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The Northern Illinois University Motorcycle Safety Project offers FREE motorcycle rider education courses at 11 locations throughout Northern Illinois. There is a $20 refundable deposit (plus $3 handling fee) required for pre-registration. Although a course may show that it is "SOLD OUT" we do take walk-in registrations in all of our courses. Please read about that process on the Registration page.


****Click HERE for a Google map which shows all of our locations and has classroom location information.****

****As of 04/08/2015, the classroom location at the James A Lovell Federal Healthcare Center has been changed to Building 135, room 44. The site marker on the Google map (linked above) reflects the new classroom location.****

****There are numerous openings for walk-ins at the James A Lovell Federal Healthcare Center for this coming weekend! Please visit the Google Map linked to above for specific location information!****

****There are 9 seats available in the Advanced RiderCourse April 19 on the NIU campus in DeKalb.****

Classes on the campus of Northern Illinois University for this coming weekend will be held in McMurry Hall, which can be accessed through walkways on the second floor of Wirtz Hall (our normal classroom building). The Basic RiderCourse will meet in Room 201 and the Advanced RiderCourses will meet in Room 208.


Registration is now open for all training site locations and all course types. Please visit the Registration tab at the top of the page to register for a course!

We are scheduling a class for the hearing impaired to take place at McHenry County College May 22-24. Registration will be restricted to hearing impaired persons. Please call 1-800-345-9472 to register.

Training Courses

Click a link below for more information about each course including rider gear requirements.

License Testing Waiver Courses:

Basic RiderCourseSM (BRC)

Intermediate RiderCourseSM (IRC)

Riding Skill Improvement Courses:

Basic RiderCourse2SM/Experienced RiderCourse (BRC2/ERC)

Three-Wheel Motorcycle Course

Advanced RiderCourseSM (ARC)

RiderCoachSM Preparation

Training to earn a Motorcycle Safety Foundation RiderCoachSM credential

For questions about course registration please email: OutreachRegistration@niu.edu

For questions about RiderCourses not related to registration please email: MotorcycleSafety@niu.edu - The issue with this email account since the middle of December, 2014 has been resolved. If you sent us an email between December and yesterday please resend and we will answer you as promptly as we can. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Course Registration

You must be an Illinois resident to register.

Visit the Registration page to find a course at a location near you: