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Effective date of original law: January 1, 1987

Ultimate Program Responsibility
Indiana Department of Education
Room 229, State House
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2798
Phone: 317-232-6610
Fax: 317-232-8004
Web site:

Day-to-Day Administration
John Bodeker, State Program Coordinator
Indiana Department of Education
Division of School Traffic Safety
State House, Room 229
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 317-232-0893
Fax: 317-233-0858
Web site:

Program Administration
Legislative Provisions

  • Source of funding: Motorcycle Registration ($5 in 2001
    and $7 in 2002)
  • Stipulated use of funds: To administer and fund motorcycle operator safety education, including reimbursement for course sites, Instructor training, purchase of equipment and course materials, and technical assistance

Relationship Among Various Programs

  • Programs assist each other with mutually affecting legislative issues and with efforts to improve the licensing system, as well as when problems arise in the field.
  • Communication is generally direct between the motorcycle
    program coordinator and deputy director for licensing in the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

Collection of Rider Training and Licensing Data

  • Agency responsible for collecting rider training data: Department of Education
  • Agency responsible for collecting licensing data:
    Bureau 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: March through October
    Number of instruction sites: 13
    Types of providers: Universities, community colleges, private contractors, vocational technology schools, and high schools

Operations and Participant Characteristics

  • Courses offered: 398
  • Students enrolled: 4537
  • No-shows or registration refunds: 3–5% of total enrollment, or
    135–230 (est.)
  • Time until course reaches capacity: 3 months (est.)
  • Average waiting period to take course: Anywhere from 1 day to
    5 months, depending on date of class
  • Students on waiting list: 600 (est.)

Program Funding and Expenditures

  • Annual budget: $515,000
  • Source of Federal funds: Section 402
  • Average cost to State to educate rider: $113.51
  • Course tuition charged to novice rider: $25
  • Course tuition charged to experienced rider: $15
  • Special fees in addition to course fees: $25 refundable registration fee


  • Approved curricula: MRC:RSS
    and ERC
  • Advisory committee: The five members of the State advisory committee are appointed by the superintendent with indefinite term lengths. The committee must include
    at least three active motorcyclists.
  • Curricula approved by:
    State committee and the coordinator
  • Process to modify curricula: The coordinator has final authority.
  • Data collected for modifications: Annual evaluation
  • Validation process for modifications: Annual evaluation, Chief Instructor, and Instructor evaluations and recommendations.

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Instructor Selection, Training, and Evaluation

  • State certification or approval is required for Instructors and Chief Instructors.
  • Program provides Instructor training. Training Specialists must be licensed motorcyclists and meet Chief Instructor standards.
  • There is a probationary period for Instructors lasting the first three courses.
  • State offers Instructor Preparation Course (IPC).
  • Updates for Instructors are required every 2 years. They are monitored as needed by Chiefs/RiderCoach Trainers, program staff, and State coordinators.

Profile of Instructors

  • Certified Instructors/RiderCoaches: 170
  • Chief Instructors/RiderCoach Trainers: 5
  • Instructor candidates in 2001: 35
  • Percentage of successful Instructor candidates: 83%
  • Instructor demographics: 92% male, 8% female
  • Reciprocity for Instructors trained in other States: Yes

Quality Control Procedures

  • Quality control measures include evaluations by site coordinators, Chief Instructors, training specialists, and coordinator.
  • The Department of Education is responsible for quality control.
  • Frequency of the quality control implementation is variable based on reported need.

Program Evaluation

  • Program conducts regular evaluations.
  • Program evaluation is composed of the review of student and Instructor written evaluations.
  • Evaluation data are used for program improvement.

Licensing Requirements

  • $9 initial permit
  • Successful completion of
    eye exam
  • Successful completion of knowledge exam
  • Valid for 1 year
  • Unlimited renewals


  • $8 for 2 years or $10 for 3–4 years
  • Rider must be 16 with or without successful completion of a rider education program.
  • Motorcycle endorsement must be renewed every 2–4 years.

Operator Licensing
Testing and Training Responsibilities

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

Knowledge and Skills Tests Used

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


  • Rider education waiver: Skill
  • Reciprocity for rider education completed in
    another State:
  • Reciprocal license waiver: Yes

Operator and Vehicle Characteristics

  • Motorcycle operators licensed: 233,434
  • Registered motorcycles: 121,107
  • New motorcycle licenses/endorsements issued in 2001: N/A
  • Operators licensed through rider education in 2001: 2,500 (est.)
  • Operators licensed without rider education: 10,000 (est.)
  • Operators without license or proper endorsement: 40,000 (est.)

Motorcyclist Licensing System

  • Graduated licensing: None
  • Tiered licensing: Yes

Public Information and Education

  • Operator’s manual used: Modified Motorcycle Operator’s Manual
  • Annual budget for public information and education: $5,000–$10,000