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Effective date of original law:
April 7, 1987

Ultimate Program Responsibility
Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles
P.O. Box 199100
Boston, MA 02119-9100

Day-to-Day Administration
Steven M. Sebestyen, Deputy Registrar
Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles
One Copley Place
Boston, MA 02116
Phone: 617-351-9570
Fax: 617-351-9971
Web site:

Program Administration
Legislative Provisions

  • Source of funding: Motorcycle registration ($2 of every $20 annual motorcycle registration fee)
  • Stipulated use of funds: To fund MSF-approved rider education courses and Instructor training, as well as public awareness efforts

Relationship Among Various Programs

  • N/A

Collection of Rider Training and Licensing Data

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

Rider Education
Training Delivery

  • Months of instruction: March through October
  • Number of instruction sites: 8
  • Types of providers: Private contractors and Rider’s Edge

Operations and Participant Characteristics

  • Courses offered: 256
  • Students enrolled: 7419
  • No-shows or registration refunds: N/A
  • Time until course reaches capacity: N/A
  • Average waiting period to take course: Varies by site
  • Students on waiting list: N/A

Program Funding and Expenditures

  • Annual budget: $246,000 (est.)
  • Source of Federal funds: Section 402
  • Average cost to State to educate rider: $33.16
  • Course tuition charged to novice rider: $249
  • Course tuition charged to experienced rider: $80
  • Special fees in addition to course fees: N/A


  • Approved curricula: BRC and ERC
  • Advisory committee: State advisory committee with voluntary membership and indefinite term lengths
  • Curricula approved by: MSF
  • 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 and Chief Instructors.
  • A three-course mentorship is required.
  • State offers Instructor Preparation Course (IPC).
  • Annual updates are required for Instructors. Instructors are monitored periodically by Chiefs/RiderCoach Trainers, program staff, and State coordinators.

Profile of Instructors

  • Certified Instructors/RiderCoaches: 100 (est.)
  • Chief Instructors/RiderCoach Trainers: 4
  • Instructor candidates in 2001: 21
  • Percentage of successful Instructor candidates: 81%
  • Instructor demographics: 92% male, 8% female
  • Reciprocity for Instructors trained in other States: N/A

Quality Control Procedures

  • Quality control measures are in the form of site visits.
  • Highway Safety Bureau and Chief Instructors are responsible for quality control.
  • Quality control implementation is ongoing.

Program Evaluation

  • Program conducts regular evaluation in the form of site visits.
  • Evaluation is used for program improvement.

Licensing Requirements

  • $15 issuance fee
  • Successful completion of
    eye exam
  • Successful completion of knowledge exam
  • Valid for 2 years
  • Not renewable


  • $15 motorcycle endorsement fee (in addition to the base driver’s license fee) $33.75 motorcycle-only license fee
  • Rider may be licensed at 16 upon successful completion of a rider education program. Rider must be 17 if course is not completed.
  • Motorcycle endorsement must be renewed every 5 years.

Operator Licensing
Testing and Training Responsibilities

  • Testing agency: Registry of Motor Vehicles
  • 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: Yes
  • Reciprocal license waiver: Yes

Operator and Vehicle Characteristics

  • Motorcycle operators licensed: 250,000 (est.)
  • Registered motorcycles: 120,000 (est.)
  • New motorcycle licenses/endorsements issued in
  • 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: $25,000–$50,000