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Motorcycle Training Schools, Instructors Can Submit Credentials To Teach Updated MSF Basic Rider Courses

Starting on Friday, October 14, 2022, Texas Motorcycle Training Schools who have appropriately credentialed motorcycle instructors can begin offering the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s (MSF) Basic Rider Course 2 updated (BRC2-LW) eCourse (eP2x6) and MSF’s 3 Wheel Basic Rider Course updated (3WBU) eCourse (eP1x7-9).

The curriculum for each course did not change – as with eP1x11, the delivery method was modified to allow schools to deliver the classroom phase of the course online.

  • Texas Motorcycle Instructors cannot present the eP2x6 and eP1x7-9 variants until they have completed the online eP1x11 (BRCu) MSF Q-Center certification course. If you are interested in becoming certified under the eCourse(s), please contact MSF for more information.
  • If you are a Texas Motorcycle instructor who is currently certified for BRC2U (L/S) and/or 3WBU and you complete the certification for eP1x11 (BRCu), you will receive the eP2 (for BRC2-LW) and 3eP1 (for 3W) designator in the REMS database. MSF will certify you automatically for eP2x6 and eP1x7-9 (if you are currently certified in those courses) after completing the certification for eP1x11 (BRCu).
  • You must submit proof to TDLR’s Education and Examination Division that you have earned the eP1x11 variant certification, before you can teach this variant. Please note that you will not be able to report your class if you have not submitted the proof of certification.
    • TDLR staff have updated the records of Motorcycle Instructors who had already provided their eP1x11 certification to TDLR and were approved to teach the BRC2U and 3WBU. Please do not re-send your certification if you have been approved.
  • Schools may continue to decide for themselves which delivery method variants they will use. They can offer multiple approved delivery method variants.
  • Schools and Motorcycle Instructors are not required to implement the new eP2x6 and/or eP1x7-9 delivery variants.

eP1x11, eP2x6 and eP1x7-9 Variant Information

The eP1, eP2 and 3eP1 variants already include end-of-module “Knowledge Checks” (module quizzes) and an end-of-course Knowledge Test that requires the student to obtain a score of 80% or better to pass and receive an eCourse Completion certificate.  Texas Motorcycle Instructors will not be required to administer the current Knowledge Test for the eP1 (for BRCu), eP2 (for BRC2-LW) or 3eP1 (for 3W) variants because students will have satisfied this requirement online and will present the completion certificate to the school.

Students are required to provide a copy of their respective variant certificate before an MSB-8 can be issued.  MSF eCourse certificates (regardless of delivery variants used) are part of the school’s course packet and must be retained for audit purposes.

For schools providing the eP1 or eP2 variants: school reporting personnel will enter a zero “0” for no eCourse received or “100” for eCourse received when reporting classes in REMS. This class reporting method ONLY applies if providing the eP1 or eP2 delivery method variants. Use “EP2” (for BRC2-LW) and “3EP1” (for 3W) as the course identifier in REMS for these variants. Please be sure to use the correct designation when entering information.

Schools and instructors should review the MSF eP1x11 FAQ document for important MSF guidance before presenting these variants to be sure they are using them correctly and using the most current MSF guidance.

Commission Adopts Rules

The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted amendments to an existing rule at 16 Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 98, §98.69, regarding the Motorcycle and ATV Operator Safety program. The adopted rule makes the necessary rule changes for the Motorcycle and ATV Operator Safety program to align the program rules with the advisory board changes made by House Bill 1560, 87th Legislature, Regular Session (2021), the Sunset legislation for the Department.

The adoption justification was published in the June 24, 2022, issue of the Texas Register (47 TexReg 3672) and is available online. The updated rule chapter will be available on the Secretary of State website upon its effective date of July 1, 2022.

Commission Adopts Rules

The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted amendments to existing rules at 16 Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 98, §§98.10, 98.20, 98.21, 98.22, 98.23, 98.26, 98.70, 98.100, 98.104, 98.106, 98.108, 98.110, 98.112, 98.114; and proposed new rule at §98.116, regarding the Motorcycle and ATV Operator Safety program. The adopted rules address new requirements for motorcycle schools, instructors, and courses.

The adoption justification was published in the August 27, 2021, issue of the Texas Register (46 TexReg 5410). The updated rule chapter will be made available upon its effective date of September 1, 2021.

Criminal Conviction Guidelines for Motorcycle Instructors and Schools

The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation (Commission) provides this public notice that, at its regularly scheduled meeting held May 6, 2021, the Commission adopted amendments to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation’s (Department’s) Criminal Conviction Guidelines pursuant to Texas Occupations Code §53.025(a). The Criminal Conviction Guidelines are updated from the original guidelines published on December 5, 2003 (28 TexReg 11018) to include the Motorcycle Operator Training and Safety program.

The Criminal Conviction Guidelines (guidelines) describe the process by which the Department determines 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. The guidelines present the general factors that are considered in all cases and the reasons why particular crimes are considered to relate to each type of license issued by the Department.

The Texas Legislature enacted Senate Bill 616 (S.B. 616), 86th Legislature, Regular Session (2019), which transferred oversight of the Motorcycle and ATV Operator Safety program from the Texas Department of Public Safety to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

The Criminal Conviction Guidelines for the Motorcycle Operator Training and Safety program will become a part of the overall guidelines that are already in place for other Department programs. The Department presented the applicable guidelines to the Motorcycle Safety Advisory Board at its meeting on January 7, 2021 and received the Board’s recommendation for approval.

A copy of the complete Criminal Conviction Guidelines is posted on the Department’s website. You may also contact the Enforcement Division at (512) 539-5600 or by email at enforcement@tdlr.texas.gov to obtain a copy of the complete guidelines.

Motorcycle Safety Foundation RiderCoach Preparation Course Now Available

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation RiderCoach Preparation Course is again available in Texas. The course is offered by the Institute for Law Enforcement and Protective Services Excellence at the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) in College Station.

The course prepares the instructor candidate to conduct the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Basic Riders Course (BRC) and to obtain the MSF National RiderCoach Certification. During the course, the instructor candidate will learn how to teach the BRC curriculum, practice teaching in the classroom, how to manage the range exercises, and how to evaluate and coach students as they develop their riding skills.

Once instructor candidates successfully complete the course, they must obtain a Texas Motorcycle Instructors License from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR).


Advisory Board Meetings

August 4, 2022

The Motorcycle Safety Advisory Board met August 4, 2022 via videoconference. The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR's YouTube channel. The agenda and staff reports are available online.