Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How much does it cost to take the ITR?

A. The ITR is FREE to Pennsylvania residents and active-duty military with a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license and motorcycle permit.

Out-of-state residents pay $100 to take the ITR and must call 800.845.9533 to register.

Q. Is the ITR right for me?

A. ITR is designed for those who are curious about riding. This course includes both classroom and on-cycle instruction. You will learn fundamental skills required to operate a motorcycle or 3-wheeled vehicle and progress to street riding skills and strategies. (Prerequisite for two-wheeled motorcycle includes the ability to ride and balance a bicycle for the riding portion of the course.) Learn about basic controls and operations of a motorcycle and/or 3-wheeled vehicle.

Q. How much does it cost to take the BRC?

A. The BRC is FREE to Pennsylvania residents and active-duty military with a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license and motorcycle permit.

Out-of-state residents pay $250 to take the BRC and must call 800.845.9533 to register.

Q. All the classes in my area are full, may I walk in to a class to see if it is full?

A. You may walk into any PAMSP class and if seating is available, you register for that class in person. Plan to arrive 20-30 minutes before the start of a class to put your name on the walk-in list. Be sure to have your Class M Permit and/or Class M License with you.

Q. What are the requirements for students under 18?

A. Students under 18 years of age must take and successfully complete a Pennsylvania motorcycle safety program Beginner Riding Clinic (BRC) before the student can receive a motorcycle license. To be eligible to test, the student must have a motorcycle’s learner’s permit for at least 6 months and have 65 hours of supervised riding. Once the 16- and 17-year-old rider is eligible, he or she will be required to take the motorcycle skills exam to be licensed.

Students who have not met these requirements cannot be licensed through one of the courses. They may still participate in the course and receive a certificate of completion.

For more information, visit the Under 18 section.

Q. Is the BRC right for me?

A. The BRC provides an introduction to the fundamentals of responsible motorcycling. It consists of 5 hours classroom instruction, 10 hours of riding instruction, and is design for participants with no motorcycle driving experience. Students are provided a motorcycle and helmet for use during the training course. Adult students with a Pennsylvania issued motorcycle learner permit and satisfactorily complete the course may receive a Pennsylvania issued motorcycle license—in lieu of skill testing requirements at a PA Driver License Center.

Q. Are there prerequisites for the Beginner Riding Clinic?

A. Students should have the ability to balance and stabilize a two-wheeled motorcycle or bike. If it has been a long time since a student has ridden a bicycle or motorcycle, it is recommended that they practice riding a bicycle prior to class.

Q. Do I need to have a motorcycle license or permit for the BRC?

A. For the BRC you will need either a valid Class M permit or Class M license. You MUST have a valid permit or license for the entire class.

Q. Do I need my permit to register for a class?

A. Yes. You may obtain a Class M permit at your local PennDOT Driver License Exam Center.

Q. How much does the IRC cost?

A. The IRC is FREE to Pennsylvania residents with a valid driver’s license or motorcycle permit.

The Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program is funded through an additional fee that you pay when you obtain, renew or replace a motorcycle permit or license.
Out-of-state residents pay $150 to take the IRC and must call 800.845.9533 to register.

Q. What are the requirements to become licensed through the IRC?

A. You must have a valid Class M permit and you must have your own motorcycle with valid registration, inspection and insurance.

Q. Do I need to take the BRC before I take the IRC?

A. No, it is not required, but it is highly recommended to take the BRC before the IRC.

Q. What does it cost to take the 3WRC?

A. The 3WRC is FREE to Pennsylvania residents with a valid Pennsylvania Class ‘C’ driver’s license with a Class ‘M’ endorsement or a valid Class ‘M’ permit.
Out-of-state residents pay $200 to take the 3WRC and must call 800.845.9533 to register.

Q. May I have a passenger during the course?

A. The only courses that allow an adult passenger are the Intermediate Riding Clinic (IRC) and Advanced Riding Clinic (ARC). The passenger and rider may not switch roles during the course.

Q. What is the ARC?

A. The Advanced Riding Clinic (ARC) is a motorcycle training course and is available to licensed motorcycle riders operating any street-legal 2-wheel motorcycle that meets safety requirements. It is an 9-hour course consisting of approximately 4 hours classroom activities and 5 hours of riding instruction. There is no formal skill evaluation. You must have your Motorcycle License and at least 3000 miles of riding experience to participate in this course.

Q. What does it cost to take the ARC?

A. The ARC is FREE to Pennsylvania residents with a valid Pennsylvania Class ‘M’ driver’s license.

Out-of-state residents pay $400 to take the ARC and must call 800.845.9533 to register.

Q. Is the ARC right for me?

A. The ARC is designed for experienced motorcycle riders. For the purpose of this course, an experienced rider is one who has intermediate skills with at least 3000 miles of current riding experience with a valid Class ‘M’ license. The Total Control ARC® teaches advanced riding techniques including: throttle control, vision, line selection, body position and trail braking. It also features comprehensive psychological and suspension setup instruction. This holistic approach to rider education includes physical, mental and mechanical training by highly trained instructors with world-class coaching skills.

Additional requirements can be located at: http://www.pamsp.com/improve/ARC.php

Q. May I have a passenger during the ARC?

A. Yes, you may have an adult passenger. However, the passenger and rider may not switch roles during the course.

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

A. Yes, however 16- and 17-year-old riders must be properly licensed to operate a motorcycle. A parent and/or guardian must sign the liability waiver during the course or have it notarized prior to the course.

Q. Will I be able to get my license when completing the ARC?

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

Q. How do I get my permit?

Motorcycle driver learner’s permits are issued at your local PennDOT Driver’s License Center. Motorcycle driver learner’s permits are obtained by paying a $10.00 fee and passing a vision screening and motorcycle knowledge test. The learner’s permit is valid for one year. A Class M Learners permit is required for all PennDOT motorcycle licensing courses. You must have a valid Class M license to participate in the ARC.

