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Effective date of original law:
July 1, 1982

Ultimate Program Responsibility
Department of Transportation
800 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA 50010
Phone: 515-239-1101

Day-to-Day Administration
Toni Kerkove, State Administrator
Department of Transportation
Office of Driver Services Motor
Vehicle Division
Iowa Department of Transportation
103 Crossroads Center
Waterloo, IA 50702
Phone: 319-235-8032
Fax: 319-235-9674
Web site:

Program Administration
Legislative Provisions

  • Source of funding: Motorcycle license ($1 per year of validity) and rider education license plates/personalized plate fees
    ($35 initial fee, then $10 per year)
  • Stipulated use of funds: To establish new motorcycle rider education courses and reimburse sponsors for costs of providing courses approved and established by the Department of Transportation. The distribution of money is based on the cost of providing courses.

Relationship Among Various Programs

  • N/A

Collection of Rider Training and Licensing Data

  • Agency responsible for collecting rider training data: Department of Transportation
  • Agency responsible for collecting licensing data:
    Department of Transportation
  • Data available in electronic format: None
  • Link between crash, licensing, and rider education data: None

Rider Education
Training Delivery

  • Months of instruction: March through November (varies upon weather)
  • Number of instruction sites: 33
  • Types of providers: Community colleges, private contractors, Rider’s Edge,
    and mobile training sites

Operations and Participant Characteristics

  • Courses offered: 289
  • Students enrolled: 2569
  • No-shows or registration refunds: N/A
  • Time until course reaches capacity: N/A
  • Average waiting period to take course: N/A
  • Students on waiting list: N/A

Program Funding and Expenditures

  • Annual budget: $230,000
  • Source of Federal funds: None
  • Average cost to State to educate rider: $89.53
  • Course tuition charged to novice rider: $85
  • Course tuition charged to experienced rider: $40
  • Special fees in addition to course fees: None


  • Approved curricula: MRC:RSS,
    BRC, and ERC
  • Advisory committee: None
  • Curricula approved by:
    Department of Transportation
  • Process to modify curricula: Curricula are reviewed by the Department of Transportation, placed into the rules, reviewed by the director, and reconsidered by the rules review committee
  • Data collected for modifications: N/A
  • Description of validation of modifications: N/A

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Instructor Selection, Training, and Evaluation

  • State certification or approval is required for Instructors and Chief Instructors.
  • Two internships are required for Instructors.
  • Annual updates are required for Instructors. They are monitored at various times by chiefs/RiderCoach coordinators and State coordinators

Profile of Instructors

  • Certified Instructors/RiderCoaches: 79
  • Chief Instructors/RiderCoach Trainers: 4
  • Instructor candidates in 2001: 12
  • Percentage of successful Instructor candidates: 100%
  • Instructor demographics: 85% male, 15% female
  • Reciprocity for Instructors trained in other States: Yes

Quality Control Procedures

  • Quality control measures include monitoring and critiquing courses.
  • Iowa Department of Transportation is responsible for quality control.
  • Instructors are monitored once every 3–4 years.

Program Evaluation

  • Program does not conduct regular evaluation.

Licensing Requirements

  • $1–$8 fee
  • Successful completion of eye exam
  • Successful completion of knowledge exam
  • Valid for 2 years
  • Not renewable


  • $1 per year endorsement fee
  • Rider may be licensed at 16 upon successful completion of a rider education course. Rider must be 18 if course not completed.
  • Motorcycle endorsement must be renewed every 2–5 years.

Operator Licensing
Testing and Training Responsibilities

  • Testing agency:
    Department of Transportation Driver Services
  • Third-party testing: None
  • Agency responsible for training examiners:
    Department of Transportation

Knowledge and Skills Tests Used

  • Knowledge test used: MSF
  • Primary skills test used: Alternate MOST
  • Secondary skills test used: Local off-street


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

Operator and Vehicle Characteristics

  • Motorcycle operators licensed: 214,938
  • Registered motorcycles: 110,395
  • New motorcycle licenses/endorsements issued in 2001: 2000 (est.)
  • 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: Yes

Public Information and Education

  • Operator’s manual used: Modified Motorcycle Operator’s Manual
  • Annual budget for public information and education: None