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Effective date of original law:
October 1, 1987

Ultimate Program Responsibility
Department of Highway Safety and
Motor Vehicles
Neil Kirkman Building
2900 Apalachee Parkway
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0500
Phone: 850-922-9000

Day-to-Day Administration
Mr. Louis Kyler
Florida Rider Training Program
Division of Drivers License
1312 45th Street
Orlando, FL 32839
Phone: 407-858-6137
Fax: 407-858-6138
Web site:

Program Administration
Legislative Provisions

  • Source of funding: Motorcycle or moped
    registration fees ($2.50)
  • Stipulated use of funds: To fund the Motorcycle Safety Education Program or a motorcycle driver improvement program

Relationship Among Various Programs

  • State licensing and rider education program are one and
    the same.

Collection of Rider Training and Licensing Data

  • Agency responsible for collecting rider training data: Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
  • Agency responsible for collecting licensing data:
    Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
  • Data available in electronic format: Yes
  • Link between crash, licensing, and rider education data: Yes

Rider Education
Training Delivery

  • Months of instruction: January through December
  • Number of instruction sites: 57
  • Types of providers: Rider’s Edge, military, private contractors, and community colleges

Operations and Participant Characteristics

  • Courses offered: 1529
  • Students enrolled: 14,321
  • No-shows or registration
  • Time until course reaches
  • Average waiting period to take course: N/A
  • Students on waiting list: N/A

Program Funding and Expenditures

  • Annual budget: $500,000
  • Source of Federal funds: None
  • Average cost to State to educate rider: $33.23
  • Course tuition charged to novice rider: $225
  • Course tuition charged to experienced rider: $80
  • Special fees in addition to course fees: N/A


  • Approved curricula: MRC:RSS
    and ERC
  • Advisory committee: None
  • Curricula approved by:
    Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
  • Process to modify curricula: Modifications are done by Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
  • Data collected for modifications: Data are collected by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
  • Validation process for modifications: N/A

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Instructor Selection, Training, and Evaluation

  • The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles prescribes Instructor training qualifications.

Profile of Instructors

  • Certified Instructors/RiderCoaches: 225
  • Chief Instructors/RiderCoach Trainers: 2
  • Instructor candidates in 2001: 54
  • Percentage of successful Instructor candidates: 89%
  • Instructor demographics: 87% male, 13% female
  • Reciprocity for Instructors trained in other States: Yes

Quality Control Procedures

  • The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is responsible for implementing quality control measures on an annual basis.

Program Evaluation

  • Program conducts regular evaluation.
  • Evaluation process includes monitoring by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles staff.
  • Evaluation data are used to keep the program consistent.

Special features of rider education and/or licensing program

  • No permit fee

Licensing Requirements

  • No issuance fee
  • Successful completion of eye exam
  • Successful completion of knowledge exam
  • Valid for 60 days
  • Five renewals permitted


  • $5 endorsement fee
  • Rider may be licensed at 16 upon successful completion of a rider education course. Rider must be 21 if course not completed.
  • Motorcycle endorsement must be renewed every 4 or 6 years.

Operator Licensing
Testing and Training Responsibilities

  • Testing agency: Department of Highway Safety and
    Motor Vehicles
  • Third-party testing: Yes
  • Agency responsible for training examiners:
    Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

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: 505,943
  • Registered motorcycles: 240,844
  • New motorcycle licenses/endorsements issued in 2001: 24,641
  • 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: None