Alternate Basic Rider Course (ABRC)

Designed for riders with some basic riding experience seeking a Class “M” Motorcycle license, this 7-hour course is an option to the full 17-hour safety course.


Motorcycle Course Schedule

motorcycle class schedule

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Alternate Basic Rider Course (ABRC) Fees

$269 – Frederick County Residents
$274 – Maryland Residents outside of Frederick County
$279 – Non-Maryland Residents


Enrollment Requirements

A motorcycle learner’s permit in not required for participation.

Course payment must be received at the time of registration. Participants may report to FCC as a stand-by student on the first day of the course and, if selected, enroll by completing the registration form and paying the course fee in full.


To participate in this course, riders must be able 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
  • Achieve a speed of 25mph

During the initial rider activities, each rider’s ability to operate a motorcycle will be evaluated by the instructors. Riders unable to demonstrate minimum riding proficiency will not be permitted to continue and will not receive a refund. These riders may be candidates for the Basic Rider Course (an additional fee may be required for enrollment.)


Required Gear

Protective clothing (eye protection, suitable jacket, long sleeves, long pants, full-fingered gloves and over-the-ankle footwear) and a properly-fitted DOT-certified helmet (in good condition, with labeling intact) is required during the riding portion. If you do not have a helmet, gloves or eyewear, FCC may loan these items to you for the duration of the course.



Training motorcycles are provided to students as personal motorcycles are not permitted for use during this course.


Course Materials

Participants are encourage to review the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Basic Experienced Rider Course Classroom Cards prior to the start of the course. The information will form the basis for classroom discussions and serve as insight on riding instruction provided during the range training lessons.


Course Completion

To successfully complete the course, students are required to:

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

Upon successful completion, you will receive a Maryland Motorcycle Safety Program Completion Card and completion certificate. You are also eligible to receive a Class “M” Motorcycle license. Learn more about obtaining your motorcycle license at Please note: Students are not guaranteed to complete the course, pass the test or obtain a license.

General Information

  • A motorcycle learner’s permit in not required for participation.
  • Course curriculum, approved by the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA), meets or exceeds the standards set by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.
  • All learning activities are conducted at the riding range, including discussions preparing to ride, practice riding, road management and advanced riding techniques
  • There is no guarantee that participants will pass the course and/or earn a Class M Motorcycle License.
  • Select insurance companies offer motorcycle premium discounts to class graduates.
  • The Late Policy indicates students arriving late to class will not be permitted to participate in class activities.
  • Instruction is provided rain or shine.