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Important Information for 16 and 17 year-olds

Anyone under 18 years of age must take and successfully complete a Pennsylvania motorcycle safety program basic rider course before he/she can receive a motorcycle license. To be eligible to test, students must have a motorcycle’s learner’s permit for at least 6 months and have 65 hours of supervised riding.

Participants who have not met these requirements cannot be licensed through one of the PAMSP courses. Only a certificate of completion will be issued upon successful completion of a training course. Once the 16 and 17 year old driver is eligible, he or she will be required to take the motorcycle skills exam to be licensed. For additional motorcycling information visit

About PA MSP


Celebrating 30 years of training Pennsylvania motorcyclists...

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation administers the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program (PA MSP) that is free to Pennsylvania class M permit and motorcycle license holders. The PA MSP was created from legislation in 1984 and began operation one year later in 1985.

The focus of the PA MSP is to teach motorcycle riders of all skill levels the fundamentals needed to reduce risks while operating motorcycles. The program offers four courses that include beginning riders, intermediate skills, three-wheeled basics, and advanced riding skills. PA MSP manages more than 60 training sites conveniently located throughout the Commonwealth. The training season runs from March through October, with schedules varying among training sites. In 2014, Cape Fox Professional Services was selected by PennDOT to provide training services for the PA MSP.