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Motorcycle Rider Education Program

The Motorcycle Rider Education Program was established in 1992 to help new riders learn the needed skills on the roadways to be safe, as well as veteran riders to hone and improve their skills. The program is paid for in part by a portion of all motorcycle license and registration fees to help subsidize the costs of providing the classes.

The program is administered though the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet and overseen by the Motorcycle Safety Education Commission.

Program Basics

  • You must take the written test at the local circuit clerk's office to get your instruction permit even when completing the course.
  • You can take the written test either before or after completing the course.
  • Motorcycle instruction permits are good for one year and can only be renewed once. After that, one of the skills waiver courses are required to obtain your full endorsement.
  • Instruction permit holders are not allowed to carry passengers and MUST wear a helmet on the roadways.
  • All riders and passengers under the age of 21 MUST wear a helmet on the roadways.
  • To become an instructor, see the site provider nearest you.

Course Descriptions

BRC (Basic Rider Course)
The best place to start once you've made the decision to ride. Covers the basics of operating a motorcycle and safety-oriented mental strategies. Motorcycles and helmets are provided for your use. The course consists of five hours of formal classroom activities and ten hours of riding instruction conducted over two or three sessions, plus skill tests. The course may also earn you an insurance discount.

BRC2 (Basic Rider Course 2)
For riders who already have basic skills. Similar to the BRC except speeds are higher, and you should be on your own motorcycle. An excellent refresher course for practicing and renewing riding skills. Includes an informal classroom component for discussing safety concepts based on past riding experiences and current knowledge.

RRBRC (Basic Rider Course Returning Rider)
This program combines elements of BRC and BRC2 and includes knowledge and skill tests. It is designed for riders who already possess basic skills but have not ridden for several years. Even if you were a good rider back in the day, traffic patterns have changed, and motorcycles have evolved. For example, technology has provided better handling, less weight, and more power within each engine displacement category. Motorcycles and helmets are provided for your use.

BRC3W (Basic Rider Course 3 Wheel)
The best place to start once you've made the decision to ride a three-wheel motorcycle, whether the two wheels are in the back or the front. The course consists of four hours of classroom activities and eight hours of on-cycle riding exercises, plus knowledge and skill tests. The course may also earn you an insurance discount. You must bring your own three-wheel motorcycle.

DBS (Dirt Bike School)
Covers basic operating skills and principles for negotiating the varying terrain involved in off-highway riding. Motorcycles and helmets are provided for you use. Many street riders begin as dirt riders since the physical operating skills are similar, but the dirt environment is more forgiving than the street. This course is conducted entirely outdoors in an off-highway area. It is not a license waiver course.

Total Control ARC
No matter what you ride - or where you ride - riding skills are more important than ever for safe, fun motorcycling. Unfortunately for experienced riders, there is a large gap between basic riding courses and the many racetrack schools around the country. Many riders are interested in improving their skills but are unwilling to take on the additional risks associated with a high-speed environment. If you fit into the "I'm interested, but..." group, you're not alone. In fact, if you add up all the attendees of all the race schools together, they only represent a tiny percentage of street riders. This is not to say they are not good school. To the contrary, they have much to offer. But they are not for everyone. Fortunately, Lee Parks' Total Control Advanced Riding Clinic - Total Control Arc - has a solution for those experienced riders "caught in the middle", as well as those track-day junkies and racers who want to be able to further enhance their skills in a controlled environment with expert instruction.

Instructor Training Courses
Currently the courses being taught in the state are for the MSF and Total Control curriculums. more information on each of these can be found at www.msf-usa.org and https://www.totalcontroltraining.net. With Kentucky being bordered by 7 states, the Commission has also approved the Motorcycle Ohio Riding Experience (MORE) curriculum as well, which is used in both Ohio and Indiana. Other neighbor states typically use MSF or Total Control as well.

If you would like to become an instructor in Kentucky, then please fill out this application and submit it along with a copy of your driving record for the last 5 years. For Kentucky residents the KYDOT calls it a clearance letter on their website and is only $3. Click here for the application.

Please return both of these items to the program administrator to begin the approval process of your application. We strongly suggest job shadowing a few classes prior to going through the training classes. So if you have the chance to accompany an existing coach(es) during a weekend, please take advantage of that. It helps to give you the behind the scenes look at things and you can be sure this is something you wish to pursue. you can find the list of current site providers here on this same web page. Please contact one in your area if possible and arrange a time to do some job shadowing. For those interested who are military, then contacting your base safety officer is typically the best option for this.

Skills Waiver Classes
The courses that will currently provide a skills waiver per KRS 15A.352 include:

  • MSF - Basic Riding Course (BRC), Basic Riding Course 2 (BRC2)
  • Returning Rider Basic Riding Course (RRBRC)
  • Three Wheel Basic Riding Course (3WBRC)
  • Total Control - Beginner Riding Clinic
  • Intermediate Riding Clinic and Three Wheel Riding Clinic
  • Motorcycle Ohio (MORE) - Basic Rider Skills
  • The Basic Rider Skills for Returning Riders
  • The Basic Rider Skills - 2
  • Courses approved for a skills waiver by another state if not listed above.


