Apply for a New Motorcycle Safety Instructor License

Qualifications to Apply

Age Requirement

You must be at least 18 years old.


You must be a high school graduate or have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, certificate of high school equivalency, or other credentials equivalent to a public high school degree.

Training Program

Before applying, you must complete a program on motorcycle operator training and safety instruction administered by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service.

Driver’s License

A valid motorcycle license is required. You must have held the license for at least two years prior to the date of application.

Driving Record

Applicants will not be eligible to apply if they have within the past 3 years been convicted of:

  • 3 or more moving violations, or
  • 2 moving violations that resulted in an accident

A “moving violation” is defined by Texas Transportation Code §542.304.

First Aid and CPR Certification

A current first aid and adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification is required to apply for an instructor license.

The certification must be from a nationally recognized provider with training courses that require in-person attendance, provide hands-on skills practice, and meet or exceed the standards of the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Application and Fee

If you meet all requirements listed above, you may apply for a new license by submitting a completed license application form along with the non-refundable application fee of $50.

An instructor license is valid for two years after the date of issuance.

Out of State Applicants

Texas currently has no reciprocal licensing agreements with other states.

If you hold a motorcycle instructor license in another state, you must meet all requirements for licensure in Texas and submit a completed Texas motorcycle instructor application with the application fee.

Applicants with Criminal Convictions

If you have ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor (other than a minor traffic violation) or pleaded guilty or no contest (resulting in a deferred adjudication) to any in-state, out-of-state or federal criminal offense, you must provide a completed Criminal History Questionnaire (PDF) along with your application materials.

The department will conduct a criminal history background check on all persons who apply for or renew a license. Criminal convictions are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Licenses may be denied based on the nature of the conviction and how long prior to the application the conviction occurred. Depending on your criminal history, a review can take from one to six weeks to complete.

Individuals may request TDLR review their criminal background before actually applying for a license. TDLR uses the same process for this pre-application evaluation as the process described below. See the Criminal History Evaluation Letter page for more information.

Please see the Guidelines for License Applicants with Criminal Convictions, which describe the process that TDLR uses to determine whether a criminal conviction renders an applicant an unsuitable candidate for the license, or whether a conviction warrants revocation or suspension of a license previously granted.