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FAQs

Registrations and Payments for all classes

How do I register and pay?

We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover cards.  All classes require pre-payment.
Payment for tests or classes as a walk-in (not previously scheduled) during non-office hours at our Totem Lake location, or any time at other locations, must be exact change.

Students can register online on the class page or by phone using a credit/debit card. Students may also mail in a cashier’s check or money order. However, we do not register a student until payment is received.

Returned Check Policy

Returned checks–whether non-sufficient funds checks or stopped payment checks–will incur a service charge of $35.00.

Payment with a non-sufficient funds check or stopping payment on a check does not cancel registration. Payment in full is required to receive final paperwork or related certifications.

Basic Rider Course (BRC)

Who should take the Basic Rider Course?

The Basic Rider Course is designed for the beginner rider. Exercises progress from basic to experienced riding skills.

How long is the class?

Classes are 16 hours, split between classroom and range (riding) time. Classroom instruction focuses on minimizing risk, proper riding gear, and best street strategies, and these techniques are put into practice on the range. A course handbook is available for review from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.

Where are the courses located?

Classroom sessions are offered in West Seattle, Renton, Totem Lake, and SeaTac, with range riding sessions in West Seattle, Renton, Kirkland, Totem Lake and Kent.  We try to make the most of daylight in scheduling Evergreen Safety Council training classes.

What is the course fee?

Subsidized Classes
Washington State DOL subsidizes a certain number of training classes for Washington State residents (determined by driver’s license), so the full cost of the course is not borne by the student. Because these courses are less expensive they tend to fill first.

  • With a Washington State driver’s license (or active duty military): $125
  • Out-of-state driver’s license: $260
  • Washington resident under 18: $50

Non-Subsidized Classes
The state does not pay for or subsidize a portion of the cost for these courses, therefore the student pays the full cost of the class. These classes tend to have better availability.

  • All students: $260 (regardless of age or residency)

How do I register and pay?

Students can register online or by phone using a credit/debit card. Students may also mail in a check or money order. However, we do not register a student until payment is received.

Please note: Students must attend all classroom and practice riding sessions and pass both a multiple-choice knowledge test and a riding skill evaluation to graduate from this course. Graduates will receive a WMSP course completion card that will allow them to receive their two-wheel motorcycle endorsement at the DOL within 180 days after graduating.

Students that are not Washington residents are invited to take this course. However, there is no guarantee of reciprocity with your home state for licensing purposes.

These courses emphasize the risk involved with riding a motorcycle. These risks also exist during the course’s practice rides. At minimum, students should be able to balance and ride a bicycle. Students unable to keep pace with the class or who pose a hazard to themselves or others may be dismissed from the class by the instructor.

There will be no refunds, pro-rated or in full, for a student dismissed by the instructor.

Statewide, approximately 85% of students successfully complete this course their first time. Understand that these courses follow a group learning format that limits the ability of the instructors to provide individual instructions to students. These courses are mentally and physically demanding, and weather conditions can increase the stress on students.

What equipment and supplies do I need?

All students must bring the following to class:

  • Driver’s license and confirmation letters.
  • Pen or pencil for taking notes.
  • BRC students under 18 years of age must have a parent or legal guardian accompany them to the first meeting of class session to sign a release waiver in the presence of the Motorcycle Course Instructor. The state will not allow a minor to take the course without a parent or legal guardian signature witnessed by the Instructor.

All students must bring the following to practice:

  • DOT-approved helmet (Evergreen Safety Council provides helmets at all its sites; however, students are encouraged to bring their own if it is DOT approved)
  • Eye protection (eyeglasses, sunglasses, face shield, or goggles)
  • Sturdy over-the-ankle footwear that provide ankle support and protection from heat and moving parts.  Most work type boots and hiking boots work well. (i.e. canvas high-tops or slip-on-boots with elastic (only) ankle covering ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE)
  • Full-fingered leather gloves
  • Long sleeve shirt or jacket
  • Long, sturdy denim pants or jeans with no holes or tears that allow any skin to be exposed.
  • Rain gear (class will continue during rain)
  • Sun block, as needed
  • Snacks, lunch, and non-alcoholic beverages

Are there any other requirements?

Students must:

  • Provide proper riding gear (we have DOT-approved helmets available to borrow).
  • Be on time—you will not be permitted to participate if you are late to class or practice.

I already took the Knowledge Test, why do I have to take it again in class?

In order to receive your course completion card, every student must successfully complete the training course and pass both the knowledge and riding skills test as part of the training course.  Any tests taken before the training will not be accepted.

Can I get a refund or transfer to a different location?

