The Northern Illinois University Motorcycle Safety Project offers FREE motorcycle rider education courses at 11 locations throughout Northern Illinois. There is a $20 refundable deposit (plus $3 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.****
****Due to a change in base security, we are no longer able to accept walk-in students in courses at Fort Philip Sheridan. Additionally, ALL pre-registered students will be required to show a valid driver's license to gain access to the facility.****
****As of 04/08/2015, the classroom location at the James A Lovell Federal Healthcare Center has been changed to Building 135, room 144 (one floor up from the ground floor). The site marker on the Google map (linked above) reflects the new classroom location.****
****Due to unforeseen circumstances, the classroom sessions for classes scheduled at Jefferson High School (JHS) in Rockford are being held at Rock Valley College (RVC) in Rockford. Please visit the Google Map linked to above for location information. If you are going to try to get into the class at Jefferson High School as a walk-in, you must go to Rock Valley College.****
Available seats by training site from classes starting 05/15/2015
Northern Illinois University, DeKalb - took 5 walk-ins, had seats for 8 more students
McHenry County College, Crystal Lake - took 5 walk-ins, had seats for 1 more student
Elgin Community College, Elgin - took 14 walk-ins (4 in the Thursday class, 10 in the Friday class), had seats for 0 more students in the Thursday class and 0 in the Friday class
Rock Valley College, Rockford - took 8 walk-ins, had seats for 4 more students
James A Lovell Healthcare Center, North Chicago - took 15 walk-ins, had seats for 0 more students.
Don't believe when people tell you it's impossible to get into a class! We had seats for 13 more students last week.
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:
Basic RiderCourse2SM/Experienced RiderCourse (BRC2/ERC)
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
- Fort Phillip Sheridan (FPS) - Fort Sheridan, 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) - At this time we cannot take anyone into a class who holds a TVDL. We will post updated information when it becomes available.