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Effective date of original law: January 1, 1984

Ultimate Program Responsibility
Michigan Department of Education
608 W. Allegan Street
Lansing, MI 48933

Day-to-Day Administration
Greg Lantzy, Acting Supervisor
Pupil Transportation, Driver and Rider
Safety Program
Michigan Department of Education
P.O. Box 30008
Lansing, MI 48909
Phone: 517-373-3677
Fax: 517-373-4022
Web site:

Program Administration
Legislative Provisions

  • Source of funding: Original motorcycle endorsement ($10), renewal ($3), and motorcycle registration ($3)
  • Stipulated use of funds: To fund only the motorcycle safety education program, including the State coordinator, audit required with other school services

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 September
  • Number of instruction sites: 39
  • Types of providers: Universities, community colleges, high schools, Rider’s Edge,
    and mobile training sites

Operations and Participant Characteristics

  • Courses offered: N/A
  • Students enrolled: 5884
  • 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: N/A
  • Source of Federal funds: None
  • Average cost to State to educate rider: N/A
  • Course tuition charged to novice rider: $25
  • Course tuition charged to experienced rider: $25
  • Special fees in addition to course fees: N/A


  • Approved curricula: MRC:RSS,
    BRC, IRC, and ERC
  • Advisory committee: None
  • Curricula approved by: N/A
  • 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 offers Instructor Preparation Course (IPC).
  • Annual updates are required for Instructors. Instructors are monitored every 6 years by chief RiderCoach trainers and State coordinators.

Profile of Instructors

  • Certified Instructors/RiderCoaches: 185
  • Chief Instructors/RiderCoach Trainers: 4
  • Instructor candidates in 2001: 35
  • Percentage of successful Instructor candidates: 74%
  • Instructor demographics: 82% male, 18% female
  • Reciprocity for Instructors trained in other States: N/A

Quality Control Procedures

  • N/A

Program Evaluation

  • N/A

Licensing Requirements

  • $13.50 issuance fee*
  • Successful completion of
    eye exam
  • Successful completion of knowledge exam
  • Valid for 150 days
  • Unlimited renewals


  • $13.50 fee*
  • Rider may be licensed at 16 upon successful completion of a rider education course. Rider must be 18 if course is not completed.
  • Motorcycle endorsement must be renewed every 4 years.

*Permit fee included in license fee

Operator Licensing
Testing and Training Responsibilities

  • Testing agency: Secretary of State
  • 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
  • Reciprocity for rider education completed in
    another State:
  • Reciprocal license waivers: Yes

Operator and Vehicle Characteristics

  • Motorcycle operators licensed: 438,305
  • Registered motorcycles: 165,564
  • 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: Motorcycle Operator’s Manual
  • Annual budget for public information and education: None