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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.

Commission Adopts Administrative Rules

The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted new rules at 16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 99, §§99.1, 99.10, 99.20, 99.22, 99.24, 99.26, 99.30, 99.90, 99.92, 99.100, and 99.102, regarding the Off-Highway Vehicle Operator Education and Certification Program. The new rules implement Senate Bill 616, Article 8, 86th Legislature, Regular Session (2019), which transfers the Off-Highway Vehicle Operator Education and Certification program from the Texas Department of Public Safety to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

The adoption justification was published in the August 28, 2020, issue of the Texas Register (45 TexReg 6095). The updated rule chapter will be made available upon its effective date of September 1, 2020.

Commission Adopts Administrative Rules

The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted new rules at 16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 98, §§98.1, 98.10, 98.20 - 98.23, 98.25 - 98.27, 98.30, 98.40, 98.50, 98.60, 98.65 - 98.70, 98.72, 98.74, 98.76, 98.80, 98.90, 98.92, 98.100, 98.102, 98.104, 98.106, 98.108, 98.110, 98.112, and 98.114, regarding the Motorcycle Operator Training and Safety Program.  The adopted new rules implement Senate Bill 616, Article 8, 86th Legislature, Regular Session (2019), which transfers the Motorcycle Operator Training and Safety program from the Texas Department of Public Safety to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

The adoption justification was published in the August 28, 2020, issue of the Texas Register (45 TexReg 6088). The updated rule chapter will be made available upon its effective date of September 1, 2020.

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).


Workgroup Meetings

Upcoming Meeting - October 1, 2020

The first Motorcycle Safety Advisory Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 1, 2020 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.