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Public Safety:  Motorcycle Safety Training


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Exam stations and road and written testing dates/times are available from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver Vehicle Service.

Pre-registration is required for courses.
Class materials need to be mailed at least one week prior to training.


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Motorcyle Safety Training

Course Descriptions

Basic Rider Course (BRC)
The Basic RiderCourse is designed with the beginner in mind, but is a challenge even to experienced riders.  Our curriculum and materials are supplied by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF), and our instructors are MSF-certified. The course includes both classroom and on-cycle instruction, with high-quality, personalized coaching and several hours of practice riding. We also provide the motorcycles, free of charge.

Riders 18 and over can earn their motorcycle license by successfully completing the course.

Basic Rider Course Eligibility Requirements:

  • Your spot is not guaranteed until payment is received.

  • Participants must have a valid driver’s license or driver’s permit and be at least 15 years of age.

  • Participants must furnish their own protective clothing:  eye protection, long sleeves, long pants, full-fingered gloves, over-the-ankle footwear, and DOT-approved helmet.

  • Participants must be able to balance and ride a bicycle.

  • To successfully complete the course, 100 percent attendance is required.

  • Participants 18 years of age or older may take advantage of the State Skill Test Waiver and receive their motorcycle endorsement. To qualify for the skill test waiver, you must have your permit in your possession when taking the Basic Rider Course skill test. Expired permits are accepted if they have been expired for less than one year.

Note: All Basic Rider courses run from Friday 5:00 - 9:30 p.m., then Saturday & Sunday either from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (morning session) or 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. (afternoon session).

Intermediate Rider Course
If you’re comfortable on your own motorcycle and ready to try something new, the Intermediate Rider Course is just for you. Based on findings from motorcycle crash research, the classroom discussion covers perception and hazard awareness, riding strategy, traction, and risk management. Braking, cornering, and swerving techniques are practiced during the on-cycle exercises. We recommend that you have at least one year or 1000 miles riding experience before enrolling in this course.

Motorized Bicycle (Moped) Course
This 4½ hour course includes moped rules and regulations, defensive riding techniques, protective clothing, and alcohol information. Any 15 year-old who wants to ride a moped on the street must complete this course to obtain a moped instruction permit. Anyone 16 or older with a valid driver’s license may legally ride a moped on-street. Students 14 years old are eligible to take this course, but must wait until they turn 15 years old to apply for the moped permit.

Road Guard Certificate: Fee: $30
The Motorcycle Road Guard Certificate training program will train participants how to legally stop and control traffic for motorcycle group rides. Certified road guards will be able to stop traffic to allow group rides to pass through intersections and give traffic the “all clear” when it’s safe to proceed. Classes are held from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. monthly.

In order to participate in this training, fill out an application for the Motorcycle Road Guard Certificate and send to Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS). You can find the application on this page.  The application must be completed, submitted and received three weeks before your training. The application allows DVS to review applicants’ driving records. Applicants will receive a response letter from DVS telling them if they are approved or not approved to attend training. Applicants must bring the letter to the training in order to participate.

You must also register for the training with Minnesota West, by calling 507-537-7530.  You may request an invoice be sent to you or give credit card information by phone.  The training fee must be paid in advance in order to participate in the class.

Upcoming Road Guard training dates at Minnesota West:

Sunday, April 17, 2016  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   Location: MERIT Center, Marshall
Sunday June 19, 2016  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   Location: MERIT Center, Marshall
Sunday, July 24, 2016  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   Location: MERIT Center, Marshall
Sunday, August 21, 2016  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   Location: MERIT Center, Marshall

Please call 507-537-7530 if you wish to register for this training.  A minimum number of students will be required in order for the class to be held.

Barb Hubley, Support Staff