Pennsylvania makes training mandatory for young motorcycle riders

Publish Date: 
Sep 4, 2012

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A new Pennsylvania law requires 16- and 17-year-olds seeking their motorcycle licenses to first complete the state's motorcycle safety training.

Act 84, signed July 2 by Gov. Tom Corbett, requires that young riders seeking motorcycle licenses complete the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program's (PAMSP) Basic Rider Course (BRC), which is offered at nearly 70 sites across the state. The training is free to state residents.

"With this new law, Pennsylvania is ensuring that young motorcycle riders are given the tools and the knowledge to ride safely on our roadways," said PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch. "Roughly 400,000 riders have gone through this proven safety training program since it began in 1984, and graduates rave about how the training has improved their riding skills."

The course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of safe and responsible motorcycle operation and consists of five hours of classroom and instruction 10 hours on the course. The 15 hours can be applied toward the 65 hours of on-the-road training required for riders under 18 years old who have a motorcycle learner's permit.

Young riders who complete the course will be given a certificate of completion card. Once they have completed all of the learner's permit requirements they can be tested for their motorcycle license at the conclusion of the PAMSP training.

Information about the PAMSP training is available at Motorcycle safety information, including videos about the training programs and testimonials from graduates, are at PennDOT's Live Free Ride Alive website at

Posted by Holly Wagner