements

  • $7 initial fee
  • Successful completion of eye exam
  • Successful completion of knowledge exam
  • Valid for 6 months
  • One renewal permitted


  • $7 endorsement fee
  • Motorcycle endorsements are good to age 60 (with photo and vision screening every 12 years). After 60, endorsement must be renewed every 5 years.

Operator Licensing
Testing and Training Responsibilities

  • Testing agency: Motor Vehicle Division
  • Third-party testing: Yes
  • Agency responsible for training examiners:
    Motor Vehicle Division

Knowledge and Skills Tests Used

  • Knowledge test used: Modified MSF
  • Skills test used: Alternate MOST


  • Rider education waiver: Skills and knowledge
  • Reciprocity for rider education completed in another State: None
  • Reciprocal license waiver: Yes

Operator and Vehicle Characteristics

  • Motorcycle operators licensed: 190,217
  • Registered motorcycles: 73,032
  • New motorcycle licenses/endorsements issued in 2001: N/A
  • Operators licensed through rider education in 2001: 5,500 (est.)
  • Operators licensed without rider education: N/A
  • Operators without license or proper endorsement: N/A

Motorcyclist Licensing System

  • Graduated licensing: None
  • Tiered licensing: None

Public Information and Education

  • Operator’s manual used: Motorcycle Operator’s Manual
  • Annual budget for public information and education: None