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Effective date of original law:
July 1, 1990

Ultimate Program Responsibility
Colorado Department of Transportation
Public Information Office
4201 E. Arkansas Avenue
Room 277
Denver, CO 80222

Day-to-Day Administration
Richard Davis, Program Manager
Colorado Department of Transportation
Motorcycle Program
Transportation Safety
4201 E. Arkansas Avenue
Denver, CO 80222
Phone: 303-757-9466
Fax: 303-757-9319

Program Administration
Legislative Provisions

  • Source of funding: Motorcycle endorsement fees ($1) and registration fees ($4)
  • Stipulated use of funds: To implement and administer the motorcycle operator safety-training program. Administrative costs may not account for more than 15% of total program costs

Relationship Among Various Programs

  • License office uses rider education Instructors to train examiners.

Collection of Rider Training and Licensing Data

  • Agency responsible for collecting rider training data: Colorado Department of Transportation
  • Agency responsible for collecting licensing data:
    Department of Motor Vehicles
  • 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: 20
  • Types of providers: Commercial schools, military, Rider’s Edge, and mobile training sites

Operations and Participant Characteristics

  • Courses offered: N/A
  • Students enrolled: 6,000
  • No-shows or registration refunds: N/A
  • Time until course reaches capacity: N/A
  • Average waiting period to take course: 1-2 months
  • Students on waiting list: N/A

Program Funding and Expenditures

  • Annual budget: $500,000
  • Source of Federal funds: Section 402
  • Average cost to State to educate rider: $83.33
  • Course tuition charged to novice rider: $220
  • Course tuition charged to experienced rider: $80
  • Special fees in addition to course fees: N/A


  • Approved curriculum: BRC
  • Advisory committee: Members are selected on a volunteer basis.
  • Curriculum approved by:
    Office of Transportation Safety
  • Process to modify curriculum:
    Rule change
  • Data collected for modifications: N/A
  • Validation process for modifications: N/A

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Instructor Selection, Training, and Evaluation

  • State certification is required for Instructors, but not for Chief Instructors.
  • Chief Instructors work under contract with the State to provide Instructor training, Instructor updates, and site quality assurance. Program Instructors are trained and Certified and work directly for program sponsors.
  • No probation or internship requirement exists for Instructors.
  • State offers Instructor Preparation Course.
  • Evaluation conducted by contractors according to MSF guidelines.

Profile of Instructors

  • Certified Instructors/RiderCoaches: 120
  • 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

  • Quality control measures are conducted by the contractor.
  • The contractor and Colorado Department of Transportation are responsible for quality control.
  • Quality control implementation is continuous.

Program Evaluation

  • Program does not conduct regular evaluation.

Special features of rider education and/or licensing program

  • Rider is fully licensed upon successful completion of a rider education course.

Licensing Requirements

  • $10 fee
  • Successful completion of eye exam
  • Successful completion of knowledge exam
  • Valid for 9 months


  • $15 fee
  • Rider must be 16 with or without successful completion of a rider education course.
  • Motorcycle endorsement must be renewed every 10 years.

Operator Licensing
Testing and Training Responsibilities

  • Testing agency: Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Third-party testing: Yes
  • Agency responsible for training examiners:
    Colorado Department of Transportation

Knowledge and Skills Tests Used

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


  • Rider education waiver: Skills and knowledge
  • Reciprocity for rider education completed in another State: Yes
  • Reciprocal license waiver: Yes

Operator and Vehicle Characteristics

  • Motorcycle operators licensed: 355,493
  • Registered motorcycles: 95,089
  • New motorcycle licenses/endorsements issued in 2001: N/A
  • Operators licensed through rider education in 2001: N/A
  • 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: Modified Motorcycle Operator’s Manual
  • Annual budget for public information and education: N/A