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New delivery method for Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) BRCu (eP1X11)

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation has approved MSF’s Basic Rider Course updated (BRCu) E-Course (eP1x11), effective May 5, 2022. Texas Motorcycle Training Schools with appropriately credentialed motorcycle instructors may now implement the new eP1x11 variant with their students. The BRCu curriculum itself did not change -- only the delivery method has been modified to allow schools to deliver the classroom phase of the course online.

  • Texas MSF RCs and RCTs cannot present the eP1x11 variant until they have completed the online Q-Center certification course. Texas MSF Rider Coaches (RC) and Rider Coach Trainers (RCT) can certify under the new eP1x11 variant at this time.
  • Schools can decide for themselves which delivery method variant they will use and they can offer multiple approved delivery method variants. You are not required to implement the new eP1x11 variant.
  • Licensees interested in becoming certified under the E-Course are encouraged to contact MSF for more information.
  • If you earn the eP1x11 variant certification, you must present proof of this certification to TDLR to add this competency to your REMS profile before teaching this variant or you will not be able to report your class. Please take a screenshot of your MSF RETSORG profile and send it to TDLR through our webform along with your name and TDLR license number

Ep1x11 Course Information

  • Texas instructors will not be required to administer the current Knowledge Test when presenting the eP1X11 variant. The variant already includes end-of-module “Knowledge Checks” (module quizzes) and an end-of-course Knowledge Test. 
  • Students will be required to attain a score of 80% or better to pass and receive an eCourse certificate.
  • Students are required to provide a copy of their Ep1x11 variant certificate before an MSB-8 can be issued.
  • For schools providing the eP1X11 variant: school reporting personnel will enter a zero “0” for no eCourse received or “100” for eCourse received when reporting BRCu classes in REMS. This class reporting method ONLY applies if providing the eP1X11 delivery method variant.
  • The course identifier to be used for this variant in REMS will be designated as “EP1”. When utilizing this variant please use the EP1 designation. If using e3x5x10 please continue to use the BRCu course identifier.

If you have any questions regarding this notice, or to submit proof of your new certification please contact us on our webform.

REGISTER for the Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition (TMSC) Meeting and Texas Motorcycle Safety Forum

The Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition (TMSC) Meeting will be held in conjunction with the annual Texas Motorcycle Safety Forum in person on April 8 & 9, 2022 at Y.O. Ranch Hotel in Kerrville, Texas.

Ray Ochs of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation will be the keynote speaker for the Forum. Other topics covered throughout the forum include Texas motorcycle crash data, technology & infrastructure changes to support riding safety, and safe riding techniques.

Both will be held in person on April 8 & 9, 2022, at Y.O. Ranch Hotel in Kerrville, Texas. Both are free to attend and feel free to attend one or both events.

  • The TMSC meeting will be on Friday, April 8, from 1 to 4 p.m.
  • The Texas Motorcycle Safety Forum will be on Saturday, April 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Register today!

Once you register, be sure to head over to reserve your hotel room at the Y.O. Ranch. Please note that rooms are at a reduced rate but are limited and are first-come, first-served.

Visit https://www.looklearnlive.org/safety-forum/ for more information as it becomes available.

Proposed Rule Changes

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation proposes amendments to an existing rule at 16 Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 98, §98.69, regarding the Motorcycle and ATV Operator Safety program. The proposed 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 proposed rule was published in the February 4, 2022, issue of the Texas Register (47 TexReg 431). The Department will accept comments on the proposal until March 7, 2022.

The Department encourages anyone interested in the Motorcycle and ATV Operator Safety program to review the rule proposal online at Proposed Rules Title 16 (texas.gov). Comments may be submitted electronically on the Department’s website at https://ga.tdlr.texas.gov:1443/form/gcerules.

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

The Motorcycle Safety Advisory Board met July 19, 2021 via videoconference. The meeting was archived and is avalilable on TDLR's YouTube channel. The agenda and staff reports (PDF) are available online.