Alternate Basic Rider Course (ABRC)
If you have some riding experience and are seeking a Class "M" license, then this class is for you. The Alternate Basic Rider Course (ABRC) provides another option for you to earn your license without having to take the full 17-hour basic course.
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;
- Upshift and downshift smoothly; and
- Achieve a speed of at least 25 mph.
During the initial riding activities, an instructor evaluates your ability to operate a motorcycle. If you cannot demonstrate minimum riding proficiency, you will not be allowed to continue and will need to consider enrolling in the Basic Rider Course. If this happens, you 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 including practice riding and discussing preparing to ride, road management, and advanced riding techniques.
You may elect to use a program training motorcycle, or use your personal motorcycle. Your personal motorcycle must be street legal, legally transported, be in good operating condition, and pass a routine pre-ride check given as a part of the course.
You must provide your own riding gear, including a DOT certified helmet with labeling intact, eye protection, jacket, full-fingered gloves, long pants and sturdy over-the-ankle footwear.
To complete the course, you must pass a knowledge and skill test. You will receive a Maryland Motorcycle Safety Program Completion Card and completion certificate upon successful completion. There is no guarantee that you will pass this course or get your license.
$269 for Frederick County residents
$274 for Maryland residents, residing outside of Frederick County
$279 for non-Maryland residents
Enrollment Requirements (ABRC)
To enroll in the Alternate Basic Rider course (ABRC), you need to know
how to operate a motorcycle. If you cannot demonstrate minimum riding
proficiency, you will not be allowed to continue and will need to
consider enrolling in the Basic Rider Course. If this happens, you will
not be eligible for a refund and may have to pay an additional fee to be
enrolled in the Basic Rider Course
You must come to class wearing protective clothing including eye
protection, long sleeves, long pants, full-fingered gloves
over-the-ankle footwear, and a certified DOT helmet, with labeling
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.
Prior to the start of class, we recommend you review the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s (MSF) ERC Rider Classroom Cards. The information forms the basis for classroom discussions and gives you insight to the riding skills taught and practiced during our 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.
• 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.
• 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)