Basic Rider I

This 17-hour course is designed for the true beginning rider who has little or no riding experience. It includes classroom and riding instruction on the basic riding skills and strategies necessary for you to begin to practice street riding.

During the seven hours of classroom time, we discuss responsible riding, selecting proper riding gear and basic riding skills, defensive riding strategies, and riding in a variety of situations. In addition to classroom training, we provide approximately 10 hours of riding on a training motorcycle practicing clutch-throttle control, stopping, turning, shifting and basic crash avoidance skills. Instructors evaluate and coach your performance throughout the course. If you do not achieve the minimum performance standards, you will not be allowed to continue in the course. .

To complete the course, you must pass a knowledge and skill test. You will receive a Maryland Motorcycle Safety Program Completion Card upon successful completion. There is no guarantee that you will pass this course or get your license.

Enrollment Requirements
Typical Class Agenda
Course Materials
Course Completion Requirements & Getting Your License
General Information
Motorcycle Course Schedule

$289 for Frederick County residents
$294 for Maryland residents residing outside of Frederick County
$299 for non-Maryland residents

Enrollment Requirements

If you possess a valid driver's license, Class "M" (motorcycle) learner's permit, or are eligible for a learner's permit and are able to ride a bicycle, you may enroll in the basic course. Parents or guardians of individuals under the age of 18 enrolling in the course must sign a consent/release form.

You must wear protective clothing (eye protection, long sleeves, long pants, full-fingered gloves and over-the-ankle footwear) during the riding portion. If you do not have a certified DOT helmet, with labeling intact, we will loan you a helmet as well as gloves and eyewear.

Payment for the course needs to be received at the time of registration to be officially enrolled. You may attempt to enroll in a course, as a stand-by student, by reporting to the center on the first day of the course and, if selected, paying the fee by check or money order.

Course Agenda

Schedule for a typical BRC course
Wednesday and Thursday 5:30 pm to 9 pm – classroom training
Saturday 7:30 am to 12:30 pm - on the range riding
Sunday 7:30 am to 2:30 pm – on the range riding followed by classroom training

This is the standard class. There are other class formats and times. Please check the dates and times on your receipt. No one will be accepted into the class if they are late.

Brief course synopsis for BRC course
First night
Classroom instruction on motorcycle basics

Second night
Classroom instruction on more advanced techniques of riding

First range day
Practice basic motorcycle operations including starting, stopping, turning and shifting

Second range day
Learn more advanced skills including stopping, turning, leaning and swerving. Complete a skills evaluation on the motorcycle, written evaluation in the classroom, and wrap-up the entire course.

Course Materials

We provide you with the student Rider Handbook at the first class. You can view the handbook before class by visiting the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF).

Please read it and answer the study questions found on pages 51 through 54 prior to class. These questions form the basis for the classroom discussions and give you insight on the riding skills taught and practiced during the range training sessions.

Course Completion Requirements & Getting Your License

Upon successful completion you will receive a Maryland Motorcycle Safety Program Completion Card and completion certificate. To successfully complete the course, you must:

• Participate in all course sessions
• Pass a written knowledge test
• Pass a riding skills test

After successfully completing the Basic Rider course or Alternate Basic Rider course, you are eligible to receive your Class M license.

General Information

• A motorcycle learner's permit is not required to participate.
• Training motorcycles are provided. Personal motorcycles may not be used.
• Some insurance companies offer discounts on motorcycle premiums to course graduates.
• Course participants get approximately 17 hours of training: 7 hours in the classroom and 10 hours on the cycle.
• The curriculum is approved by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration and meets or exceeds the standards set by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.
• Courses are conducted rain or shine.
Lateness policy
• If things do not go as planned, there are opportunities to:

Reschedule the motorcycle rider course
Request a refund
Retake the motorcycle rider course test(s)

Related Information

Download the Brochure

Motor Vehicle Administration

Motorcycle Course Schedule to find motorcycle courses, change the term to "CE" and the subject to "Driver Education." You can then scroll through the list to find out about upcoming classes and check to see if they are full.

Request more information

Contact Information

Troy Moore
Phone: 301.846.2423
Fax: 301.624.2749