Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)
How much does it cost?
Both the BRC, ERC, IRC, and TRC are free of charge but do require a $20 refundable deposit to guarantee your seat in a class.
Am I eligible to take the class?
You must be at least 16 years of age, be either a temporary or permanent resident of Illinois, and possess a valid learners permit or license for some form of motor vehicle.
For riders with at least a year of riding experience that have their own motorcycle and hold a valid motorcycle license, we also offer Experienced Rider Courses (ERC).
Do I need a motorcycle?
BRC, IRC: No, our program provides motorcycles, helmets, insurance, and professional instruction.
ERC, TRC: Yes, you will need to provide your own motorcycle/trike for the course.
What if I don't show up for class or I'm late?
A standby or walk-in student will be admitted to class in your place and you will lose your deposit.
Do I get a motorcycle license when I'm done with class?
Those who successfully complete the BRC/IRC course will be issued a completion card from the Illinois Cycle Rider Safety Training Program. This BRC/IRC completion card will enable 16 and 17 year olds to apply for an M classification on their driver license. Persons 18 years of age or older who successfully complete the course will have the written and riding examination waived at the driver services facility. You still must go to the Secretary of State's office to get your license.
What kinds of things are covered in the classes?
Basic riding skills like starting, stopping, turning, and shifting. Strategies for street riding. Advanced techniques in turning, braking, and swerving.
What if I'm not really interested in buying a motorcycle?
Non-motorcyclists can benefit from these courses by learning on a first-hand basis what a motorcyclist experiences and the necessity for developing respect for all vehicles on the highway.
How long are the classes?
The BRC consists of 20 hours of instruction, usually 6-9:30pm Friday, 8am-6pm Saturday and Sunday. The IRC consists of approximately 9 hours of instruction, usually 8am-5:30pm on Saturday or Sunday.
The ERC/TRC consists of 8 hours of instruction, usually 9am-6pm.