A few words about the Basic or Intermediate RiderCourse completion card:

Completion cards for the Basic RiderCourse (BRC) and Intermediate RiderCourse (IRC) will be mailed after course completion. It may take up to four weeks after your course before it is mailed from our office depending on workload and staffing. Course dates, projected mailing dates and actual mailing dates are listed in the table below. Check often to see when cards for your course have been mailed. The completion card used for the BRC and IRC are the same card and will say "BEGINNER RIDER COURSE STUDENT COMPLETION CARD" at the top of the card.

The completion card is good for one year from date of issue, which would be the last day of your BRC or IRC. The card should waive both the written and riding tests at the Secretary of State’s office.  There may be instances when you are required to take one or both of their tests for various reasons. The card is yours to keep and while many people laminate their card do not do so until after you have completed the licensing process.

We will strive to get the course completion cards mailed as soon as possible after a course. While we have taken all possible steps to make the course paperwork delivery process as efficient as possible it can still take up to a week before the paperwork from your course can start being processed.

Please allow four weeks from the last day of your course before contacting the office. If you do not receive your card in exactly four weeks after the last day of your course, please contact our office via the email address that should be provided during class. Please do not contact the Project office before that four week period.  Phone calls and email about completion cards slow down the processing of course paperwork. If you call the Project office seeking information about your completion card, in order to better serve you, please have your specific course information at hand (such as course number, location and/or dates).

Be aware that Northern Illinois University requests return service on all mail, which means that if your mail is being forwarded or you have a hold in place, the post office will return your card to the Project. If your card is returned to us, we will attempt to contact you via email to verify your mailing address.

Lost Card

A lost completion card can be replaced for up to one year from original date of issue. Please contact the Project office MotorcycleSafety@niu.edu to request a copy of the necessary form. There is a $15 handling fee. The course completion date will be listed as the date of issue on the replacement card not the date the replacement card is issued.

Completion Card Mailing Schedule

Below is the projected mailing schedule for course completion cards.

Weekend Course Dates 

Cards Will be Mailed No Later Than:


March 26 - 29 Monday, April 20
April 2 - 5 Monday, April 27
April 9 - 12 Monday, May 4
April 16 - 19 Monday, May 11
April 23 - 26 Monday, May 18
April 30 - May 3 *Tuesday, May 26 - NIU Closed May 25
May 7 - 10 Monday, June 1
May 14 - 17 Monday, June 8
May 21 - 24 Monday, June 15
May 28 - May 31 Monday, June 22
June 4 - 7 Monday, June 29
June 11 - 14 Monday, July 6
June 18 - 21 Monday, July 13
June 25 - 28 Monday, July 20
July 9 - 12 Monday, August 3
July 16 - 19 Monday, August 10
July 23 - 26 Monday, August 17
July 30 - August 2 Monday, August 24
August 6 - 9 Monday, August 31
August 13 - 16 Tuesday, September 8 - NIU Closed Sept 7
August 20 - 23 Monday, September 14
August 27 - 30 Monday, September 21
September 4 - 6 Monday, September 28
September 11 - 13 Monday, October 5
September 18 - 20 Monday, October 12
September 25 - 27 Monday, October 19
October 2 - 4 Monday, October 26
October 9 - 11 Monday, November 2
October 16 - 18 Monday, November 9
October 23 - 25 Monday, November 16
October 30 - November 1 Monday, November 23