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New Hampshire

Effective date of original law:
July 1, 1989

Ultimate Program Responsibility
New Hampshire Department of Safety Division of Motor Vehicles
James H. Hayes Building
10 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03305-0002
Phone: 603-271-2251

Day-to-Day Administration
Mavis Robinson,
Program Coordinator
New Hampshire Department
of Safety
Division of Motor Vehicles
Motorcycle Rider Training Program
10 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: 603-271-7071
Fax: 603-271-0307

Program Administration
Legislative Provisions

  • Source of funding: Motorcycle registration fee, motorcycle learner’s permit, license, or endorsement ($1) and license
    renewal ($5)
  • Stipulated use of funds: To administer only the motorcycle rider education program and expenses related to the program, or to reimbursement of training providers.

Relationship Among Various Programs

  • Programs work together but have separate responsibilities.

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: April through October
  • Number of instruction sites: 8
  • Types of providers: Rider’s Edge

Operations and Participant Characteristics

  • Courses offered: N/A
  • Students enrolled: 1642
  • 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: $85
  • Course tuition charged to experienced rider: $250
  • Special fees in addition to course fees: N/A


  • Approved curricula: MRC:RSS,
    BRC, IRC, and ERC
  • Advisory committee: State has a five-member advisory committee. Members are appointed by the commissioner to indefinite term lengths.
  • Curricula approved by:
    Director of the Department of
    Motor Vehicles
  • 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.
  • There is a probationary period of three classes for new Instructors.
  • State offers Instructor Preparation Course (IPC).
  • Annual updates are required for Instructors. Chiefs, RiderCoach trainers, and State coordinators monitor Instructors sporadically.

Profile of Instructors

  • Certified Instructors/RiderCoaches: 55
  • Chief Instructors/RiderCoach Trainers: 5
  • Instructor candidates in 2001: 0
  • Percentage of successful Instructor candidates: 0
  • Instructor demographics: N/A
  • Reciprocity for Instructors trained in other States: N/A

Quality Control Procedures

  • N/A

Program Evaluation

  • The Department of Motor Vehicles program coordinator conducts an annual evaluation.

Licensing Requirements

  • $30 initial permit fee, which includes license cost
  • Valid for 30 days
  • One renewal permitted


  • $30 fee (if not already paid in permit fee)
  • Rider must be 16 with successful completion of a rider education course. Rider must be 18 if course is not completed.
  • Endorsement renewal period is every 4 years.

Operator Licensing
Testing and Training Responsibilities

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

Knowledge and Skills Tests Used

  • Knowledge test used: Local
  • 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: 120,987
  • Registered motorcycles: 24,387
  • 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