Refunds/transfers will be given only with written notice (for any reason) at least six business days before the start of the class. We can transfer you into another class only if you notify us at least six full business days prior to the class.

If class is cancelled by us, full refunds or rescheduling will be given (remember, class will run rain or shine).

Refunds/transfers will not be given if you:

  • Cancel less than six business days prior to class.
  • Fail to attend your scheduled class.
  • Arrive late to class or practice and are not allowed to participate.
  • Are dismissed by the instructor.

Are there any other motorcycle safety courses in the area?

Evergreen Safety Council is one of twelve companies contracted by the Washington Department of Licensing (DOL) to offer motorcycle training in the state.  For other locations and information please visit the DOL’s website or contact the Washington Motorcycle Safety Program (WMSP) at 1-800-962-9010.

We are happy to refer students to other motorcycle training courses.

Do you provide training for scooters?

Yes, only at our Totem Lake location.  However, if a student wishes to bring their own scooter (as defined by the motorcycle industry) to class, they may do so ONLY with proof of ownership and liability insurance.  The scooter must pass a T-CLOCS inspection by the rider and instructor (a pre-ride safety checklist to make sure scooter/bike is safe to ride) before allowed in training course.

Do you offer dirt bike classes?

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation is organizing dirt bike classes in Washington and Oregon; please contact (877) 288-7093. Classes are scheduled only when enough students are on the waiting list.

Experienced Rider Course (ERC)

Where are the courses located?

Classroom and riding range sessions are offered in Kirkland, Seattle, and Renton.

When are the courses held?

Saturday and Sunday, 12:00pm–6:00pm or 10:00am–4:00pm.

Who should take the Experienced Rider Course?

The ERC is recommended for motorcyclists with 1,000 miles of riding experience and 6–12 months or more of experience. The course teaches advanced turning, braking, and swerving skills, as well as re-emphasizing street survival skills taught in the Basic Rider Course.

Sidecars and trikes are not allowed in this class. A separate class for three-wheel motorcycles is offered by the Evergreen Safety Council; please see our Sidecar/Trike Education Program (S/TEP).

We are happy to refer students to other motorcycle training providers who may have earlier class openings.

What is the course fee?

$125 for all residents and non-residents

How do I register and pay?

Students can register online or by phone using a credit/debit card. Students may also mail in a check or money order. However, we do not register a student until payment is received.

What equipment and supplies do I need?

Required Student Documentation:

  • Students must be 18 or older.
  • Students must use their own bikes in this course. The bikes will be subject to a safety inspection (T-CLOCS) prior to the riding phase of the class. Students with unsafe machines, as determined by the instructor, will not be allowed to participate.
  • Students must have liability insurance.
  • The instructor will ask to see photo ID, proof of insurance, and proof of ownership prior to the class.
  • Passengers are permitted in the Experienced Rider Course. A $10 passenger fee is to be charged to the student who is enrolled in the class. Passengers do not receive certificates. Students with passengers do not take the test at the end of the training.
  • Only the student enrolled in the ERC class will be issued an ERC completion card.

Required Riding Gear:

  • DOT-approved helmet (your own or use one of ours)
  • Protective eyewear (goggles, sunglasses)
  • Full-fingered leather gloves or motorcycle-specific gloves
  • Protective clothing covering arms and legs (should be form-fitting; no baggy pants)
  • Sturdy footwear that covers the ankle (must have a low heel and a non-slip sole)
  • Sunscreen or raingear, depending on weather (have appropriate clothing for inclement conditions)

How do I get my endorsement?

  • ERC students who are already endorsed will receive an ERC completion card.
  • Students who do not have an endorsement will be receiving the BRC card (license waiver card) upon successful completion of the ERC course.
  • This class will waive both the written and riding tests for a license endorsement in Washington. Students are not required to have an endorsement or permit to take the class, but are responsible for transporting their bikes safely and legally to and from class.
  • The Washington motorcycle license endorsement allows you to ride any two-wheel motorcycle or scooter, regardless of engine size.

Can I get a refund or transfer to a different location?

Refunds/transfers will be given only with written notice (for any reason) at least six business days before the start of the class. We can transfer you into another class only if you notify us at least six full business days prior to the class.

If class is cancelled by us, full refunds or rescheduling will be given (remember, class will run rain or shine).

Refunds/transfers will not be given if you:

  • Cancel less than six business days prior to class.
  • Fail to attend your scheduled class.
  • Arrive late to class or practice and are not allowed to participate.
  • Are dismissed by the instructor.

Additional Riding Course (ARC)

How do I register and pay for the class?

Students can register by phone or online using a credit/debit card, mail in a check or money order, or come into our office. A student is not registered until payment is received.

