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New York

Effective date of original law:
May 1, 1998

Ultimate Program Responsibility
Motorcycle Safety Program
Department of Motor Vehicles
6 Empire State Plaza, Room 527
Albany, NY 12228
Phone: 518-473-7700
Fax: 518-474-5722
Web site:

Day-to-Day Administration
Motorcycle Association of New York State, Inc.
Michael Melis, State Administrator
697 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10023
Phone: 212-579-5543
Fax: 212-579-7401
Web site:

Program Administration
Legislative Provisions

  • Source of funding: Motorcycle registration ($2.50 annually) and Motorcycle permit, license, or renewal ($.50 for 6 months or portion thereof)
  • Stipulated use of funds: To administer and implement the motorcycle safety program; no more than 10 percent of funds may be used for Department of Motor Vehicles administrative and personnel costs needed to implement and administer the program and remaining funds shall be used for administrative and operating expenses of coordinating organization.

Relationship Among Various Programs

  • Department of Motor Vehicles has approved the Motorcycle Association of New York State, Inc. (MANYS) as a course sponsor for the optional road test waiver and for Point and Insurance Reduction Program benefits.
  • Under a 5-year contract with the Department of Motor Vehicles, MANYS administers the State Motorcycle Safety Program, including rider education and public information.

Collection of Rider Training and Licensing Data

  • Agency responsible for collecting rider training data:
  • Agency responsible for collecting licensing data:
    New York State Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Data available in electronic format: Yes
  • Link between crash, licensing, and rider education data: Yes

Rider Education
Training Delivery

  • Months of instruction: March through December
  • Number of instruction sites: 30
  • Types of providers: Rider’s Edge, military, driver education, and private contractors

Operations and Participant Characteristics

  • Courses offered: 635
  • Students enrolled: 6,984
  • 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: $796,560
  • Source of Federal funds: Section 402
  • Average cost to State to educate rider: $114.05
  • Course tuition charged to novice rider: $170–$370
  • Course tuition charged to experienced rider: $170–$370
  • Special fees in addition to course fees: None


  • Approved curricula: MRC:RSS,
    BRC, and ERC
  • Advisory committee: None
  • Curricula approved by:
    Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Process to modify curricula: Potential places for change are identified by MANYS and approved by the Department of Motor Vehicles.
  • Data collected for modifications: MANYS
  • Validation process for modifications: MANYS

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Instructor Selection, Training, and Evaluation

  • State certification or approval is required for Instructors and Chief Instructors.
  • There is 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.

Profile of Instructors

  • Certified Instructors/RiderCoaches: 190
  • Chief Instructors/RiderCoach Trainers: 5
  • Instructor candidates in 2001: N/A
  • Percentage of successful Instructor candidates: N/A
  • Instructor demographics: N/A
  • Reciprocity for Instructors trained in other States: Yes

Quality Control Procedures

  • Quality control measures include technical assistance reviews and on-site monitoring.
  • The frequency of quality control implementation is unspecified. Routine visits are made as needed, with a minimum of one per training site per year.

Program Evaluation

  • Program is reviewed continuously and evaluated annually.
  • Evaluation process is conducted as part of the contract oversight.
  • The State program follows a plan of continuous program improvement.

Special features of rider education and/or licensing program

  • State offers point reductions for riders who have successfully completed a rider education course.

Licensing Requirements

  • $14 permit fee if rider has a driver’s license
  • $52 permit fee if rider does not have a driver’s license
  • If rider is 16–21 without a driver’s license, motorcycle license fee is prorated depending on rider’s age.
  • Successful completion of vision test
  • Successful completion of knowledge test
  • Valid for 1 year with driver’s license (can be renewed once); valid for up to 5 years without driver’s license (non-renewable)


  • $14 fee if rider has a driver’s license (included in permit fee)
  • $52 fee if rider does not have a driver’s license (included in
    permit fee)
  • If rider is 16–21 without a driver’s license, motorcycle license fee is prorated depending on rider’s age.
  • Rider must be 16 with or without successful completion of a rider education course.
  • Motorcycle license must be renewed every 8 years.

Operator Licensing
Testing and Training Responsibilities

  • Testing agency: Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Third-party testing: None
  • Agency responsible for training examiners:
    Department of Motor Vehicles

Knowledge and Skills Tests Used

  • Primary knowledge test used: Local
  • Skills test used: Local on-street


  • Rider education waiver: Skills
  • Reciprocity for rider education completed in
    another State:
  • Reciprocal license waivers: Yes

Operator and Vehicle Characteristics

  • Motorcycle operators licensed: 535,513
  • Registered motorcycles: 217,546
  • 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: Yes

Public Information and Education

  • Operator’s manual used: Motorcycle Operator’s Manual
  • Annual budget for public information and education: N/A