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Effective date of original law: January 1, 1985

Ultimate Program Responsibility
Department of Motor Vehicle Safety
2206 East View Parkway
P.O. Box 80447
Conyers, GA 30013
Phone: 678-413-8400
Web site:

Day-to-Day Administration
Chad Burns, Senior Training Officer
Department of Motor Vehicle Safety
Motorcycle Safety Program
5036 Highway 85
Forest Park, GA 30297-2405
Phone: 404-669-2950 or 800-245-4410
Fax: 404-669-2986
Web site:

Program Administration
Legislative Provisions

  • Source of funding: Motorcycle registration fees ($5)
  • Stipulated use of funds: To implement Motorcycle Safety Program

Relationship Among Various Programs

  • The same agency administers licensing and rider education.

Collection of Rider Training and Licensing Data

  • Agency responsible for collecting rider training data: N/A
  • Agency responsible for collecting licensing data: N/A
  • Data available in electronic format: N/A
  • Link between crash, licensing, and rider education data: N/A

Rider Education
Training Delivery

  • Months of instruction: January through December
  • Number of instruction sites: 19
  • Types of providers: Rider’s Edge, universities, community colleges, private contractors, vocational technical schools, high schools, military, and mobile training sites

Operations and Participant Characteristics

  • Courses offered: N/A
  • Students enrolled: 4,189
  • 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: $475,000
  • Source of Federal funds: None
  • Average cost to State to educate rider: $113.39
  • Course tuition charged to novice rider: $50 in-State, $200 out-of-State
  • Course tuition charged to experienced rider: $30 in-State,
    $100 out-of-State
  • Special fees in addition to course fees: N/A


  • Approved curricula: MRC:RSS,
    BRC, and ERC
  • Advisory committee: Members are appointed by the Program Administrator and serve 2-year terms.
  • Curricula approved by: N/A
  • Process to modify curricula: N/A
  • Data collected for modifications: N/A
  • Validation process for modifications: N/A

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Instructor Selection, Training, and Evaluation

  • State certification or approval is required for Instructors and Chief Instructors
  • The Department of Public Safety sets Instructor qualifications. Instructor training is based on the MSF’s Instructor Course or an equivalent.
  • Instructor internship and probation is required.
  • State offers Instructor Preparation Course (IPC).
  • Annual updates are required for Instructors. All classes are monitored by chiefs, RiderCoach trainers, program staff, peers, and State coordinators.

Profile of Instructors

  • Certified Instructors/RiderCoaches: 50
  • Chief Instructors/RiderCoach Trainers: 2
  • Instructor candidates in 2001: 12
  • Percentage of successful Instructor candidates: 58%
  • Instructor demographics: N/A
  • Reciprocity for Instructors trained in other States: N/A

Quality Control Procedures

  • N/A

Program Evaluation

  • N/A

Licensing Requirements

  • $10 issuance fee
  • Successful completion of eye exam
  • Successful completion of knowledge exam
  • Valid for 6 months
  • Unlimited renewals


  • $15 fee
  • Rider must be 16 with or without successful completion of a rider education course.
  • Motorcycle endorsement must be renewed every 4 years.

Operator Licensing
Testing and Training Responsibilities

  • Testing agency: Department of Public Safety (Knowledge) and Department of Motor Vehicle Safety (Skills)
  • Third-party testing: Yes
  • Agency responsible for training examiners: N/A

Knowledge and Skills Tests Used

  • Knowledge test used: MSF
  • Skills test used: Motorcyclist Licensing Skill Test (MLST)


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

Operator and Vehicle Characteristics

  • Motorcycle operators licensed: 231,013
  • Registered motorcycles: 90,586
  • 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: None