07/21/2021 More course sections have been opened for registration and more will be coming as they are confirmed with training sites and become fully staffed. People do drop their course section from time to time and those spots become immediately available for registration. The quickest way to find an open spot is by using the "Search for Courses" function and entering "motorcycle" in the search box.
BRC and 3WBRC course sections which meet on or after August 16 are currently scheduled as fully in-person courses. Most course sections will have a 4-hour weeknight session in addition to Saturday and Sunday meeting times. Our Chicago North and Chicago South locations will have the 4-hour weeknight session and then meet for two consecutive Sundays.
06/10/2021: There is a scam currently making its way around the internet in which the claim is being made that your driver's license information needs to be updated with IDOT. THIS IS A SCAM Do not click the link. IDOT does not administer driver's licenses in Illinois, they are administered by the Secretary of State's office.
The Motorcycle Program office may, on occasion, reach out to students to verify information, but that contact will come from a harpercollege.edu email address or a phone number that starts with 847-925-####. We will not ask you to click a link to verify information.
We are offering 3-wheel Basic RiderCourses at the Chicago Heights, Lake Villa, and Palatine training site locations.
To minimize in-person contact hours, we will continue to use the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Basic eCourse for all Basic RiderCourse (BRC), Basic RiderCourse2 (BRC2), and 3-wheel Basic RiderCourse classes. Access to the eCourse is granted after registering for a course through our website
Please note that eCourse access information is not sent as part of an automated system; one of our office staff has to process and send it manually. In most cases that information will be sent within 30 days of the first in-person session of your course. If you do not see an email with the word "eCourse" in the subject line in your inbox, check your junk mail or spam folder for it.
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 Safety 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.
Almost all answers to your questions can be found on this website. However, if you find that your question is not answered please feel free to email us.
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 the Basic RiderCourse2 (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.
- Motorcycles are provided for BRC, BRC2, and 3WBRC classes.
Download a Fact Sheet with more details about the Motorcycle Safety Program and our classes.
Completion Card Information
Course completion cards can take up to four weeks to process and mail out and are valid as a testing waiver with the Illinois Secretary of State's office for up to one year from the original date of issue (last day of your class). Course completion cards are not a license to ride, you must go to your local Secretary of State's office to have the motorcycle classification added to your driver's license.
Please see this document for completion card mailing date information.
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 presence of a course instructor by the participant and parent/guardian if the participant is a minor, additionally if a parent/guardian of a minor cannot be present at the first course session the waivers can be signed and notorized and brought to class.
- 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
All students must comply with the Required Riding Gear requirements and will also be required to wear a mask while inside any building or classroom trailer. If you are fully vaccinated a mask is not required outdoors unless social distancing cannot be maintained. 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.