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West Virginia Motorcycle Safety Program Frequent Asked Questions

Which course should I take?
What is the Basic RiderCourse?
What equipment is provided or required to take the BRC?
What is the Basic RiderCourse2 with License Waiver?
What is the Basic RiderCourse2 Skills Plus?
What equipment is provided for the BRC2?
Do I have to take the DMV test after I take the class?
When is the next class scheduled?
How do I enroll?
What if I don't have a credit card or an email address?
How much will it cost?
What else should I know?
Important Note
Site Manager Contact Information

Q: Which course should I take?
A: WVSMP offers three nationally recognized Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) courses in our training program. Please make sure you are enrolling in the appropriate course for your needs.

If you have never ridden a motorcycle, or have taken some time off from riding and are getting back into it, and you need to obtain your motorcycle license endorsement, then the Basic RiderCourse is most likely the course for you.

If you need to obtain your motorcycle license endorsement and are an experienced rider then the Basic RiderCourse2 Skills Plus with License Waiver Test is most likely the course for you.

If you already have your motorcycle license endorsement and desire to refresh your riding skills then the Basic RiderCourse2 Skills Plus course is most likely the course for you.

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Q: What is the Basic RiderCourse?
A: The Basic RiderCourse (BRC) is aimed at beginning riders of all ages. A minimum of five hours classroom instruction prepares the student for at least ten hours of practical riding in a controlled, off-street environment, typically a parking lot. Motorcycles and helmets are included in your course fee.

You MUST have a learners permit to enroll in this course!

In this course, you'll learn how to operate a motorcycle safely, with a lot of emphasis on the special skills and mental attitude necessary for dealing with traffic.

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation certifies your RiderCoaches. They'll start you off with straight-line riding, turning, shifting and stopping. You'll gradually progress to cornering, swerving and emergency braking. In the classroom you'll learn about the different types of motorcycles, their controls, and how they operate. The RiderCoaches, all experienced motorcyclists, will advise you on what to wear for comfort and protection. You'll find out how alcohol and other drugs affect your ability to ride safely. A very important segment of the course will show you how to create your own strategy for riding in traffic, and dealing with critical situations. The course concludes with a knowledge test and skill evaluation. You'll smile with satisfaction as the RiderCoach hands you the course completion card.

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Q: What equipment is provided or required to take the BRC?
A: The WVMSP provides training motorcycles and loaner helmets for the BRC, but you will need the following personal clothing/equipment:

  • Eye protection (Sunglasses, prescription glasses are acceptable)
  • Long sleeves
  • Sturdy full-fingered gloves
  • Long pants
  • Sturdy footwear that completely covers the ankle (no canvas sneakers)
  • If you bring your own helmet it must be certified by the manufacturer to meet DOT specifications
  • It is recommended that you bring some drinking water and light snack

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Q: What is the Basic RiderCourse2 with License Waiver?
A: Basic RiderCourse2 (BRC2) Skills Plus WITH LICENSE WAIVER

You MUST have a valid driver's license to enroll in this course!

Even if you've been riding for some time, there's always something new to learn. Increasing numbers of seasoned riders are flocking to the half-day Basic RiderCourse2 to hone their skills and fine-tune the mental skills needed for survival in traffic.

You'll discuss with your peers how to balance the mental and physical aspects of safe riding, manage risk, increase visibility and optimize your lane position. The 'Basic RiderCourse2' also covers protective gear, rider responsibility, motorcycle inspection and care, the effects of alcohol and other drugs on riding, and includes an optional skill evaluation and knowledge test. Using your own motorcycle, you'll put into practice the techniques of managing traction, stopping quickly, cornering and swerving.

If you enroll for the BRC2 Skills Plus with License Waiver Test you will receive your license waiver (to waive the skills test at the DMV) upon successful completion of the course and test.

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Q: What is the Basic RiderCourse2 Skills Plus?
A: Basic RiderCourse2 (BRC2) Skills Plus is the BRC2 License Waiver course without the license skills test at the end.

Even if you've been riding for some time, there's always something new to learn. Increasing numbers of seasoned riders are flocking to the half-day Basic RiderCourse2 to hone their skills and fine-tune the mental skills needed for survival in traffic.

