Reducing Motorcycle Crashes and Injuries

To reduce motorcycle crashes and injuries, there are several programs offered in rider education, licensing improvement, public information and statistics. These programs are designed for both motorcyclists and motorists.

Unfortunately, many riders never learn the critical skills needed to ride safely. That’s why professional training prepares beginning and experienced riders for traffic situations in the real world. Courses teach and improve a variety of skills, including:

  • Hand and foot controls
  • Effective turning
  • Braking maneuvers
  • Protective gear selection
  • Obstacle avoidance
  • Traffic strategies
  • Maintenance

 

Want to Ride? Get the training you need!Whether you’re getting on a motorcycle for the first time or you’ve been riding for years, there’s a motorcycle course for you! How to add a motorcycle endorsement to your driver license.

Follow the step-by-step instructions to enroll in a Basic Rider Course (BRC), 3-wheel or apply for a permit.
NOTE: Anyone under the age of 18 is required to take the Motorcycle Safety Education Program Basic Rider Course before receiving a motorcycle endorsement.

Enroll in Basic Rider Course – no permit required to take rider course

STEP 1 – TAKE BASIC RIDER COURSE

  • Register with an approved motorcycle training provider.
  • Take motorcycle training course.

STEP 2 – GET COURSE COMPLETION DOCUMENTS

  • 100% participation required.
  • Must successfully complete course.
  • Will receive a stamped waiver form and completion card.
    NOTE: You must add a motorcycle endorsement to your license before you begin riding after completing the course.

STEP 3 – GET MOTORCYCLE ENDORSEMENT

  • Must bring course completion documents to a driver testing center and prove your identity by passing 6 point ID requirements.
  • Must apply for a motorcycle permit.
  • Must be at least 17 years old; parent/guardian consent required under age 18.
  • Must pass vision test.
  • Must pay required fee.
    NOTE: After completing a 3-wheel BRC you will get a motorcycle endorsement that carries a restriction for a 3-wheel motorcycle only.

Apply without Basic Rider Course- motorcycle permit required first. Without the Basic Rider course you must be at least age 18 to take the MVC Road Test.

STEP 1- GET A MOTORCYCLE EXAMINATION PERMIT

  • Apply for a motorcycle permit at a local motor vehicle agency.
  • Must be at least 17 years old; parent/guardian consent required under age 18.
  • Must pass MVC’s knowledge and vision tests.
  • Make road test appointment date.
  • Must pay required fee.

STEP 2 – PRACTICE RIDE

  • Must practice ride for at least 20 days.
  • Must observe motorcycle permit riding restrictions.

STEP 3 – TAKE MOTORCYCLE ROAD TEST AT MVC TEST SITE (must be at least 18)

  • Must bring your own motorcycle (registered and insured), helmet and eye protection.

STEP 4 – GET MOTORCYCLE ENDORSEMENT

  • Must pass road test.
  • Must pay required fee.

How to get a motorcycle permit

  • You must be at least 17 years old
  • Complete a motorcycle permit application from an MVC Agency
  • Pass the 6 point ID requirements
  • Pay $5 permit fee. For your convenience, MVC Agencies accept American Express® card, MasterCard® card, Visa® card, checks, money orders and cash
  • Pass the knowledge and vision tests to validate your permit. Study by reading the Driver Manual and Motorcycle Manual [524k pdf]

Practicing with your permit

You must practice with a permit for at least 20 days before being eligible to take the road test. A motorcycle examination permit holder is no longer required to have an accompanying rider.

Motorcycle permit riding restrictions

The holder of a motorcycle examination permit is prohibited from:

  • Operating a motorcycle from one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise
  • Carrying passengers
  • Riding on any state toll road or limited-access highway

Motorcycle Safety Courses

  • Basic Rider (BRC)
  • Basic Rider 2 (BRC2)
  • Street Rider
  • Advanced Rider (ARC)

Check out New Jersey’s certified motorcycle courses taught by some of the country’s top rider coaches. There are more than 15 locations throughout the state.

Read all about the types of motorcycle courses that are available.

You might learn something new… and maybe even save a few bucks on your insurance!