West Virginia Department of Transportation offers two rider courses; The Basic Rider Course (BRC) and Experienced Rider Course (ERC). The tuition for both rider courses is $100 each. West Virginia law requires that all motorcycle operators obtain a motorcycle endorsement. Classes are offered through our vendor the Motorcycle Safety Foundation are the only approved Rider Training course available in this state.
Our basic course is designed for riders who have never operated a motorcycle, and we supply the bikes! The Motorcycle Safety Awareness Program through its vendor has an agreement that allows for the testing of riders for their endorsements, so you can learn to ride and get your license—all in one place. The BRC is about 17 hours long and combines practice riding on a closed-off parking lot and valuable classroom discussion. Please note that the WVMSP does not guarantee your instant success. While many students pass on their first try, it is not at all uncommon to have to take the class more than once.
The Rider Coaches who will be working with you are well trained and want you to succeed. The BRC is designed to teach beginning riders the fundamentals of motorcycle operation. But, many factors may affect the ability of some students to be successful in the time allotted for the course. If, in the opinion of the Rider Coach, a student becomes a danger to him or herself or to others that student will be counseled to return at another time.
If you are comfortable on your own motorcycle and ready to try something new, the five-hour Experienced Rider Course Skills Plus will build upon your existing skills and knowledge. Relatively new motorcyclists, returning riders, and experienced motorcyclists can all benefit from this course.
The ERC covers mental strategy, traction, risk management, braking, cornering and swerving techniques. The WVMSP recommends that you have at least one year or 1,000 miles of riding experience before enrolling in this course.
Q: How do I enroll?
A: The best way to enroll is using the WVMSP website's on-line enrollment system follow the links from this website's navigation bar "Find A Course" link at the top of the screen to begin the process. You will need a credit card (not a debit card) and an email address to enroll.
Q: What if I don't have a credit card or an email address?
A: You may call the WVMSP Call Center to enroll at 866-355-9399
Q: What else should I know?
A: In order to help keep cost down the program has established the following rules regarding fees:
To speak with someone regarding questions about either Rider Course before enrollment, you can contact us.
If you need to reschedule have questions or AFTER you have already enrolled, contact the specific Site Manager: