Motorcycle Safety

Motorcycle Safety Schedule

Classes for the novice and experienced rider are offered in conjunction with the Secretary of State from March through September. Motorcycles are provided for student instruction for basic classes only. Course length varies, depending on the skill level. Upon successful completion of one of these courses, you will be given a completion card that the Secretary of State recognizes to waive the riding skills test required for a cycle endorsement. Note: If you fail the State skills test twice, or if you are under 18 years of age and fail our Basic Rider Course 2 – For Experienced Riders, the Secretary of State office requires you to take the Basic Rider Course.

COURSE FEE for all motorcycle classes is $50. Courses are non-refundable and non-transferable.

AGE REQUIREMENTS: Students under the age of 18 are allowed to take the Basic Rider, 3-Wheel Basic Rider, or Basic Rider Course 2 – For Experienced Riders courses starting at age 15 if they have a valid graduated driver’s license. A parent or guardian must accompany the student to the first class meeting; parent signatures are required on some documents.

Basic Rider Course | Web Enhanced ePackage 1 -One Weekend - All Classes Are Full

Web Enhanced - One weekend - Auburn Hills Campus | Parking Lot 10

  • HFHD-1033-T1609 - April 12, 13, 14, 2024 - Registration Closed
  • HFHD-1033-T1610 - April 19, 20, 21, 2024 - Registration Closed
  • HFHD-1033-T1611 - April 26, 27, 28, 2024 - Registration Closed
  • HFHD-1033-T1612 - May 3, 4, 5, 2024 - Registration Closed
  • HFHD-1033-T1613 - May 17, 18, 19, 2024 - Registration Closed
  • HFHD-1033-T1614 - May 31, June 1, 2, 2024 - Registration Closed
  • HFHD-1033-T1615 -  June 7, 8, 9, 2024 - Registration Closed
  • HFHD-1033-T1616 - June 21, 22, 23, 2024 - Registration Closed


This course is designed for someone who has little or no experience operating a motorcycle, and it focuses on the development of basic riding skills:  clutch and throttle coordination, straight-line riding, braking, turning, and shifting. Training motorcycles are provided. Privately owned motorcycles are NOT permitted. Successful completion results in a certificate that waives the written knowledge test and riding-skill test, which would otherwise be administered by the Secretary of State and third-party testing agency, respectively. Class meets Friday, 6 pm to 8 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 am-8:00 pm. You need to be available during the 12-hour period, but are not expected to be on site the entire time. Group A will ride in the morning, and Group B will ride in the afternoon.  You will be assigned the first night of class.

Instruction consists of approximately 16 total hours: 5 hours of online preparation to be completed prior to your class start date and 11 hours of hands on training, activities and evaluation.


Ability to ride a bicycle and have a valid email address on file with the College. Students must complete the MSF ePackage 1 eCourse (online component) and bring the certificate of completion to the first in-person session. The link to the eCourse will be distributed by the College via email at least 1 week prior to the start date of your class. If you have not received an email by this time, please call (248) 232-4167 or (248) 232-4150. 

Basic Rider Course | 2 - For Experienced Riders - All Classes Are Full

One day -  Auburn Hills Campus | Parking Lot 10

  • HFHD-1017-T1013 - May 11, 2024 - Registration Closed
  • HFHD-1017-T1014 -  June 15, 2024 - Registration Closed

This one day course is designed for the experienced, but unendorsed rider to become licensed and legal, or for already endorsed riders to refresh and improve their skills. This course is NOT designed for beginning riders. Students must demonstrate competency with basic operational skills and pass the Level 1 written test during the screening exercises in order to continue in the course. If it’s determined a rider needs additional skill development before proceeding, the rider will be referred to the Basic Rider Course (no refunds; no transfers). Topics include: speed control, braking & stopping, counter steering, cornering, hazard avoidance and other techniques necessary for the experienced rider to operate a motorcycle skillfully and safely. Each student must provide their own motorcycle and riding gear. Sharing is not allowed. Scooters will be allowed in this course. The cycle must be titled, properly registered, and display a valid license plate. Each student must provide proof of insurance and the bike must pass a safety inspection. Successful completion allows a student to waive the Secretary of State written and riding skills tests. Class meets 8 am to 6 pm with a break for lunch. You must be on time.


Ability to ride a bicycle.

The following protective clothing/gear are required for all Motorcycle classes on the first day of class.

No sharing of gear/clothing/equipment.

  • Helmet: Wear a DOT-approved helmet.
  • Eye protection: Goggles or glasses (no face shields – they make it harder to hear instructions).
  • Long sleeve jacket or heavy shirt: Arms must be covered while riding. It is best to dress in layers according to the weather; the outermost layer must have long sleeves.
  • Long pants: Long pants only – no shorts! We suggest jeans; man-made materials can melt when exposed to heat from engines or exhaust pipes.
  • Gloves: Any gloves will do, as long as they fit your hand and are full-fingered.
  • Boots or heavy shoes: Your ankles must be covered. A shoe or boot with a six-inch top is fine. No high heels or high-top tennis shoes are permitted.
  • Pen or pencil.
  • Optional: rain gear; sunscreen
  • Water and snacks

Refund Policy

The $50 Course Fee is Non-Refundable and Non-Transferable

If after starting a class, we have to cancel it due to inclement weather, the class will be made up the following Tuesday and Thursday weather permitting.
Instructors/Equipment: All instructors are certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and are approved by the Michigan Department of Education.
Motorcycles are furnished for all classes except for the Basic Rider Course 2 – For Experienced Riders. Riders are required to furnish their own helmets, gloves, over-the-ankle boots, heavy-duty pants, jacket and rain or cold weather gear. THIS EQUIPMENT IS REQUIRED FOR ALL RANGE ACTIVITIES. NO SHARING OF GEAR OR EQUIPMENT.

Within each of the class sections (time frames) you will receive approximately 18-20 hours of instruction excluding the Basic Rider Course 2 – For Experienced Riders. Each section number represents one class, i.e., the class meets on all days listed with each section number. You must be on time for your class or you may be denied admission.