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Basic Rider FAQ’s 

Basic Rider FAQ’s

Who should take 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 South Seattle, SeaTac, Renton and Kirkland, with range riding sessions in Kent, Renton, Kirkland and South Seattle. 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

Unsubsidized 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, depending on location (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 (ie…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 denim pants or jeans
  • 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.
  • Be at least 15 years & 10 months old.

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?

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

Do you provide training for scooters?

Scooters smaller than 50cc with a maximum speed of 30mph do not require a motorcycle endorsement. If your scooter engine is 50cc or larger OR is capable of exceeding 30 mph, you must have an endorsement to operate it legally. If a student wishes to bring their 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.

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.