Who can take the class?

Only students who have completed a Basic Rider Course (BRC) or Intermediate Rider Course (IRT) may take the ARC. You must either show a BRC or IRT completion card or be listed in our database as completing the course successfully or completing the course but failing the test.

How much does the course cost?

$100 regardless of age or residency.

When is the course held?

Saturday and Sunday, 12:30pm–5:30pm

Is there a time limit?

Yes, you must have taken an BRC within the last 12 months. If a student intends to use the ARC as practice prior to scheduling a retest, they must take the ARC within 90 days from the original class date. This retest time limit is imposed by the Washington Motorcycle Safety Program and Washington Department of Licensing (WMSP/DOL).

Can students request scooters?

Yes, but it must be at the time of registration. If a student wishes to bring their own scooter (as defined by the motorcycle industry) to class, they may do so ONLY with proof of ownership and liability insurance. The scooter owner must complete a T-CLOCS Inspection (a pre-ride safety checklist to make sure a bike is safe to ride) and bring the form to class.

S/TEP Rider Courses

How long is the course?

The Basic S/TEP class is approximately 16 hours in length, and is structured for the beginner. The Advanced S/TEP class is 8 hours and designed for riders with previous sidecar/trike riding experience.

How do I register for the class?

Students can register by phone or online using a credit/debit card, mail in a check or money order, or come into our office. A student is not registered—and class availability isn’t guaranteed—until payment is received.

When are classes held?

Day Time
Friday 6:00pm–9:00pm
Saturday 8:00am*–12:00pm
12:00pm–5:00pm
(*7:30am during summer)
Sunday 8:00am*–2:30pm
(*7:30am during summer)

How much is the course fee?

$125–$375, depending on availability.

What do I need for class?

  • DOT-approved helmet (we have a limited supply of helmets on hand).
  • Protective eyewear (sunglasses, prescription glasses, safety goggles, or a face shield).
  • Full-fingered gloves.
  • Protective clothing (covering arms and legs).
  • Weather-appropriate clothing (be prepared for inclement conditions).
  • Sturdy, over-the-ankle boots, preferably with a small heel (e.g., work, hiking, or motorcycle-specific) are required. Tennis shoes or shoes made with cloth or canvas are not acceptable.

Do you furnish the rigs?

For the Basic S/TEP class:
Seattle: Yes, we can supply the motorcycle/sidecar combination and a trike for the classes. However, if the student wants to use their own rig it is encouraged, assuming they have a safe way of transporting it to the range.

Moses Lake, Spokane, Yakima: We strongly recommend that you bring your own with you to class because we have a very limited supply of sidecar combinations and trikes for these locations. If you are not able to bring your sidecar or trike, please let us know what type you have when you register.

For the Advanced S/TEP class:
No. Students in the Advanced S/TEP class will use their own rig.

For both classes:
If you bring your own sidecar combination, you must have at least 50 pounds of removable ballast in the sidecar for the first day’s riding exercises. (A sandbag, available at your local hardware store, is a good option.) You must also provide proof of liability insurance.

What does the class get me?

Upon successful completion of the S/TEP course, you will receive a WMSP course completion card. This course satisfies the Department of Licensing requirements for a Type 5 (“three-wheel motorcycle only”) or a Type 7 (“two-wheel and three-wheel motorcycles”) license endorsement if you currently have a Type 3 (“two-wheel motorcycles only”) endorsement. Some insurance companies are also offering discounted rates with proof of successful completion of this course.

Do I need a motorcycle learner's permit to take the S/TEP class?

No, you don’t need a motorcycle learner’s permit for the Basic S/TEP course, but you do have to be at least 15 years old and have a valid driving permit or driver’s license. (It doesn’t have to be a Washington State license.)

What happens if I have to cancel or don't show up for class?

Refunds are only authorized if you let us know at least six full business days prior to the class.

Can I just drop in for a class?

At the instructor’s discretion, you may drop in for a class if there are fewer than 12 registered students in the class, or if one of the registered students doesn’t show up on time. You will be required to pay the full tuition at that time. If you have one, we recommend using your own rig for this class.

If you are registered for a later class and are attempting to drop in on an earlier class, you must pay at the time of the “drop in”, and then call the Evergreen Safety Council to cancel the later class and obtain a refund.

Don't you have an earlier class?

We enroll students “first come, first served” basis in the earliest open training slot. We offer this class as often as is possible based on classroom/range and instructor availability.

Do you offer classes in any other locations?

There are several other locations in different areas of the country. Refer to the national schedule for a complete listing.

Do I have to have an endorsement?

