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Effective date of original law: September 1, 1994

Ultimate Program Responsibility
Idaho Department of Education
650 West State Street
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0027
Phone: 208-332-6800

Day-to-Day Administration
Ronald E. Shepard, Coordinator
State Department of Education/Skills Training Advantage for Riders (STAR)
Motorcycle Safety Program
Idaho Department of Education
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0027
Phone: 208-332-6852
Fax: 208-334-3484
Web site:

Program Administration
Legislative Provisions

  • Source of funding: Class A, B, C, D licenses ($1)
  • Stipulated use of funds: To administer and implement motorcycle safety programs, including reimbursement to
    course providers

Relationship Among Various Programs

  • State Department of Education is responsible for establishing and administering the motorcycle safety program. The Department is also responsible for ensuring the content correctness of the motorcycle licensing tests and the training of motorcycle licensing testers. The Transportation Department is responsible for contracting and administering licensing testers.

Collection of Rider Training and Licensing Data

  • Agency responsible for collecting rider training data: STAR
  • Agency responsible for collecting licensing data:
    Idaho Transportation Department
  • Data available in electronic format: STAR is in the process of converting all data to an electronic format.
  • Link between crash, licensing, and rider education data: Crash data will be linked to rider training and to licensing data once all data have been converted to electronic format.

Rider Education
Training Delivery

  • Months of instruction: March through November
  • Number of instruction sites: 9
  • Types of providers: Universities, high schools, military, and mobile training sites

Operations and Participant Characteristics

  • Courses offered: 151
  • Students enrolled: 1477
  • No-shows or registration
  • Time until course reaches
  • Average waiting period to take course: 3 months
  • Students on waiting list: 618

Program Funding and Expenditures

  • Annual budget: $319,230
  • Source of Federal funds: Section 402
  • Average cost to State to educate rider: $216.13
  • Course tuition charged to novice rider: $75
  • Course tuition charged to experienced rider: $40
  • Special fees in addition to course fees: N/A


  • Approved curricula: MRC:RSS
    and ERC
  • Advisory committee: Five-member advisory committee appointed by the Superintendent serves 3-year terms.
  • Curricula approved by:
    Department of Education
  • Process to modify curricula:
    State Coordinator/Educational entities
  • Data collected for modifications: State Coordinator
  • Validation process for modifications:
    State Coordinator/Educational entities

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Instructor Selection, Training, and Evaluation

  • State certification or approval is required for Instructors and Chief Instructors.
  • Instructor training and approval standards are to meet or exceed national standards.
  • A 3-day internship is required for Instructors.
  • Updates for Instructors are required every 6 months.
  • State offers Instructor Preparation Course (IPC).

Profile of Instructors

  • Certified Instructors/RiderCoaches: 32
  • Chief Instructors/RiderCoach Trainers: 2
  • Instructor candidates in 2001: 6
  • Percentage of successful Instructor candidates: 33%
  • Instructor demographics: 87% male, 13% female
  • Reciprocity for Instructors trained in other States: Yes

Quality Control Procedures

  • Quality control measures include technical assistance visits, course critiques, and peer review.
  • The State coordinator is responsible for the quality control measures.
  • Critiques are reviewed after every class, there is a random follow-up critique program, and technical assistance visits occur as required and/or scheduled.

Program Evaluation

  • Program conducts regular evaluations.
  • The evaluation process includes student and Instructor feedback, staff recommendations, State coordinator evaluation, Advisory Committee recommendations, and audits and review of other State programs.
  • Based on information gained from program evaluation, changes are made as required, because improvement is an ongoing process.

Special features of rider education and/or licensing program

  • State offers point reductions for riders who have successfully completed a rider education course.

Licensing Requirements

  • $11.50 issuance fee
  • Successful completion of eye exam
  • Successful completion of knowledge exam ($3 written test fee)
  • Valid for 180 days
  • Unlimited renewals


  • $11.50 one-time endorsement fee
  • Successful completion of
    eye exam
  • Successful completion of knowledge exam ($3 written test fee)
  • Rider may add endorsement to license at age 15 upon successful completion of a rider education course. Rider must be 21 if course is not successfully completed.
  • Motorcycle endorsement is renewed with the driver’s license every 4 or 8 years.

Operator Licensing
Testing and Training Responsibilities

  • Testing agency: Driver Services
  • Third-party testing: Yes
  • Agency responsible for training examiners:
    Department of Education.

Knowledge and Skills Tests Used

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


  • Rider education waiver: Skills
  • Reciprocity for rider education completed in
    another State:
  • Reciprocal license waiver: Yes, with written motorcycle knowledge test.

Operator and Vehicle Characteristics

  • Motorcycle operators licensed: 40,741
  • Registered motorcycles: 42,165
  • New motorcycle licenses/endorsements issued in 2001: N/A
  • Operators licensed through rider education in 2001: 3,969
  • 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: $15,869