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Effective date of original law:
July 1, 1993

Ultimate Program Responsibility
Department of Public Safety
4501 South 2700 W.
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-1775
Phone: 801-965-4461
Toll Free: 800-222-0038

Day-to-Day Administration
Albert F. Thornton, Motorcycle Education Coordinator
Driver License Division
Department of Public Safety
Phone: 801-964-4493
Fax: 801-957-8502

Program Administration
Legislative Provisions

  • Source of funding: Motorcycle registration ($5) and motorcycle learner’s permit, license, renewal, or extension ($2.50)
  • Stipulated use of funds: To fund the motorcycle rider education program, including administration, novice and experienced training courses, and Instructor training; payments to course providers based on available funds

Relationship Among Various Programs

  • The Driver License Division is responsible for the daily conduct of the Motorcycle Rider Training Program.
  • All training and related actions are closely coordinated with the Driver License Division prior to initiation.

Collection of Rider Training and Licensing Data

  • Agency responsible for collecting rider training data:
    Driver License Division
  • Agency responsible for collecting licensing data:
    Driver License Division
  • Data available in electronic format: None
  • Link between crash, licensing, and rider education data: None

Rider Education
Training Delivery

  • Months of instruction: March through November
  • Number of instruction sites: 11
  • Types of providers: Military, universities, community colleges, private contractors, and mobile training sites

Operations and Participant Characteristics

  • Courses offered: 195
  • Students enrolled: 1621
  • No-shows or registration refunds: N/A
  • Time until course reaches capacity: 2 weeks
  • Average waiting period to take course: 1–2 weeks
  • Students on waiting list: N/A

Program Funding and Expenditures

  • Annual budget: $204,000
  • Source of Federal funds: None
  • Average cost to State to educate rider: $125.85
  • Course tuition charged to novice rider: $100
  • Course tuition charged to experienced rider: $45
  • Special fees in addition to course fees: None


  • Approved curricula: MRC:RSS
    and ERC
  • Advisory committee: Five-member State advisory committee with members appointed by the Governor to 4-year terms.
  • Curricula approved by:
    Driver License Division
  • Process to modify curricula:
    Chief Instructor and the Driver License Division propose changes, the Driver License Division reviews the proposed changes, and, if they concur, the changes are forwarded to MSF for approval.
  • Data collected for modifications: Chief Instructors and the Driver License Division collect the data.
  • Description of validation of modifications: None

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Instructor Selection, Training, and Evaluation

  • State certification or approval is required for Instructors and Chief Instructors. Instructors must have current certification from the MSF or another national certifying body.
  • Program is to include Instructor training. Prescribed Instructor training and approval standards must meet or exceed the MSF’s.
  • There is no probation or internship requirement for Instructors.
  • State offers Instructor Preparation Course (IPC).
  • Annual updates are required for Instructors. Instructors are monitored annually by chiefs and State coordinators.

Profile of Instructors

  • Certified Instructors/RiderCoaches: 47
  • Chief Instructors/RiderCoach Trainers: 2
  • Instructor candidates in 2001: 18
  • Percentage of successful Instructor candidates: 67%
  • Instructor demographics: 94% male, 6% female
  • Reciprocity for Instructors trained in other States: Yes

Quality Control Procedures

  • Quality control measures are in the form of site visits/observation by Chief Instructors and the Driver License Division.
  • The Driver License Division is responsible for quality control.
  • Quality control is implemented annually with specific and random spot checks.

Program Evaluation

  • Program conducts regular evaluations.
  • Self-evaluation of all aspects of the program and comparison with other programs is an
    ongoing effort.
  • The program incorporates those aspects that will enhance the program.

Licensing Requirements

  • $7.50 issuance fee
  • Successful completion of
    eye exam
  • Successful completion of knowledge exam
  • Valid for 6 months
  • Three renewals permitted


  • $22.50 motorcycle-only license
    (over 21)
  • $27.50 motorcycle-only license
    (under 21)
  • Rider must be 16 with or without successful completion of a rider education program.
  • Motorcycle endorsement must be renewed every 5 years

Operator Licensing
Testing and Training Responsibilities

  • Testing agency: Driver License Division
  • Third-party testing: None
  • Agency responsible for training examiners:
    Driver License Division

Knowledge and Skills Tests Used

  • Primary knowledge test used: Local
  • Primary skills test used: Alternate MOST
  • Secondary 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: 103,236
  • Registered motorcycles: 28,116
  • New motorcycle licenses/endorsements issued in 2001: N/A
  • Operators licensed through rider education in 2001: 1,005
  • Operators licensed without rider education: 18,937
  • 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: None