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Effective date of original law: July 15, 1992

Ultimate Program Responsibility
Transportation Cabinet, Division of Driver Licensing
Office of Public Affairs
501 High Street
Frankfort, KY 40622
Phone: 502) 564-4890

Day-to-Day Administration
Wayne Steele, Program Coordinator
Kentucky Motorcycle Rider Education Program
Eastern Kentucky University
250 Stratton Building
Richmond, KY 40475-3131
Phone: 859-622-1153
Fax: 859-622-6548
Web site:

Program Administration
Legislative Provisions

  • Source of funding: $4 from each motorcycle registration license and permit
  • Stipulated use of funds: To administer and implement the motorcycle safety education program, including reimbursement of entities offering approved courses

Relationship Among Various Programs

  • N/A

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: March through December
  • Number of instruction sites: 16
  • Types of providers: Universities, community colleges, private contractors, driving schools, vocational technical schools, high schools, and military

Operations and Participant Characteristics

  • Courses offered: N/A
  • Students enrolled: 2121
  • 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: $225,000
  • Source of Federal funds: None
  • Average cost to State to educate rider: $106.08
  • Course tuition charged to novice rider: $100
  • Course tuition charged to experienced rider: $50
  • Special fees in addition to course fees: N/A


  • Approved curricula: MRC: RSS, BRC, and ERC
  • Advisory committee: Advisory committee establishes the Motorcycle Safety Education Advisory Commission. Members are appointed by the governor for 2-year terms.
  • Curricula approved by: Transportation Cabinet
  • 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, but not for Chief Instructors. Instructors must have a current valid MSF certification.
  • Program includes Instructor training and approval.
  • A three-class Instructor internship is required, and mentorship is required as necessary.
  • State offers Instructor Preparation Course (IPC).
  • Annual updates are required for Instructors. The Transportation Cabinet is to review Instructor status annually. Instructors are monitored annually by Chiefs/RiderCoach Trainers, program staff, peers, and the State coordinator.

Profile of Instructors

  • Certified Instructors/RiderCoaches: 75
  • Chief Instructors/RiderCoach Trainers: 2
  • Instructor candidates in 2001: 10
  • Percentage of successful Instructor candidates: 100%
  • Instructor demographics: 100% male, 0% female
  • Reciprocity for Instructors trained in other States: N/A

Quality Control Procedures

  • N/A

Program Evaluation

  • N/A

Licensing Requirements

  • $6 fee
  • Successful completion of
    eye exam
  • Successful completion of knowledge exam
  • Valid for 1 year
  • Unlimited renewals


  • $12 fee
  • Rider must be 16 with or without successful completion of a rider education program.
  • Motorcycle endorsement must be renewed every 4 years.

Operator Licensing
Testing and Training Responsibilities

  • Testing agency: State Police
  • Third-party testing: Yes
  • Agency responsible for training examiners: N/A

Knowledge and Skills Tests Used

  • Knowledge test used: Local
  • Skills test used: Local off-street


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

Operator and Vehicle Characteristics

  • Motorcycle operators: 111,184
  • Registered motorcycles: 39,530
  • 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: Local
  • Annual budget for public information and education: None