Washington residents must have an endorsement on their license to legally operate a sidecar or trike. This can be either a Type 5 endorsement (“three-wheel motorcycle only”) or a Type 7 endorsement (“two-wheel and three-wheel motorcycles”).

The Washington Type 5 license endorsement allows you to operate a three-wheel motorcycle with any size engine. A student who already has a Type 3 motorcycle endorsement will upon course completion receive a Type 7 endorsement, which combines the two-wheel and three-wheel motorcycle endorsements.

The Washington Department of Licensing (DOL) does offer a separate driving test for three-wheel motorcycles (sidecar/trike). However, not all of the DOL offices are able to offer this test; speak with your local DOL office to see where the test is available.

DOL Testing FAQ’s

Why can’t I do the testing at the DOL anymore?

The DOL isn’t and hasn’t been real equipped to handle skills testing properly.  They haven’t been able to have the pavement to test the best skills needed to be a competent rider.  The Washington Legislators passed House Bill 1635 authorizing DOL to have motorcycle testing conducted at Motorcycle Trainings Schools who already have the pavement surface.

What is the cost?

Taken separately, each test (written and skills) is $50 each.

Each test takes about 1 hour.

When is testing available?

Walk-in knowledge testing is available Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm at our Totem Lake location. Skills testing will be scheduled throughout the week and on weekends, location may vary.

Where is the testing taking place?

We will be using our ranges at Totem Lake, Kirkland, West Seattle, Kent and Renton.  (No after market pipes are allowed at the Kirkland and West Seattle locations.)

How do I schedule the test?

You can register online at www.evergreenmotorcycletraining.org or you can call us at 425-814-3868 and register over the phone with a debit/credit card.

Is there an age requirement?

Yes

  • Testers under 18 years old need to take a motorcycle safety class to get their endorsement
  • Testers 16 years old and older can take the knowledge test.
  • Testers under 18 years old can take the knowledge test and go into the DOL to get a permit to practice riding.
  • Testers under 18 years old can take the skills test but they cannot get their endorsement until they take the motorcycle safety class.

What do I have to bring?

  • You will take the test on your own motorcycle.  The bike must have good tires and good brakes, no leaking fluids and be street legal (plates and registration).
  • Government issued ID

If you show up without a good working bike and/or proper gear, you will be turned away and will have to pay a $50 fee to reschedule.

What do I wear?

You are required to wear a DOT approved helmet and have eye protection (eye glasses, face shield or goggles).  We strongly recommend that you wear:

Long pants – jeans

Sturdy over the ankle boots

Full finger leather gloves

Long sleeves shirt or jacket

Rain gear and/or sunblock as needed

Are the tests done in any other language than English?

Yes – the written test can be done in Spanish.

Is there a cancellation fee/policy?

Yes – if you cancel at least 1 business day prior to the test there will be a $15 administration fee to reschedule.  If you do not provide at least 1 business day notice, there is no refund or reschedule.  You will need to pay again to take the test(s).

What happens after I pass?

Once you passed the knowledge (pink) and/or skills (green) testing, you will receive a colored slip to take to the Department Of Licensing (DOL) and they will issue you:

  •  A permit if you only passed the written test
  • An endorsement if you passed the written and skills test

What if I fail the test(s)?

You will need to wait at least 24 hours to schedule a time to re-test (DOL requirement) and pay a $50 re-test fee.

Do I get to practice the skills test at the testing range?

No, you need to come prepared.  If you think you need practice, consider taking one of our motorcycle safety training classes where you get to practice and take both the written and skills test at the end.

What if I have an expired permit?

You can still take the skills test. Keep in mind that the knowledge test is valid for 180 days and you may be required to take another knowledge test.

Can I take the skills test without taking the knowledge test?

Yes, tests can be taken in any order. However, in order to receive your endorsement, both knowledge and skills test must be completed within 180 days by presenting both pink and green slips to the DOL office.

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Testimonials

What Experience have other people had with your training?

I attended your beginning level class (in February 2008) at Lake Washington Tech.  I just wanted to let you know I was real impressed. Martin Schwartz was our teacher and he did an excellent job.  His skills in the classroom were I believe “above the norm”.  Just about every informative statement or video segment we watched, he would look at each person and expect their perspective or make them repeat what he just explained. This really seemed to keep everyone’s attention and retention.

I own a company of about fifty employees and I know how hard it is to find ones that have a lot of passion for what they do.  From what I saw, it is clear that he does.

The bikes were just fine and the location was perfect. I would strongly recommend your program to others and look forward in a year or two taking a more advanced class.

Thank you for a great time!

Ken Levy, Motorcycle Rider