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.
****(10/18/2016) There are only two weekends of training left this year. We still have open seats at College of Lake County (Grayslake, IL), Highland Community College (Freeport, IL), and James A Lovell FHCC (North Chicago, IL). Visit the Registration page to register for a course at one of these sites. We also take walk-ins at all training sites. Get your training now and start 2017 riding, not waiting for your class.****
****(08/29/2016) Effective immediately, classes at the College of Lake County (CLC) will meet in the B wing, rooms 270 and 272. Click here for a floor plan of the main CLC campus building.****
(10/17/2016) There are several open seats in the Basic RiderCourse for this coming weekend, 10/21-10/23, at Highland Community College (Freeport, IL). Don't miss out on the opportunity to get this important training to learn how to ride a motorcycle. Visit the Registration page to register for this class!
****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.****
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
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.****