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Motorcycle Rider Education, Training, & License Test Waivers

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The Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP) offers rider education programs for every level of rider. GMSP also promotes motorist awareness programs, Share the Road campaigns, and is focused on highway safety issues affecting Georgia motorcyclists. The GMSP directly operates 23 training sites throughout the state of Georgia. Rider training is popular and potentially life-saving. Without proper training, new riders are more likely to be involved in a crash. Experienced riders also can benefit from additional training to hone their crash-avoidance skills.

Rider Education

When you take a Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program Course you will receive professional training in risk management, motorcycle operation, and skilled riding techniques as well as earning a License Test Waiver (if you successfully complete a license test waiver course).

The License Test Waiver will allow you to bypass the knowledge test and the on-cycle test at a DDS Customer Service Center.

You may earn your Motorcycle License in the Basic Course and Experienced-License Waiver Course. A 90-day license test waiver is furnished to successful graduates. Courses are low-cost and provide professional training to assist riders in improving their skills in:

  • Effective turning
  • Traffic strategies
  • Braking maneuvers
  • Evasive Techniques
  • And more!

Basic Rider Course

  • 2-day Classroom and On-Cycle Training
  • For new & experienced riders
  • Motorcycle & helmet provided (at GMSP/DDS Training Centers)
  • Earn a Motorcycle License
  • $250.00: Enrollment fee (at GMSP/DDS Training Centers; see website for non-resident enrollment fee)

The Basic Course is the best way to earn your motorcycle license. With no experience necessary, it is designed for beginning riders with no previous riding experience. We also recommend this course for riders who have not been on a motorcycle for a while. It combines practice riding on a closed course with classroom discussion.

GMSP provides training motorcycles and helmets at our DDS locations (there are additional riding gear requirements for students). If you own a scooter, you may ride your own scooter, 51-350cc, in the course. But scooter students must call GMSP at 678-413-8400 after registering and inform staff of their intention to use a scooter so we can notify your Coach.

The Basic Course offers complete and professional training. You will learn how to operate a motorcycle safely, with emphasis on the special skills and mental attitudes necessary for dealing with traffic. GMSP Coaches will 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 characteristics, and how they operate.

The GMSP Coaches, all experienced motorcyclists, will advise you on what to wear for comfort, visibility 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 how to deal with critical situations. The course concludes with a knowledge test and an on-cycle skills evaluation.

Once you successfully complete the course, you will receive a 90-day motorcycle license waiver. To register, go to: www.dds.ga.gov, or call: 866-754-3687 or 678-413-8400.

Experienced Rider Course
– License Waiver

If you are an experienced rider, without a motorcycle license or have been riding on a permit, earn your license now.

  • 1-day Training
  • Ride your own bike
  • Earn a Motorcycle License with ERCLW course (some classroom)
  • $125.00 Enrollment fee (ERCLW) (at GMSP/DDS Training Centers; see website for non-resident enrollment fee)

To register, go to: www.dds.ga.gov, or call: 866-754-3687 or 678-413-8400.

Advanced Riders Course (ARC)

The ARC is a one-day course that complements a rider’s basic skills and helps with personal risk assessment. It focuses on the complex skills of self-assessment, personal risk management, and riding strategies.

The ARC includes a fast-paced classroom segment with several interactive activities to improve perception and hazard awareness. Range exercises enhance both basic skills and crash avoidance skills. Improving braking and cornering finesse is emphasized. The course is beneficial for riders on any type of street motorcycle. For details and a list of facts including required riding gear, visit https://online.dds.ga.gov/motorcycle/FactsForm.aspx.

To register, go to: www.dds.ga.gov, or call: 866-754-3687 or 678-413-8400.

Scooter Riders

Scooters have become a popular and sensible transportation option. Many people perceive them to be safer and easier to handle than a motorcycle. The reality is that any two-wheel vehicle takes a different skills set to maneuver our streets.

With that in mind, the GMSP welcomes scooter owners to participate in our License Waiver Basic and Experienced rider education courses. Scooter owners can now enroll their machine in a rider education program, and if successful, earn a license waiver.

Of course, there are a few rules.

  • Students use their own scooters. No scooters are provided.
  • The scooter must be owned, registered, and insured by the student.
  • The scooter must be street-legal and be more then 50cc and less than 351cc.
  • If the scooter is going to be ridden to and from class, a Class MP permit is required (note that some classes are held after dark and permit holders cannot ride after dark). Students can trailer the scooter to the training location.
  • Scooter students must call GMSP at 678-413-8400 after registering and inform staff of their intention to use a scooter, so we can notify your Coach.

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