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West Virginia

Effective date of original law: July 1, 1992

Ultimate Program Responsibility
Department of Motor Vehicles
Building 5
1900 Kanawha Boulevard E.
Charleston, WV 25305

Day-to-Day Administration
Walter L. Snyder
West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles
1800 Kanawha Boulevard E.
Charleston, WV 25317
Phone: 304-558-1041
Fax: 304-558-0734

Program Administration
Legislative Provisions

  • Source of funding: Motorcycle registration ($2), motorcycle-only license ($10), and motorcycle endorsement ($1 per year)
  • Stipulated use of funds: To defray the cost of administering and implementing the motorcycle safety education program and the motorcycle licensing program

Relationship Among Various Programs

  • N/A

Collection of Rider Training and Licensing Data

  • Agency responsible for collecting rider training data:
  • Agency responsible for collecting licensing data:
  • Data available in electronic format: N/A
  • Link between crash, licensing, and rider education data: N/A

Rider Education
Training Delivery

  • Months of instruction: N/A
  • Number of instruction sites: N/A
  • Types of providers: N/A

Operations and Participant Characteristics

  • Courses offered: N/A
  • Students enrolled: N/A
  • 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: $141,000
  • Source of Federal funds: N/A
  • Average cost to State to educate rider: N/A
  • Course tuition charged to novice rider: $50
  • Course tuition charged to experienced rider: $65
  • Special fees in addition to course fees: N/A


  • Approved curricula: MRC:RSS
    and ERC
  • Advisory committee: N/A
  • Curricula approved by:
    Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Process to modify curricula: N/A
  • Data collected for modifications: N/A
  • Validation process for modifications: N/A

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Instructor Selection, Training, and Evaluation

  • Program includes Instructor training courses. The Department of Motor Vehicles establishes
    Instructor standards.

Profile of Instructors

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

Quality Control Procedures

  • N/A

Program Evaluation

  • Program coordinator conducts annual evaluation.

Licensing Requirements

  • $5 issuance fee
  • Successful completion of
    eye exam
  • Successful completion of knowledge exam
  • Successful completion of
    skill exam
  • Valid for 90 days


  • $5 endorsement fee
  • Rider must be 16 with or without successful completion of a rider education program.
  • Motorcycle endorsement must be renewed every 4 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: State Police
  • Third-party testing: Yes
  • Agency responsible for training examiners: N/A

Knowledge and Skills Tests Used

  • Primary knowledge test used: MSF
  • Skills test used: 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: 76,709
  • Registered motorcycles: 25,705
  • 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: None

Public Information and Education

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