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North Carolina

Effective date of original law: October 1, 1989

Ultimate Program Responsibility
Community College System
P.O. Box 188
Kinston, NC 28502
Phone: 252-527-6223

Day-to-Day Administration
David Galloway, Director
North Carolina Motorcycle Safety Education Program
602 West Harper Street
Snow Hill, NC 28580
Phone: 252-747-7093
Fax: 252-747-8063

Program Administration
Legislative Provisions

  • Source of funding: Motorcycle registration ($3)
  • Stipulated use of funds: To fund rider education program

Relationship Among Various Programs

  • N/A

Collection of Rider Training and Licensing Data

  • Agency responsible for collecting rider training data:
    North Carolina Motorcycle Safety Education Program
  • Agency responsible for collecting licensing data:
    Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Data available in electronic format: N/A
  • Link between crash, licensing, and rider education data: None

Rider Education
Training Delivery

  • Months of instruction: January through December
  • Number of instruction sites: 25
  • Types of providers: Rider’s Edge, community colleges, military, and mobile training sites

Operations and Participant Characteristics

  • Courses offered: 575
  • Students enrolled: 5,734
  • No-shows or registration refunds: N/A
  • Time until course reaches capacity: N/A
  • Average waiting period to take course: 2 months
  • Students on waiting list: N/A

Program Funding and Expenditures

  • Annual budget: $320,000
  • Source of Federal funds: Section 402
  • Average cost to State to educate rider: $55.81
  • Course tuition charged to novice rider: $100
  • Course tuition charged to experienced rider: $50
  • Special fees in addition to course fees: N/A


  • Approved curricula: MRC:RSS,
    BRC and ERC
  • Advisory committee: Members consist of volunteers and
    people appointed by the program administrator. The term
    length is indefinite.
  • Curricula approved by:
    Program director of the Department
    of Community Colleges
  • Process to modify curricula: Curricula are not modified.
  • Data collected for modifications: N/A
  • Description of validation of 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.
  • Program director oversees the training and certification of Instructors.
  • Instructors must complete a mentorship requirement of three classes and a probationary period
    of 1 year.
  • State offers Instructor Preparation Course (IPC).
  • Annual updates are required for Instructors. Chiefs/RiderCoach Trainers, program staff, and peers randomly monitor Instructors.

Profile of Instructors

  • Certified Instructors/RiderCoaches: 231
  • Chief Instructors/RiderCoach Trainers: 3
  • Instructor candidates in 2001: 55
  • Percentage of successful Instructor candidates: 78%
  • Instructor demographics: 90% male, 10% female
  • Reciprocity for Instructors trained in other States: Yes

Quality Control Procedures

  • Quality control measures are in the form of site audits.
  • The director of the North Carolina Motorcycle Safety Education Program is responsible for
    quality control.
  • Quality control is implemented as needed.

Program Evaluation

  • Program conducts regular self-evaluations.

Licensing Requirements

  • $10 initial permit fee
  • Successful completion of
    vision test
  • Successful completion of knowledge test
  • Successful completion of road sign identification test
  • Valid for 18 months
  • Two renewals permitted


  • $12 initial endorsement
  • Rider may be licensed at 16 with or without successful completion of a rider education course.
  • Motorcycle license must be renewed every 5 years.

Operator Licensing
Testing and Training Responsibilities

  • Testing agency: Motor Vehicle Division
  • Third-party testing: Yes
  • Agency responsible for training examiners:
    Department of Motor Vehicles

Knowledge and Skills Tests Used

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


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

Operator and Vehicle Characteristics

  • Motorcycle operators licensed: 233,112
  • Registered motorcycles: 99,874
  • New motorcycle licenses/endorsements issued in 2001: N/A
  • Operators licensed through rider education in 2001: 5201
  • 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: $5,000–$10,000