Motorcycle and ATV Operator Safety


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Incident Report Forms

Beginning May 1, 2021, the Education & Examination Division will no longer accept incident report forms unless it is a TDLR Motorcycle Incident Report form. The TDLR Motorcycle Incident Report form can be found on the TDLR website under the Motorcycle and ATV Operator Safety webpage. If you have any questions, you may contact the Education & Examination Division at education@tdlr.texas.gov.

Texas Motorcycle Safety Forum, May 1

Driver education providers and members of the motorcycle industry are invited to participate in the virtual Texas Motorcycle Safety Forum this Saturday, May 1, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Members of the TDLR Education and Examination Division will participate in the forum, which is sponsored by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, the Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition and the Texas Department of Transportation. The forum will explore how the motorcycle community, governmental organizations and educators can work together to improve motorcycle safety in the state. For more information on how to register, please visit https://www.looklearnlive.org/safety-forum/.

Motorcycle and ATV Operator Safety at TDLR

The Motorcycle and ATV Operator Safety program transferred from the Texas Department of Public Safety to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) on Sept. 1, 2020, as part of Senate Bill 616 (86th session of the Texas Legislature).

The Motorcycle and ATV Operator Safety program consists of two licensing programs:

  • Motorcycle Operator Training and Safety Program, which licenses schools and instructors who teach students how to safely operate motorcycles
  • Off-Highway Vehicle Operator Education and Certification Program, which licenses instructors who teach basic training and safety skills relating to the operation of off-highway vehicles and to issue safety certificates to operators who successfully complete the courses

For more information about the transfer to TDLR, please see our program transfer FAQs page.

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).

How do I renew or recertify my license?

TDLR will send renewal notifications by mail and email approximately 60 days prior to your license expiration date. It is your responsibility to renew your license before it expires. Be mindful of your expiration date, and contact TDLR if you have not received a renewal notification.

Motorcycle and ATV Operator Safety Program Will Move from Department of Public Safety to TDLR on September 1, 2020

June 12, 2020

Senate Bill 616 of the 86th Legislature transfers oversight of the Motorcycle and ATV Operator Safety program from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to TDLR, effective September 1, 2020. TDLR and DPS are working together to make sure the transfer of the program goes as smoothly as possible for licensees and the public.

This is an umbrella program consisting of two separate, individual licensing programs: 1) the motorcycle operator training and safety program; and 2) off-highway vehicle operator education and certification program. The motorcycle operator training and safety program involves the licensing and regulation of motorcycle schools and instructors to conduct training courses in motorcycle operation and safety. The off-highway vehicle operator education and certification program involves the licensing and regulation of program sponsors and instructors to conduct courses in basic training and safety skills relating to the operation of off-highway vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles (ATV).


Advisory Board Meetings

Next Meeting - July 19, 2021

The next Motorcycle Safety Advisory Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 19, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. The meeting will be held via videoconference and will be viewable on TDLR's YouTube channel. When the agenda and staff reports are available, they will be posted online.

Previous Meeting - April 29, 2021

The Motorcycle Safety Advisory Board met April 29, 2021 via videoconference and the meeting is viewable on TDLR's YouTube channel. The agenda and staff reports (PDF) are available online.