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Basic Rider Course

The Basic Rider Course (BRC) provides approximately 20 hours of classroom and on-motorcycle instruction. In this course, you will develop and practice four fundamental riding skills:

  1. Straight-line riding
  2. Turning
  3. Shifting
  4. Stopping

Once the basic skills are honed, you will expand into street-riding skills, including:

  • Advanced turning techniques
  • Advanced braking techniques
  • Swerving

You will also learn and practice the mental skills needed to develop street-riding strategies and the ability to navigate special situations.

Basic Rider Course Eligibility

Any Illinois resident (16 or older) who holds a valid driver's license or permit is eligible to register. All students must submit a signed Waiver or Release of Liability form at their first class . Students younger than 18 should have a waiver form signed by a parent or guardian and bring it with them to the first class. A parent or guardian must be present when a student younger than 18 checks in for the first class session.

Protective Clothing Requirements

In addition to the waiver mentioned above, participants should bring protective clothing.
The following items are required:

  • Sturdy, over-the-ankle footwear (not cloth or canvas; boots suggested)
  • Long pants
  • Long-sleeve shirt or jacket
  • Gloves that cover the entire hands
  • Protective eyewear (any type of glasses that can be worn while operating a motorcycle/driving)

Helmets and motorcycles will be provided. Students are welcome to bring their own DOT-approved three-quarter or full-face helmets.


A completion card will be mailed to all students who have successfully completed the Basic Rider Course. The BRC completion card will waive the Secretary of State motorcycle written and driving tests for those 18 and older. Students 16–17 years old will be able to apply for an “M” classification but are required to present the BRC completion card and take the written and riding tests at the Secretary of State Driver Services facility. The BRC completion card may also be used for insurance discounts, check with your insurance provider for additional details.

Registering for a Course

If you are interested in registering for the Basic Rider Course or would like more information, please contact your nearest Regional Center for registration instructions