The Northern Illinois University Motorcycle Safety Project offers FREE motorcycle rider education courses at several locations throughout Northern Illinois. These courses are offered free of charge to Illinois residents 16 years of age and older as a public service to help riders get licensed and to help improve motorcycle safety on the streets and highways of Illinois.
Visit the Registration page for more information on how to register for a course! There is a $20 refundable deposit (plus $3 non-refundable 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 with each of our training sites marked. Click on the map marker for the site where you are interested in taking the class for specific classroom location information.****
Registration for all course types is open through the end of June for all training site locations! Course schedules can be viewed on the Registration page. Please continue checking this page for registration dates for classes starting in July through the end of our training season.
We have scheduled a Basic RiderCourse for persons with hearing disabilities. It will be held at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, IL the weekend of May 27-29. Please contact OutreachRegistration@niu.edu for information on how to register for this course.
****(09/03) If you have a CDL and are taking the Basic RiderCourse or Intermediate RiderCourse please visit the FAQs page for important information regarding a recent change in federal standards.****
****06/05/2015 - We are now able to accept a TVDL (Temporary Visitor's Driver's License) for entry into our courses.****
Click a link below for more information about each course including rider gear requirements.
License Testing Waiver Courses:
Basic RiderCourseSM (BRC)
Riding Skill Improvement Courses:
Sidecar/Trike Course (3W)
Advanced RiderCourseSM (ARC)
Interested in becoming a certified Motorcycle Safety Foundation RiderCoachSM? CLICK HERE!
For questions about course registration please email: OutreachRegistration@niu.edu
For questions about RiderCourses not related to registration please email: MotorcycleSafety@niu.edu
You must be an Illinois resident to register.
- College of Lake County (CLC) - Grayslake, IL
- Elgin Community College (ECC) - Elgin, IL
- Highland Community College (HCC) - Freeport, IL
- James A Lovell Federal Healthcare Center (JAL) - North Chicago, IL
- Jefferson High School (JHS) - Rockford, IL
- McHenry County College (MCC) - Crystal Lake, IL
- Northern Illinois University (NIU) - DeKalb, IL
- Rock Valley College (RVC) - Rockford, IL
- South Beloit High School (SBHS) - South Beloit, IL
Classroom Location information can be found on the "LOCATIONS" link and then clicking on the map marker at the training site where you would like to attend a course.
Temporary Visitor's Driver's License (TVDL) - 06/05/2015 - We can now accept a TVDL for entry into our courses.