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Effective date of original law: March 1, 1987

Ultimate Program Responsibility
The Office of the Secretary
148 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
Phone: 207-626-8400

Day-to-Day Administration
Normand Brodeur, Driver Education
Program Manager
Secretary of State
Bureau of Motor Vehicles
Station 29, State House
Augusta, ME 04333
Phone: 207-624-9156
Fax: 207-624-9158
Web site:

Program Administration
Legislative Provisions

  • Source of funding: Bureau of Motor Vehicles annual budget
  • Stipulated use of funds: N/A

Relationship Among Various Programs

  • Oversight responsibility is with the Secretary of State.

Collection of Rider Training and Licensing Data

  • Agency responsible for collecting rider training data: Secretary of State, Bureau of Motor Vehicles
  • Agency responsible for collecting licensing data:
    Secretary of State, 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: April through October
  • Number of instruction sites: 59
  • Types of providers: Military, mobile training sites, and various approved licensed providers

Operations and Participant Characteristics

  • Courses offered: 49
  • Students enrolled: 577
  • 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: $73,700 (administrative cost of overseeing the motorcycle training programs)
  • Source of Federal funds: None
  • Average cost to State to educate rider: $127.73
  • Course tuition charged to novice rider: $150
  • Course tuition charged to experienced rider: $50
  • Special fees in addition to course fees: N/A


  • Approved curricula: MRC:RSS, BRC, ERC, and MMSEC
    (8 hour classroom only)
  • Advisory committee: None
  • Curricula approved by:
    Secretary of State
  • Process to modify curricula: Changes are submitted to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles for consideration.
  • 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. Certification is required for MMSEC Instructors.
  • Secretary is to oversee training and certification of MMSEC Instructors.
  • No probation or internship requirements exist for Instructors.
  • Instructors are monitored by Chiefs/RiderCoach Trainers and Bureau of Motor Vehicles program staff.

Profile of Instructors

  • Certified Instructors/RiderCoaches: 24
  • Chief Instructors/RiderCoach Trainers: 2
  • Instructor candidates in 2001: 6
  • Percentage of successful Instructor candidates: 83%
  • Instructor demographics: 83% male, 17% female
  • Reciprocity for Instructors trained in other States: Yes

Quality Control Procedures

  • Quality control measures include onsite monitoring by Bureau of Motor Vehicles staff.
  • Secretary of State, Bureau of Motor Vehicles is responsible for quality control.
  • Frequency of quality control implementation varies.

Program Evaluation

  • Program conducts regular evaluations.
  • Evaluations are conducted in the classrooms and in the field. Monitoring of Instructors at both ranges and classrooms is conducted by Bureau of Motor Vehicle staff.
  • Evaluations are used to determine that the rules for conducting motorcycle rider education are met.

Special features of rider education and/or licensing program

  • All individuals wishing to obtain a motorcycle endorsement must complete one of two training courses:
    1. MRC:RSS or BRC, or
    2. Maine Motorcycle Safety Education Course (MMSEC), an 8-hour block of classroom instruction.

Licensing Requirements

  • $10 issuance fee
  • Successful completion of eye exam
  • Successful completion of knowledge exam
  • Successful completion of MMSEC, MRC:RSS, or BRC
  • Valid for 1 year
  • Two renewals permitted


  • $5 endorsement fee
  • Rider must be 16 with mandatory successful completion of a rider education program.
  • Motorcycle endorsement automatically renewed with the driver’s license every 6 years.

Operator Licensing
Testing and Training Responsibilities

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

Knowledge and Skills Tests Used

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


  • Rider education waiver: Skills (MRC:RSS or BRC only; not with MMSEC)
  • Reciprocity for rider education completed in another State: Yes
  • Reciprocal license waivers: Yes

Operator and Vehicle Characteristics

  • Motorcycle operators licensed: 106,480
  • Registered motorcycles: 29,034
  • New motorcycle licenses/endorsements issued in 2001: N/A
  • Operators licensed through rider education in 2001: 500
  • Operators licensed without rider education: 0
  • 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: None