  • BRC - Helps to prepare for the written permit test.
  • Attain a skills waiver for motorcycle endorsement when taking the BRC, BRC2 or RRBRC.
  • Free for students under 18 (must have a guardian signature)
  • Insurance discounts (see your insurance agent for details)
  • Ride with confidence by learning from professionally-trained instructors.

What you need

For the BRC and RRBRC, motorcycles and helmets are provided for your use. Students taking the BRC2, ARC and BRC3W must bring their motorcycle, license, registration and proof of insurance. You should arrive at all classes with the following items:

  • DOT-approved helmet (loaners available)
  • Protective eyewear
  • Jacket or long-sleeved shirt
  • Long pants with no holes, rips or tears
  • Sturdy over-the-ankle footwear (must cover the ankle bone)
  • Full-fingered gloves
  • Rain gear - optional (see local weather forecast)


Site Providers (contact the closes site to schedule a class)

Balance Dynamics Motorcycle Training Center
142 Mullen Drive
Walton, KY 41094
(859) 485-2925
Attn: Bill or Dinah Meister
Visit our website of look for us on Facebook
Email: Bill Meister or Dinah Meister
Classes offered: BRC, BRC2, RRBRC, Total Control ARC

Bluegrass Harley Davidson
11701 Gateworth Way
Louisville, KY 40299
(502) 631-0517
Attn: Tim Jenne
Visit our website or look for us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram
Email Us
Classes Offered: BRC, BRC2

Harley Davidson Bowling Green
251 Cumberland Trace Rd.
Bowling Green, KY 42103
(270) 846-4488
Attn: Randy Deere
Visit our website
Email Us
Classes Offered: BRC, BRC2 - 3 wheelers welcome

Kentuckiana Motorsports
Derby City Motorcycle Rider's Training School
4157 Park Blvd
Louisville, KY 40209
(502) 631-9107
Attn: Travis Cochran
Visit our website
Email Us
Classes Offered: BRC, BRC2, 3WBRC, RRBRC

Kentucky Driving School
3715 Bardstown Road, Suite 410
Louisville, KY 40218
(502) 456-5266 or 451-7230
Training Site Location: 4809 Poplar Level Rd.
Visit our website
Classes Offered: BRC, BRC2

Man-O-War Harley Davidson
2073 Bryant Road
Lexington, KY 40509
(859) 253-2461
Attn: Julie Evans
Visit our website or look for us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Vimeo, YouTube and Instagram
Email Us
Classes Offered BRC, BRC2

Sync Training
750 Sutton Memorial Drive
Leburn, KY 41831
(606) 233-0080
Attn: Tim Cody
Email Us
Classes Offered: BRC, BRC2, RRBRC, Dirt Bike School, ATC and UTV Training

Wildcat Harley Davidson
575 E. Hal Rogers Parkway
London, KY 40741
(606) 852-5656
Visit our website or look for us on Facebook and Google+
Email Us
Classes Offered: BRC, BRC2, and coming soon ARC, 3WBRC

Commission Meetings

Meetings are held the second Monday of the third month of each quarter, unless otherwise noted.

Meetings begin at 10am at the
Kentucky State Police Academy
380 Coffee Tree Rd.
Frankfort, KY 40601

Commission Members

Steve Hanlon
KY Motorcycle Association Representative
Term Expires: 6/30/2019
Email: Steve@Steve-Hanlon.com
412 6th Street
Corrollton, KY 41008
(502) 648-9830

Vice Chairman
Bob Heckel
Representing instructors in the motorcycle safety education program
Term Expires: 6/30/2020
Email: bheckel63@gmail.com
8562 Cranbrook Way
Florence, KY 41042
(859) 393-2585

Joe Altobellis
KY Motorcycle Association Representative
Term Expires: 6/30/2020
Email: jaltobellis@bblouisville.com
418 Blankebaker Lane
Louisville, KY 40207
(502) 386-8176

Glenda D. Hobbic
Representing the Speaker of the House
Term Expires: 6/30/2020
Email: hobbic@aol.com
5506 Gaskin Court
Louisville, KY 40229
(502) 609-0309

Matt Cole
KYTC Division of Drivers' Licensing Representative
Term Expires: 6/30/2019
Email: Matthew.Cole@ky.gov
200 Mero Street
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-1257

Jeanie Petty
President of the Senate's Representative
Term Expires: 6/30/2019
Email: jeanie6pac@gmail.com
1159 Independence Road
Walton, KY 41094
(859) 957-7159

Captain Marshall Bernard Johnson
Kentucky State Police Representative
Term Expires: 6/30/2022
Email: Marshall.Johnson@ky.gov
553 Hopewell Park
Lexington, KY 40511
(502) 782-2016

Jay Huber
Program Administrator for the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet
Email: Jay.Huber@ky.gov
125 Holmes Street
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-1568

Related Documents

Commission Minutes

Commission By-laws

Commission Statute

Program Guidelines

Annual Reports