band of color


Effective date of original law: October 15, 1983

Ultimate Program Responsibility
Oregon Department of Transportation Transportation Safety Division
235 Union Street, NE
Salem, OR 97301-1054
Phone: 503-986-4198
Fax: 503-986-4341
Web site:

Day-to-Day Administration
Steve B. Garets, Director
TEAM OREGON Motorcycle
Safety Program
216 Strand/Ag Hall
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-2216
Phone: 541-737-2459
Fax: 541-737-4300
Web site:

Program Administration
Legislative Provisions

  • Source of funding: Motorcycle license endorsement or renewal ($28 for 8 years)
  • Stipulated use of funds: To carry out the purposes of the motorcycle safety program, as prescribed

Relationship Among Various Programs

  • At the invitation of the Department of Motor Vehicles, TEAM OREGON provides examiner-training services and demonstration riders for other Department of Motor Vehicles training events. The Department of Motor Vehicles posts TEAM OREGON literature in all field offices.

Collection of Rider Training and Licensing Data

  • Agency responsible for collecting rider training data:
  • Agency responsible for collecting licensing data:
    Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Data available in electronic format: Yes
  • Link between crash, licensing, and rider education data: None

Rider Education
Training Delivery

  • Months of instruction: January through December
  • Number of instruction sites: 19
  • Types of providers: Universities, community colleges, high schools, and business and governmental units

Operations and Participant Characteristics

  • Courses offered: 285
  • Students enrolled: 5,044
  • No-shows or registration refunds: 129 refunds, 837 no-shows
  • Time until course reaches capacity: Depends on site/region—3 weeks to several months
  • Average waiting period to take course: 20 days
  • Students on waiting list: N/A

Program Funding and Expenditures

  • Annual budget: $676,000
  • Source of Federal funds: None
  • Average cost to State to educate rider: $134.02
  • Course tuition charged to novice rider: $95
  • Course tuition charged to experienced rider: $65
  • Special fees in addition to course fees: N/A


  • Approved curricula: MRC:RSS,
    IRC, and ERC
  • Advisory committee: Members are appointed by the Governor and serve on the committee for 4 years.
  • Curricula approved by: Transportation Safety Division,
    Oregon Department of Transportation
  • Process to modify curricula:
    Process involves an application regarding the possible curricula change to the Transportation Safety Division. A review and research process follows to determine if the curricula will be modified.
  • Data collected for modifications: Data are collected by TEAM OREGON and the Transportation Safety Division.
  • Validation process for modifications: A Transportation Safety Division approval letter is required to validate modifications.

pie chart
pie chart
pie chart
comparison graph

Instructor Selection, Training, and Evaluation

  • State certification or approval is required for Instructors and Chief Instructors.
  • Instructor recruits are interviewed by TEAM OREGON and skill tested.
  • Newly trained Instructors or Chief Instructors complete an internship of two to six classes under guidance and supervision of a Mentor Instructor or trainer.
  • Instructor recruits complete a two-course (minimum) audit process. Completed audit assignments are reviewed by TEAM OREGON.
  • State offers Instructor Preparation Course (IPC).
  • Instructors must attend an Instructor update at least once every other year.
  • Instructors are audited formally and informally (ongoing).

Profile of Instructors

  • Certified Instructors/RiderCoaches: 130
  • Chief Instructors/RiderCoach Trainers: 8
  • Instructor candidates in 2001: 37
  • Percentage of successful Instructor candidates: 84%
  • Instructor demographics: 89% male, 11% female
  • Reciprocity for Instructors trained in other States: Yes

Quality Control Procedures

  • TEAM OREGON employs both formal (e.g., trainer programs and technical assistance programs) and informal (e.g., peer review/coaching and information sharing) quality control measures. A full list of the measures is posted online at the TEAM OREGON Instructor Web site in the Policies and
    Procedures Manual.
  • TEAM OREGON is responsible for quality control, which occurs during every class.

Program Evaluation

  • Program evaluation includes the following:
    1. A review and a staff debriefing after each class
    2. A review of the program as a whole
  • Program conducts Site Compliance Audits (SCA) at all sponsors at least once a year, and the findings are submitted to the Transportation Safety Division, Department of Transportation.
  • TEAM OREGON prepares an annual plan and submits it to the Department of Transportation for approval and funding. TEAM OREGON also prepares an annual report on successes and performance measure outcomes of the year.

Licensing Requirements

  • $13 permit issuance fee
  • Successful completion of
    vision test
  • Successful completion of knowledge test
  • Valid for 1 year
  • Permit is not renewable, but rider may apply for new 1-year permit.


  • $37 or $74 fee
  • Rider must be 16 with successful completion of a rider education course. Rider must be 21 if course is not completed.
  • Motorcycle license must be renewed every 4 or 8 years.

Operator Licensing
Testing and Training Responsibilities

  • Testing agency: Driver and Motor Vehicle Service
  • Third-party testing: Yes
  • Agency responsible for training examiners:
    Department of Motor Vehicles. Upon request,
    TEAM OREGON trains Examiner trainers.

Knowledge and Skills Tests Used

  • Primary knowledge test used: MSF
  • Skills test used: Alternate MOST


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

Operator and Vehicle Characteristics

  • Motorcycle operators licensed: 164,898
  • Registered motorcycles: 70,873
  • New motorcycle licenses/endorsements issued in 2001: 3,112
  • Operators licensed through rider education in 2001: 8,077
  • Operators licensed without rider education: 4,679
  • Operators without license or proper endorsement: 353 citations issued by law
    enforcement Statewide

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: $20,000–$60,000