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.
****We have opened registration for courses from August 18 through the end of October at all training site locations. Please visit the Registration page to sign up for a course! Updated course schedules are available on the Registration page.****
****For training site and classroom location information 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.****
****Classes at the College of Lake County will meet in the University Center of Lake County, which is located on the Northeast side of the CLC campus, in rooms 131, 132, and 133 until the weekend of August 5-7.****
****Starting the weekend of August 12, classes at the College of Lake County (CLC) will begin meeting in the T wing, rooms 130 and 131. Click the Google Map link above for more information.****
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.
****(09/03/2015) 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.****