Basic Rider Course
Phase 1: Motorcycle familiarization, clutch control, throttle control, riding posture, and the four basic skills of straight-line riding, turning, shifting, and stopping.
Phase 2: Limited-space maneuvers, counter-steering, cornering, and swerving.
- Ability to ride a bicycle
- Valid driver’s license or motor vehicle instruction permit
- Furnish your own protective clothing & DOT-approved helmet
- Do I need a permit to take the Basic Rider Course?
- If you are a Minnesota resident and intend to earn a motorcycle endorsement through the Basic Rider Course, you will need a valid motorcycle permit. If you do not want to earn a motorcycle endorsement, then you only need a driver’s license or driver’s permit to take part in the Basic Rider Course. Wisconsin and North Dakota residents do not need a permit to take the Basic Rider Course for endorsement.
Intermediate Rider Course
- Participants ride their own motorcycle during the course.
- Motorcycles must be street legal, licensed, insured and pass a basic inspection.
- Riders must show proof of insurance to the instructor .
- Riders must have a valid driver’s license with either a motorcycle endorsement or a valid motorcycle permit.
- Riders must be proficient in the basic skills of clutch control, straight-line riding, turning, shifting and stopping.
- Participants under 18 must have their parents sign a waiver form prior to on-cycle instruction.
- Riders must be comfortable on their own motorcycle.
Moped Rider Course
Road Guard Training
- Fill out the Motorcycle Road Guard Certificate application
- Mail application to Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS)
*NOTE: the application must be received three weeks before your training
- Based on the applicant’s driving records, DVS will respond with a letter of approval or denial of training
- Applicants must bring the DVS approval letter