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Motorcycle Rider
Education Program

Established in 1992 to help new riders learn the needed skills on the roadways to be safe, as well as veteran riders to hone and improve their skills. The program is paid for in part by a portion of all motorcycle license and registration fees to help subsidize the costs of providing the classes.


The program is administered through the 

Kentucky Transporation Cabinet's Office of Highway Safety 

and overseen by the Motorcycle Safety Education Commission.

Program Basics

You must take the written test at the local circuit clerk's office to get your instruction permit even when completing the course.

You can take the written test either before or after completing the course.

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.

Instruction permit holders are not allowed to carry passengers and MUST wear a helmet on the roadways.

All riders and passengers under the age of 21 MUST wear a helmet on the roadways.

To become an instructor, see the site provider nearest you.



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Courses Offered

Learn about the different types of Motorcycle Safety Courses offered, as well as the benefits and what you'll need to bring.

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Get Training

Find one of many Training Centers across the Commonwealth that are able to provide Motorcycle Training Courses.

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