03/05/2021 The start of motorcycle safety classes and registration has been delayed. Please check our website on or after April 22 for updated information.
To align with Harper College's current plan for spring semester classes, we will again be using the Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic eCourse for all Basic RiderCourse (BRC) and Basic RiderCourse2 (BRC2) classes. Access to the eCourse is granted after registering for a course through our website. Please note that the eCourse access information is not sent automatically. We have to do that manually and it will be sent approximately 30 days prior to the first in-person session of your course.
If you choose to register for the eCourse on your own through the MSF website, understand that you will not be registered for a Harper College Motorcycle Program course. Also, the fee you would pay to the MSF would be non-refundable and is not applied towards a Harper College motorcycle class. You must register for our classes through our website to attend our classes.
Additionally, if you were registered for a course that was cancelled in the 2020 fall semester and had received eCourse access information, you can still complete the eCourse. The eCourse completion certificate does not offer a waiver of either of the state tests and is only valid for only 30 days from completion. You can, however, retake the eCourse as many times as you'd like, and your completion certificate expiration date will be renewed. That is important if you decide to register for a class this year (which we hope you will do).
Harper College Motorcycle Safety Program
All Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Cycle Rider Safety Training Program (CRSTP) courses for the Northern Illinois region (see state regional center map here) are administered by Harper College. Aside from a refundable $20 deposit, there is no additional fee for any of our courses.
Courses are held at multiple locations throughout northern Illinois. Find the most convenient training site for you on the map near the bottom of this page and follow the enrollment instructions. Each training site offers the Basic Rider Course (BRC). In addition, some sites offer Intermediate (BRC2), Advanced (ARC), and 3-Wheel (3WBRC) courses.
- You must be at least 16 years of age at the time of your first course session.
- You must be an Illinois resident.
- You must have a valid automobile learner's permit or full driver's license.
- You will not be allowed into class without one of those documents.
- Non-Illinois driver's licenses are acceptable.
- A motorcycle learner's permit is not required to take one of our courses.
- You must be on time for all course sessions including the first one.
If no course sections are currently available for registration at a particular training site, please check another location or check later for possible changes. Things are changing rapidly as we move through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please view each of the waivers you will be required to sign in order to participate in any Harper College administered RiderCourse. The waivers must be signed during the first course session in the precense of a course instructor by the participant and parent/guardian if the participant is a minor. If a parent/guardian of a minor cannot be present at the first course session the waivers must be notorized.
- IDOT Waiver - all RiderCourse types
- Motorcycle Safety Foundation COVID-19 Waiver - all RiderCourse types
- Motorcycle Safety Foundation RiderCourse Waiver - all RiderCourse types
- BRP 3-Wheel Basic RiderCourse Waiver - 3-wheel RiderCourse only
All course registration is done online.
- Get ready: Select and left-click a location from the list under Courses near the bottom of this page. You will see brief descriptions of which course types are offered at that site. Click on the course type you want.
- Get set:Review the dates and times of the sections that are available and select a section. If no sections are currently available, check back later for updates or request to be notified when the next section opens. To request a notification you will need to either create an account providing your email address or login to your existing account.
- Go: Follow the steps to create an account, enroll, and pay the refundable $20 registration fee with your credit/debit card. That's it!
A transaction receipt and acknowledgment of your enrollment will be sent to the email address you provide when creating your account. Be sure to check your spam folder if you do not see those emails.
REQUIRED RIDING GEAR
*During the COVID-19 pandemic all students must comply with the Required Riding Gear and additionally will be required to wear a mask while inside any building or trailer and on the training range. It is suggested that you bring your own 3/4 or full-face helmet if possible however, helmets will be issued, for the duration of the class, to students who do not have their own helmet.
All items are required for all on-cycle instruction and are non-negotiable. Failure to bring these items will result in your dismissal from class.
- Helmet - a DOT certified 3/4 or full-face helmet (a 3/4 helmet will be provided if you do not have a helmet of your own, DOT half shell helmets will be allowed only in the Advanced RiderCourse)
- We recommend bringing a bandana or some other thin fabric head covering to wear if you borrow a program helmet
- Protective eyewear - prescription or sunglasses, goggles, face shield
- Long sleeve jacket or shirt - no holes
- Long pants - denim or other sturdy material (no sweat pants, no yoga pants, no hospital scrubs, no holes)
- Full-fingered gloves - leather preferred
- Over-the-ankle footwear - sturdy material (not cloth), must completely cover ankle
Please see this document for examples of acceptable and unacceptable riding gear.
TRAINING SITE LOCATION MAP
- Each training site location is marked with a motorcycle map marker.
- The markers are placed either at the building entrance closest to the classroom or where the class meets on the first day.
- Classroom locations, as well as a campus map (if available), can be found by clicking the marker at the location where you wish to take your RiderCourse.
- Classrooms may change due to changes in the needs of our training site partners, this is particularly true for classes taking place at our Palatine location.
- Be on time! All classes start on time. If you are late, even if you are a registered student, you can be turned away. Don't be left out.
Refund requests: When you complete your class, you may request a refund of your $20 deposit or you may choose to forfeit your deposit and help make it possible for the program to improve or purchase new equipment. Click THIS link to submit a refund request form.
Download a Fact Sheet with more details about the Motorcycle Safety Program and our classes.