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New Jersey

Effective date of original law:
June 1, 1992

Ultimate Program Responsibility
Department of Law and Public Safety Division of Highway Traffic Safety
P.O. Box 080
Trenton, NJ 08625-0080
Phone: 800-422-3750
Fax: 609-633-9020

Day-to-Day Administration
Anne Marie Newman,
Highway Traffic
Safety Specialist
New Jersey Motorcycle Safety Education Program
Division of Highway Safety
CN 048; P.O. Box 48
Trenton, NJ 08625
Phone: 609-633-9303
Fax: 609-633-9020
Web site:

Program Administration
Legislative Provisions

  • Source of funding: Motorcycle license ($5)
  • Stipulated use of funds: To defray costs of only the motorcycle safety education program. Funds may be used to provide for program coordinator.

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: 8
  • Types of providers: Commercial schools, military, Rider’s Edge, universities, private contractors, and vocational technical schools

Operations and Participant Characteristics

  • Courses offered: N/A
  • Students enrolled: N/A
  • 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: $242,125
  • Source of Federal funds: None
  • Average cost to State to educate rider: N/A
  • Course tuition charged to novice rider: $0
  • Course tuition charged to experienced rider: $0
  • Special fees in addition to course fees: N/A


  • Approved curricula: MRC:RSS, IRC, and ERC
  • Advisory committee: Nine-member committee appointed by Governor. Members serve indefinite terms.
  • Curricula approved by: Director of the Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Highway Traffic Safety
  • 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.
  • There are no probation or internship requirement for Instructors.
  • State offers Instructor Preparation Course (IPC).
  • Annual updates are required for Instructors. Chiefs/RiderCoach Trainers, program staff, and State coordinators monitor Instructors throughout the season.

Profile of Instructors

  • Certified Instructors/RiderCoaches: 145
  • Chief Instructors/RiderCoach Trainers: 2
  • Instructor candidates in 2001: 10
  • Percentage of successful Instructor candidates: 50%
  • Instructor demographics: N/A
  • Reciprocity for Instructors trained in other States: N/A

Quality Control Procedures

  • N/A

Program Evaluation

  • N/A

Special features of rider education and/or licensing program

  • State offers point reductions for riders who have successfully completed a rider education course.
  • State provides rider education at no cost to the student.

Licensing Requirements

  • $5 examination permit
    issuance fee
  • $10 permit fee
  • Successful completion of
    vision test
  • Successful completion of knowledge test
  • Successful completion of
    skills test
  • Valid for 90 days
  • Four renewals permitted


  • $15 for 4-year photo motorcycle license and $13 to have a motorcycle endorsement added to existing license
  • Rider must be 17 with or without successful completion of a rider education course.
  • License renewal period is every
    4 years.

Operator Licensing
Testing and Training Responsibilities

  • Testing agency: Division 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: Alternate MOST


  • Rider education waiver: Skills
  • Reciprocity for rider education completed in another State: None
  • Reciprocal license waiver: None

Operator and Vehicle Characteristics

  • Motorcycle operators licensed: 264,100
  • Registered motorcycles: 102,967
  • 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: Modified Motorcycle Operator’s Manual
  • Annual budget for public information and education: None