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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 which shows all of our locations and has classroom location information.****

****(08/11) College of Lake County - Classroom sessions will meet in the T-Wing rooms T232 and T234 effective immediately.****

****(08/03) There are a good number of openings in the Advanced RiderCourse classes scheduled for August 29 and 30 at the College of Lake County. Please visit the Registration page to register for either of those dates, or come as a walk-in! Don't miss out on the last opportunity this year to participate in a great learning experience which will further enhance your riding skills!****

****(06/22) The classroom sessions for classes scheduled at Jefferson High School (JHS) will meet in the portable office in back of the school. Enter the school at Bonanza Way from 35th St. DO NOT enter the school to find the classroom.****

****06/05/2015 - We are now able to accept a TVDL (Temporary Visitor's Driver's License) for entry into our courses.****

****(08/18) 8 students are needed as a minimum number to conduct a course. Classes with fewer than 8 will have to be cancelled. As you can see, there are plenty of available seats at several of our training sites including:****

Available Seats as of 08/18/2015:

Course Start Date Highland Community College Jefferson High School South Beloit High School
08/28/2015 1 3 No Class
09/04/2015 9 4 6
09/11/2015 10 No Class 10
09/18/2015 9 10 6
09/25/2015 12 10 - Last class for 2015 12
10/02/2015 12 10
10/09/2015 12 12 - Last class for 2015
10/16/2015 12
10/23/2015 10
10/30/2015 12 - Last class for 2015

Available seats by training site from classes starting 08/13/2015:

Northern Illinois University, DeKalb - took 6 walk-ins, had room for 0 more student(s).

Highland Community College, Freeport - took 1 walk-in, had room for 1 more student(s).

McHenry County College, Crystal Lake - took 3 walk-ins, had room for 2 more student(s).

College of Lake County, Grayslake - took 6 walk-ins, had room for 6 more student(s).

Elgin Community College, Elgin - took 8 walk-ins (6 in the Thursday class, 2 in the Friday class), had room for 0 more student(s) in the Thursday class and 3 in the Friday class.

Rock Valley College, Rockford - took 1 walk-ins, had room for 1 more student(s).

Jefferson High School, Rockford, IL - took 3 walk-ins (2 in the Thursday class, 1 in the Friday class), had room for 1 more student(s) in the Thursday class and 2 in the Friday class.

James A Lovell Healthcare Center, North Chicago - took 5 walk-ins, had room for 1 more student(s).

South Beloit high School, South Beloit - Class did not run. Could have held 12 students.

We had room for 29 more students this past weekend with 33 (23%) of our students being walk-ins. Why not take a chance to get into a course as a walk-in? Visit the Registration page for more information on the walk-in process. Better yet, register for a class and have a guaranteed spot!

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

Course Registration

You must be an Illinois resident to register.

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