You'll discuss with your peers how to balance the mental and physical aspects of safe riding, manage risk, increase visibility and optimize your lane position. The 'Basic RiderCourse2' also covers protective gear, rider responsibility, motorcycle inspection and care, the effects of alcohol and other drugs on riding, and includes an optional skill evaluation and knowledge test. Using your own motorcycle, you'll put into practice the techniques of managing traction, stopping quickly, cornering and swerving.

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Q: What equipment is provided for the BRC2?
The WVMSP does NOT provide training motorcycles and loaner helmets for the BRC2, you will need the following personal clothing/equipment:

  • Your helmet must be certified by the manufacturer to meet DOT specifications
  • Eye protection (Sunglasses, prescription glasses are acceptable)
  • Long sleeves
  • Sturdy full-fingered gloves
  • Long pants
  • Sturdy footwear that completely covers the ankle (no canvas sneakers)
  • If you bring
  • It is recommended that you bring some drinking water and light snack
The RiderCoach will have final say on approving safety equipment. If you do not bring appropriate equipment you will not be permitted to participate in the course.

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Q: Do I have to take the DMV test after I take the class?
A: If you satisfactorily complete the class you will receive a MSF Completion Card, which may be used as a skills test waiver at the WV DMV. You will still have to pass the written test at the DMV.

The MSF Completion Card issued by WVMSP is recognized by Ohio.

The MSF Completion Card issued by WVMSP is NOT recognized MD, PA or VA.
You should take your MSF Completion Card to the WV DMV immediately to obtain your license endorsement.

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Q: When is the next class scheduled?
A: To find the next available class near you follow the links from this website's navigation bar "Find A Course" link at the top of the screen to begin the process, it will ask for your Zip Code and find available courses near you.

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Q: How do I enroll?
A: The best way to enroll is using the WVMSP website's on-line enrollment system follow the links from this website's navigation bar "Find A Course" link at the top of the screen to begin the process. You will need a credit card (not a debit card) and an email address to enroll.

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Q: What if I don't have a credit card or an email address?
A: You may call the WVMSP Cal Center to enroll at 866-355-9399

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Q: How much will it cost?
A: These are the current course fees

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Class WV Resident Non-Resident
Basic RiderCourse $100.00 $225.00
Basic RiderCourse
Re-entering student
$100.00 $225.00
Basic RiderCourse2
License Waiver Course
$100.00 $225.00
Basic RiderCourse2
Skills Plus Course
$100.00 $225.00

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Q: What else should I know?
A: In order to help keep cost down the program has established the following rules regarding fees:

  • Classes must be paid for by credit card at the time they are scheduled
  • Fees are non-refundable unless you cancel your registration at least 10 days before the class-start date. You may reschedule a class within 5-10 days of the start date.
  • Unscheduled students (walk-ins) may attend on a space available basis and must pay the appropriate fee with a money order.
  • If you are dismissed from class for cause you will not receive a refund. Dismissal for cause is defined below.
    • Not showing up for a scheduled classroom or riding session.
    • Arriving late for a classroom or riding session.
    • Showing up with out the above listed personal clothing/equipment
    • Leaving before a regular classroom or riding session
    • Committing an intentional unsafe act
    • Disrupting class or acting in any manner that prevents other students from receiving the training for which they have paid.

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A final and important note: The RiderCoaches who will be working with you are well trained and want you to succeed. The BRC is designed to teach beginning riders the fundamentals of motorcycle operation. But, many factors may affect the ability of some students to be successful in the time allotted for the course. If, in the opinion of the RiderCoach, a student becomes a danger to him or herself or to others that student will be counseled to return at another time.
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AFTER YOU HAVE ENROLLED, should you need to contact the local training site to reschedule or have any questions answered you may contact the specific Site Manager:

Site Contact Phone Number Hours
Martinsburg Bill Freeman 304-707-2728 8:00AM-6:00PM
Glen Dale Jennifer Foster 304-281-4689 8:00AM-6:00PM
Parkersburg Jay Hambrick 304-483-0625 8:00AM-6:00PM
Morgantown Rick Chapin 304-296-1954 8:00AM-6:00PM
Shady Spring Rebecca Thomas 304-890-6920 8:00AM-6:00PM
Elkins Mary Ann Heaster 304-269-0338 8:00AM-6:00PM
S. Charleston Kim Oldaker 307-593-0390 8:00AM-6:00PM
Franklin Donnie Hale 304-203-6784 8:00AM-6:00PM
Romney Donnie Hale 304-203-6784 8:00AM-6:00PM

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