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Effective date of original law:
July 1, 1988

Ultimate Program Responsibility
Tennessee Department of Safety
1150 Foster Avenue
Nashville, TN 37249

Day-to-Day Administration
Tom Guerrant, State Coordinator
Department of Safety
Tennessee Highway Patrol
Motorcycle Rider Education Program
Tennessee Highway Patrol Training Center
275 Stewart’s Ferry Pike
Nashville, TN 37214
Phone: 615-741-3073 x114
Fax: 615-532-3606

Program Administration
Legislative Provisions

  • Source of funding: Motorcycle registration ($2) and license and permit fees ($1)
  • Stipulated use of funds: To administer only expenses of motorcycle rider education program and to reimburse organizations with course sites

Relationship Among Various Programs

  • Currently, the rider education program is working with the licensing agency to upgrade the motorcycle licensing system.

Collection of Rider Training and Licensing Data

  • Agency responsible for collecting rider training data:
    Motorcycle Rider Education Program
  • Agency responsible for collecting licensing data:
    Driver License Issuance Division
  • Data available in electronic format: Yes, training data
  • Link between crash, licensing, and rider education data: None currently, but data will be available with the new crash reporting system.

Rider Education
Training Delivery

  • Months of instruction: March through December
  • Number of instruction sites: 16
  • Types of providers: Universities, community colleges, private contractors, vocational technical schools, high schools, and Rider’s Edge

Operations and Participant Characteristics

  • Courses offered: 396
  • Students enrolled: 4,066
  • No-shows or registration refunds: 0
  • Time until course reaches capacity: N/A
  • Average waiting period to take course: 2 weeks
  • Students on waiting list: 0

Program Funding and Expenditures

  • Annual budget: $158,800
  • Source of Federal funds: None
  • Average cost to State to educate rider: $39.06
  • Course tuition charged to novice rider: $150
  • Course tuition charged to experienced rider: $75
  • Special fees in addition to course fees: Some colleges charge for the insurance.


  • Approved curricula: MRC:RSS,
    BRC, and ERC
  • Advisory committee: Five-member advisory committee with members appointed by the Governor and commissioner. Members serve a
    3-year term.
  • Curricula approved by: Commissioner of Safety with recommendation from advisory committee and State coordinator
  • Process to modify curricula: N/A
  • 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 and Chief Instructors. The Department of Safety prescribes Instructor qualifications.
  • Annual Instructor updates. Chiefs/RiderCoach Trainers, program staff, and State coordinators monitor Instructors 2–3 times a year. Use of Quality Assurance Assessments is provided to the Site Coordinator for corrections.
  • A mentorship requirement exists as directed by the site coordinator.

Profile of Instructors

  • Certified Instructors/RiderCoaches: 139
  • Chief Instructors/RiderCoach Trainers: 6
  • Instructor candidates in 2001: 73
  • Percentage of successful Instructor candidates: 84%
  • Instructor demographics: 86% male, 14% female
  • Reciprocity for Instructors trained in other States: N/A

Quality Control Procedures

  • Quality control measures are in the form of site quality assurance visits and assessment by Chief Instructors and the State coordinator.
  • The State coordinator is responsible for quality control.
  • A minimum of three quality assurance reports are done at each training site; more are done
    if required.

Program Evaluation

  • The program coordinator conducts an annual program evaluation using the quality assurance assessments and personal site evaluations.
  • All the Chief Instructors and the State coordinator individually evaluate each training site. All involved individuals meet to discuss and determine appropriate actions to ensure standards are achieved and maintained.
  • During the annual update with site coordinators, the recommended program improvements are discussed and implemented.

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

  • $6.50 permit issuance fee
  • Successful completion of vision test
  • Successful completion of knowledge test
  • Successful completion of skill test
  • Valid for 1 year
  • One renewal permitted or valid until individual reaches 16.


  • $20.50 license endorsement fee
  • Rider must be 16 with or without the successful completion of a rider education course.
  • Motorcycle license must be renewed every 3–7 years. State is in transition to a 5-year license. Renewals last until the next birthday divisible by 5.

Operator Licensing
Testing and Training Responsibilities

  • Testing agency: Department of Safety
  • Third-party testing: Yes
  • Agency responsible for training examiners: Currently the Director of License Issuance. The Motorcycle Rider Education Program is preparing to assume this responsibility.

Knowledge and Skills Tests Used

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


  • 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: 214,473
  • Registered motorcycles: 81,746
  • New motorcycle licenses/endorsements issued in
  • Operators licensed through rider education in 2001: 3624
  • Operators licensed without rider education: N/A
  • Operators without license or proper endorsement: 64,342

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: None