Motorcycle Training Range Site Approval

Entities seeking to obtain approval for a Motorcycle Operator Training School Range must follow the steps below to obtain approval from TDLR to operate a motorcycle training course at a range site location.

Approval from Curriculum Provider

1. submit range request to provider; 2. provider approves; 3. Applicant sends application and provider approval to TDLR; 4. TDLR approves or denies.

Schools must obtain an approval letter from each curriculum provider (Motorcycle Safety Foundation or Total Control) where curriculum is obtained.

The approval letter must authorize your school to teach the range curriculum specifically on the range that you are requesting approval for.

The approval must be in the form of a letter from the curriculum provider.

Photographs of Range

You must include with your application materials a series of photos of the range.

Before taking photos, place a visible marker (i.e.: large traffic cones, people, chairs) at each corner of the proposed range. Only four markers are needed, using extra markers makes it difficult for the reviewer to identify the actual range area. Be sure there are no vehicles, equipment, run-off, snow, etc. on the range.

  • Photos must have been taken within the last six months
  • Include photos of drains and other surface conditions located on the range or run-off
  • Satellite images are not acceptable as replacements for ground level photos
  • Digital files only (scanned photos are not acceptable)
  • Photos must be clear and sharp
  • Use descriptive file names when saving each photo (e.g., C-longside.jpg)
  • At least eight color photos,
    • two from each of the four corners
    • Photograph 1: long side view must include 3 markers: the corner nearest the photographer and the two farthest corners.
    • Photograph 2 short side view must include 2 markers, the corner nearest the photographer and the next closest corner are required.
    • Photographer should stand 20 feet back from each corner.

Facility and Equipment Requirements

  • Ranges must be secured from incursions and intrusion by other traffic (pedestrian and vehicular) and free of obstacles or hazardous surface conditions.
  • Ranges must have a paved surface, including asphalt, concrete, or another all-weather surface of suitable traction and is reasonably free of incline.
  • Ranges must be free of surface hazards and obstacles.
  • Ranges must be large enough to safely accommodate all courses conducted by the motorcycle school.
  • Range must be surrounded by a paved run-off area, free of surface hazards and obstacles, of at least 20 feet from the perimeter of the range.
  • For two-wheeled motorcycle courses a separate motorcycle must be available for each student. For three wheeled motorcycle courses, no more than two students may share a motorcycle.
  • All motorcycles used must be intended by the manufacturer for street use.
  • Motorcycles must be maintained in safe operating condition.
  • Class A fire extinguisher and First Aid Kit in close proximity to the riding area during range instruction
  • Ensure all instructors and students wear protective gear when participating in the range portion of the course in accordance with 108(f).
  • Ensure there are not more than 12 students on a range during any phase of range instruction.

Range Application Form

To request range approval, submit a completed Range Application Form (PDF) with the required approval letter and photos.

If you are applying for a school license, please submit the range application form with the school application materials.