For more information on obtaining a permit and the permit process, visit The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

Q. My motorcycle learner’s permit has expired. How do I get an extension?

A. Your motorcycle permit must be valid throughout the entire class. Visit the Department of Transportation for more information on motorcycle learner’s permits.

Q. I lost my motorcycle learner’s permit. How can I obtain another permit?

A. Your motorcycle permit must be valid throughout the entire class. Visit the Department of Transportation for more information on motorcycle learner’s permits.

Q. Do I need to bring my own motorcycle?

A. Training motorcycles are provided for the BRC only.

Q. What should I bring to class?

A. For the classroom, bring your Class M permit or Class M license, a blue or black pen and a highlighter.

For the riding portion of the course, be prepared with rain gear, layers of clothing as needed, snacks and water. Remember to bring your class M permit/license to the range portion of class. If you are using your own motorcycle, you much have valid registration, insurance and inspection sticker.

Q. What types of motorcycles are available to ride?

A. The program offers a variety of brands and styles for students. The availability varies by site. Instructors will help students in the selection process.

Q. May I take the BRC on a scooter?

A. You will be required to provide proof of current registration, insurance and inspection. Your motorcycle or scooter must be over 50cc. Scooters and motorcycles under 50cc do not require a class M and are not trained through the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program. For more information on licensing scooters, please visit The Department of Transportation

Q. What should I bring with me the day of the skills test? Do I need to bring a licensed driver?

You will need to bring your valid PA Class M permit/license. You will not need to be accompanied by a driver with a motorcycle license.

Q. If I pass the BRC, will I automatically become a licensed rider?

A. Yes. Upon successful completion of the BRC, your learner’s permit will be stamped as a valid PA motorcycle license and the requirement for you to test at the PennDOT Driver License Exam Center is waived. The Department of Transportation will issue a motorcycle license within 120 days. You will also receive a completion card. Some insurance companies offer a reduced rate for successful completion of our BRC, you may need to provide a copy of your completion card. Contact your insurance provider for further details.

Note that minors are subject to different licensing requirements, for more information, visit the Under 18 section.

Q. What if I fail the BRC skills test?

A. Your Instructor can guide you into the appropriate re-testing or additional practice class based on your skill level and needs.

Q. If I passed the motorcycle knowledge test but failed the skills test three times, do I need to apply for another motorcycle learner's permit?

A. Visit the Department of Transportation for more information on motorcycle learner's permits.

Q. If I need more practice, can I take the course more than one time?

A. Yes! We encourage students who wish to improve their skills to take any course more than once. More practice helps both novice and experienced riders. Motorcycling is a perishable skill. Ongoing practice and skill building are essential for safe street riding.

Q. After I pass the course, how long does it take to receive my updated motorcycle license?

A. The Department of Transportation will issue a motorcycle license within 120 days of successful completion of the BRC or IRC. If you do not receive an update card for your motorcycle license by 120 days, contact the Motorcycle Safety Program.

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

A. If you have completed the course since 2002, 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

Q. What class is right for me?

A. The Total Control Introduction to Riding (Total Control ITR℠) is designed for those who are curious about riding. This course includes both classroom and on-cycle instruction. You will learn fundamental skills required to operate a motorcycle or 3-wheeled vehicle and progress to street riding skills and strategies. (Prerequisite for two-wheeled motorcycle includes the ability to ride and balance a bicycle for the riding portion of the course.) Learn about basic controls and operations of a motorcycle and/or 3-wheeled vehicle.

The Beginner Riding Clinic (Total Control BRC®) provides an introduction to the fundamentals of riding a motorcycle. It is suitable for beginners and intermediate riders. Students are provided with a motorcycle and helmet for use during the course.

The Total Control 3-Wheel Riding Clinic (Total Control 3WRC℠) is a hands-on, step-by-step course designed to teach experienced motorcycle or 3-wheel vehicle riders the physical and mental skills necessary to ride safely on the street. The course is conducted in one day and includes both classroom and on-cycle instruction.

Students may provide their own 3-wheel vehicle, proof of insurance and protective riding gear. Students that meet evaluation standards at the end of the course receive a completion card and their Class M license with a “9” restriction. This restriction prohibits operating a 2-wheeled motorcycle.

The Intermediate Riding Clinic (Total Control IRC®) can be taken after a student completes the BRC, or in lieu of the BRC, for more intermediate riders. It is the perfect next step for newer riders who are looking to improve their skills on their own bike as well as riders that have recently gotten back into riding after years off. This course includes both classroom and on-cycle instruction.

You will learn intermediate-level skills required to safely operate a full-sized motorcycle and understand the basic psychology of riding to help make better choices on the road.

The Advanced Riding Clinic (Total Control ARC®) is for experienced riders looking to improve their riding skills in a safe, controlled environment. The internationally acclaimed curriculum is also used extensively by government agencies and the military to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities.

The Total Control ARC® teaches advanced riding techniques including: throttle control, vision, line selection, body position and trail braking. It also features comprehensive psychological and suspension setup instruction. This holistic approach to rider education includes physical, mental and mechanical training by highly trained instructors with world-class coaching skills.

Q. Do I need to bring my own riding gear?

A. Visit our section on Riding Gear for more information on the appropriate riding gear.

Q. May I take a class more than once?

A. Yes. Students are encouraged to continually improve their motorcycle skills through ongoing practice and skill building.

Q. How long does it take to receive an updated license once I pass the course?

A. The Department of Transportation will issue a motorcycle license within 120 days of successful completion of a course. If you do not receive your updated license, please contact the Motorcycle Safety Program.