Motorcycle and ATV Operator Safety


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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.

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

November 16, 2020

The Motorcycle Safety Advisory Board met November 16, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. via videoconference. The meeting was archived and is available on TDLR's YouTube channel. The agenda and staff reports are available online.