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Effective date of original law: September 1, 1982

Ultimate Program Responsibility
Kansas State Department of Education
120 SE 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1182 
Phone: 785-296-3201
Fax: 785-296-7933

Day-to-Day Administration
Joan Peterson, Director
Kansas State Department of Education
120 SE 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612
Phone: 785-296-8107
Fax: 785-296-3523

Program Administration
Legislative Provisions

  • Source of funding: 20% of motorcycle license fee
    ($1.30 legislative appropriation)
  • Stipulated use of funds: To administrer only motorcycle safety courses and to distribute among all public schools, accredited nonpublic schools, and community colleges that provide approved motorcycle safety courses (distribution based on student completions)

Relationship Among Various Programs

  • N/A

Collection of Rider Training and Licensing Data

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

Rider Education
Training Delivery

  • Months of instruction: April through October
  • Number of instruction sites: 9
  • Types of providers: Commercial schools, Rider’s Edge, driver education, community colleges, driving schools, vocational technical schools, high schools, and commercial schools

Operations and Participant Characteristics

  • Courses offered: N/A
  • Students enrolled: N/A
  • 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: $100,000
  • Source of Federal funds: None
  • Average cost to State to educate rider: N/A
  • Course tuition charged to novice rider: $175–$200
  • Course tuition charged to experienced rider: $175–$200
  • Special fees in addition to course fees: N/A


  • Approved curriculum: N/A
  • Advisory committee: None
  • Curriculum approved by:
    Department of Education
  • Process to modify curriculum: Schools contact the director at the Department of Education.
  • 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.
  • There is no probation or internship requirement for Instructors.
  • The evaluation process includes monitoring by program staff (individual programs vary on frequency).

Profile of Instructors

  • Certified Instructors/RiderCoaches: 40 (est.)
  • Chief Instructors/RiderCoach Trainers: 7
  • Instructor candidates in 2001: N/A
  • Percentage of successful Instructor candidates: N/A
  • Instructor demographics: N/A
  • Reciprocity for Instructors trained in other States: N/A

Quality Control Procedures

  • Department of Education is responsible for quality control.
  • The frequency of quality control implementation is determined by individual programs.

Program Evaluation

  • Program conducts regular evaluations in a yearly audit.

Licensing Requirements

  • $4 fee
  • Successful completion of eye exam
  • Successful completion of knowledge exam
  • Valid for 1 year
  • Unlimited renewals


  • $5–$6.50 fee
  • Rider may be licensed at 15 upon successful completion of a rider education program. Rider must be 16 if course is not completed.
  • Motorcycle endorsement must be renewed every 6 years with the driver’s license.

Operator Licensing
Testing and Training Responsibilities

  • Testing agency: Motor Vehicle Department
  • Third-party testing: Yes
  • Agency responsible for training examiners: N/A

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:
  • Reciprocal license waivers: Yes

Operator and Vehicle Characteristics

  • Motorcycle operators licensed: 200,000 (est.)
  • Registered motorcycles: 45,000 (est.)
  • New motorcycle licenses/endorsements issued in 2001: N/A
  • Operators licensed through rider education in 2001: 1,037
  • 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