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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the ARC?

The ARC is an advanced Motorcycle Safety Foundation course and may be taken by riders using any type of safe, street-legal, two wheeled motorcycle. It is an 8 hour course consisting of approximately 3-1/2 hours of classroom activities and 4-1/2 hours of riding. There is no formal skill evaluation, but there is a knowledge test that may be self-assessed.

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What does it cost to take the Advanced RiderCourse?

The ARC is FREE to Pennsylvania residents with a valid Pennsylvania Class 'M' driver's license or endorsement.

Out-of-state residents pay $100 to take the ARC.

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Where are ARC courses offered?

ARC courses are currently offered at several locations across the Commonwealth. Upcoming courses are currently scheduled at the following locations:

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Is the ARC right for me?

The ARC is designed for experienced motorcycle riders. For the purpose of this course, an experienced rider is one who has basic skills and is a current rider with a valid Class ‘M’ license or endorsement.

Special emphasis is given to self-assessment, rider behavior, riding strategies and overall skill development, particularly in braking, cornering and swerving procedures and techniques.

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May I have a passenger during the ARC?

No. Due to the higher speeds and unique techniques used in ARC training, passengers are not allowed.

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What are the requirements to participate in an ARC?

Valid Class M license or endorsement.

Motorcycle Requirements:

  • Preferably your own motorcycle and enough gas for the entire class. Please note: If you are using someone else's motorcycle, you will need to have written permission from the registered owner. Current registration, proof of insurance and inspection are required.
  • The ARC is specifically designed for single-track, two-wheeled motorcycles.
  • RiderCoaches will make the final determination as to the appropriateness of a motorcycle.
Required Riding Gear:
  • Long pants and long-sleeved shirt or jacket. Note: To adjust to changing temperatures, layers are your best bet. Try a jacket with a long-sleeved shirt underneath. Layers, layers, layers.
  • Over-the-ankle sturdy shoes or boots and full-fingered gloves.
  • Eye protection.
  • Helmet that meets D.O.T. standards. *You are required to wear a helmet during the safety course. (Regardless of your riding experience.)
Loud Pipes Lose Sites! Please note: We are guests at our training sites. Loud motorcycle pipes jeopardize the use of the site for all students. When you ride your own motorcycle to class, please respect our site sponsors by being as quiet as possible.

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If I am under 18 years of age, can I take the ARC?

Yes, however 16- and 17-year-old riders must be properly licensed to operate a motorcycle

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Do I need to bring my own motorcycle or riding gear?

It is preferred that you use your own motorcycle in the ARC; however, if you are using someone else's motorcycle, you will need to have written permission from the registered owner. Fresh motorcycle tires are recommended. Helmets are provided if you do not have your own. Regardless of your riding experience, you are required to wear a helmet during the riding portion of your class. You must use proper eye protection, long sleeved shirt or jacket, full-fingered gloves, long pants and sturdy over-the-ankle footwear. Appropriate clothing for various weather conditions is your responsibility. Be prepared.
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What should I bring to class?

The course is held rain or shine in varying temperatures. Be prepared with rain gear, layers of clothing, snacks and water. Bring a pen with black ink and a highlighter for the classroom portion of the course.
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What does the classroom portion of the ARC consist of?

The classroom portion of the course consists of interactive lessons using a PowerPoint program and several forms and handouts. The overall aim is to provide rider development in the areas of risk management, decision making, riding strategies and rider behavior and choices. This includes learner centered activities to foster gains in knowledge, skill, attitude, values and habits

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What does the riding portion of the ARC consist of?

The riding portion of the course involves techniques used for more performance oriented riding so as to enhance the skills for riders of any type of motorcycle. Techniques that extend beyond basic riding procedures are addressed. Riding techniques learned in the ARC are not intended to encourage or endorse riding at higher speeds, but are provided to improve the performance capabilities of riders, particularly related to overall control, cornering and emergency maneuvers. Riders who demonstrate that they may be unsafe to themselves or others will be counseled out of the course
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Will I be able to get my license when completing the ARC?

No, the ARC is not a licensing course. You must possess a valid Class ‘M’ license or endorsement in order to participate.

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I lost my course completion card. How do I get a replacement card?

You may request a replacement card by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope with your name, address, phone number, email address, driver license number, date of birth and the location where you took the class to

PA Motorcycle Safety Program
Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 69010
Harrisburg, Pa 17106-9010

IMPORTANT: We recommend that you laminate your completion card and keep it in a safe place.

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How do I contact PAMSP?

98% of the questions we receive are answered above in our FAQs. Before contacting us directly, make sure you've read through them. There are separate FAQs for the BRC, BRC2, 3WBRC, and ARC so if you did not see your answer here, it might be in the other FAQs.

If you still cannot find an answer to your question, you may inquire by email to:
Motorcycle Safety

Our registration line is also available Monday - Friday from 12 noon to 4pm for contact by phone at: (800)845-9533

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