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Frequently Asked Questions

​​What do I need to bring to class?

For the BRC classes motorcycles are provided for your use. Students taking the BRC2 and / or ARC must bring their motorcycle, license, registration and proof of insurance.  Students taking the 3WBRC may bring their own trike or some locations have them available for use.

You should arrive at all classes with the following items:

  • 3/4 or Full-face DOT-approved helmet (loaners available at some locations)
  • Protective eyewear
  • Jacket or long-sleeved shirt
  • Long pants with no holes, rips or tears
  • Sturdy over-the-ankle footwear (must cover the ankle bone)
  • Full-fingered gloves
  • Rain gear - optional (see local weather forecast)
  • A positive attitude and willingness to learn.

What is the process to get my motorcycle endorsement?

You must take the written test at a Kentucky State Police testing center to get your instruction permit. Click here to schedule your test.  Upon successful completion of the written test you must hold it for at least 30 days. After that 30 days you may either present the skills waiver card / certificate earned by passing an approved course or pass the test administered by KSP. You can schedule a skills test through the KSP at the same website as your written test, if you are not choosing to take one of these skills waiver courses. You do not need to do both.

How long are the skills waiver cards / certificates good for?

The cards / certificates are good for one (1) year from the date of issue to be used by the KY Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) licensing branch office for the purpose of a waiving the skills portion of the motorcycle endorsement process. ​Click here for a list of offices around the state.

 Insurance companies vary but many will give a discount if the course was taken within the past 3-5 years. Ask your local agent for more details.

I lost my card and need to get a duplicate.

Please contact the program administrator Jay Huber at or 502-564-1568 for a duplicate skills waiver card or certification letter that you have completed the course.  No duplicates will be issued after 1 year from the date of the class since they are no longer valid for licensing purposes. If needed for insurance or military purposes, a letter of completion can be issed. If you took the course on a military base such as Ft. Knox or Ft. Campbell we do not keep those records, please see your base safety officer. 

Do I have to take the written test and get my permit BEFORE I take the class?

For the courses such as the BRC and some 3WBRC in which the sites are providing the bikes to use, the answer is NO. You can take the written test either before or after completing the course. For courses such as the BRC2, ARC and some 3WBRC where you are bringing your own motorcycle to use, you must be able to legally operate the vehicle on the roadways with a permit / endorsement and have proof of insurance with you.

How long is a motorcycle instructional permit good for?

Motorcycle instruction permits are good for one year and can only be renewed once. After that, one of the skills waiver courses are required to obtain your full endorsement.

Are there special rules for permit holders?

Instruction permit holders are not allowed to carry passengers and MUST wear a helmet on the roadways regardless of your age. For those under 18 there are limits on the hours of the day in which you can operate a vehicle. This applies to 4 wheel vehicles as well.

What is the helmet law in KY?

All riders and passengers under the age of 21 MUST wear a helmet on the roadways. You also must wear one until you have held your full endorsement for at least one (1) year. Eye protection is also required for ALL riders and passengers at all times.

I live in an area that doesn’t have a class near me, but there is one in a neighboring state. Can I take the class there?

Yes, you can take the class in a neighboring state and present your completion paperwork to KYTC Licensing branch office for the skills portion of obtaining your endorsement. However, you MUST still pass the instructional permit test here in KY and hold that permit for at least 30 days. The out of state course MUST be an approved skills waiver course in that state, for it to be accepted here. Examples would be skills waiver courses using the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF), Motorcycle Ohio Rider Education (MORE) or Total Control (TC) curriculums.

What type of motorcycles are used in the course?

All motorcycles used in the basic courses are 500cc or less. The make and model does vary, depending on the location at which you take the course. The provided 3-Wheel motorcycles do not have a limit on engine size but do have the speeds limited electronically.

I had a lot of fun taking the class and was interested in possibly teaching the classes. How do I become an instructor?

To become an instructor, please see our Instructors page.

There are no courses offered in my area but quite a few riders here. How could I start a Training Center in my area?

To become a Site Provider and host classes please see our Providers page.