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.****
****(10/06) College of Lake County - Classroom sessions will meet in the T-Wing rooms T130 and T131 effective immediately.****
****(09/28) We have concluded courses at Jefferson High School, Highland Community College, and South Beloit High School for the 2015 training season. Check back in January or February for the 2016 training schedules at those locations.****
****(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.****
There have been a large number of no-show students over the past few weeks leaving lots of seats available for walk-in students. We have classes until the end of October at the following training sites:
College of Lake County: Grayslake, IL
Elgin Community College: Elgin, IL
James A Lovell Federal Healthcare Center: North Chicago, IL
McHenry County College: Crystal Lake, IL
Northern Illinois University: DeKalb, IL
Rock Valley College, Rockford, IL
With only a few weekends left don't miss the opportunity to get into a class this year and start off the next riding season riding with your friends rather than waiting to take a class!
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:
Advanced RiderCourseSM (ARC)
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
You must be an Illinois resident to register.
Visit the Registration page to find a course at a location near you:
- 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.