Alternate Basic Rider Course – Motor Vehicle Administration Approved
This seven-hour course provides another option for an individual to earn their license without having to take the full 17- 24 hour basic course. It is only for individuals that have some riding experience and are seeking a Class "M" license.
Instruction is provided by Motor Vehicle Administration and Motorcycle Safety Foundation certified instructors. The pre-requisites for this course include the ability to:
- Use the clutch and throttle to get the motorcycle in motion;
- Stop the motorcycle properly in a designated area;
- Execute gradual and tight turns;
- Up and downshift smoothly; and
- Achieve a speed of at least 25 mph.
During the initial riding activities, each rider's ability to operate a motorcycle will be evaluated by the instructors. Riders who cannot demonstrate minimum riding proficiency will not be allowed to continue and will need to consider enrolling in the Basic Rider Course. Riders who are not allowed to continue will not be eligible for a refund and may have to pay an additional fee to be enrolled in a Basic Rider Course.
All learning activities are conducted at the riding range. There is no formal classroom, however various topics including preparing to ride, road management and advanced riding techniques are discussed during the course.
Riders can elect to use a program training motorcycle, or they may use their personal motorcycle if it is street legal and they transport it to the training site legally. Personal motorcycles must be in good operating condition and pass a routine pre-ride check given as a part of the course. Riders are to provide their own riding gear, which includes a DOT certified helmet, eye protection, jacket, full-fingered gloves, long pants and sturdy over-the-ankle footwear. To complete the course riders must pass a knowledge and skill test administered at the end of the course. Riders who pass will receive a Maryland Motorcycle Safety Program Completion Card which may qualify you for discounts on insurance. There is no guarantee that an individual enrolling in this course will pass, or get their license.
Upon successful completion of the course and meeting MVA standards, you will receive your Maryland Motorcycle Safety Program Rider Course Completion Certificate for your Class 'M' license. This certificate can be presented at any MVA full-service office for a Class "M" license. Unless the individual has a valid learner's permit the appropriate fee must be paid.
Individuals with an out-of-state license will not be issued a completion certificate. Out-of-state participants should check with the department of motor vehicles in their home state to find out if they will issue a motorcycle license for a course completed in Maryland.