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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.

TDLR Proposes Administrative Rules

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation proposes amendments to existing rules for the Motorcycle and ATV Operator Safety program rules at 16 Texas Administrative Code, 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 a proposed new rule at §98.116. The proposed rules address new requirements for motorcycle schools, instructors, and courses to implement recommendations by advisory board workgroups and Department staff.

The proposed rules were published in the May 28, 2021, issue of the Texas Register (46 TexReg 3348). The Department will accept comments on the proposal until June 28, 2021.

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

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.

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

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.