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Act 84 Changes Affecting Teens Applying for Motorcycle Licenses

teen-motorcycleAs of Friday, Aug. 31 2012, a new law takes effect that impacts 16- and 17-year-olds who wish to take the skills test for their motorcycle licenses.

Under Act 84, which Governor Corbett signed on July 2, any person 16- or 17-years old who wants a motorcycle license must first complete the Basic Rider Course (BRC) offered by the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program (PAMSP). You will be covered by this change if you are scheduled for the motorcycle skills test on Friday Aug. 31 or thereafter.

The PAMSP Basic Rider Course is free for Pennsylvania residents. It provides an introduction to the fundamentals of safe and responsible operation of a motorcycle and consists of 15 hours of classroom and riding instruction, five hours in the classroom and 10 hours on the course. Participants in the Basic Rider Course are supplied with motorcycles and helmets.

Before they can take the licensing test, 16- and 17-year-olds must remain on the learner’s permit for six months and complete 65 hours of on-the-road training. Persons under 18 years of age also must show the DL-180C form signed by the parent or guardian that attests to the 65 hours of training being completed. The 15 hours of PAMSP training counts toward the 65-hour on-the-road requirement.

Persons completing the PAMSP course will be issued a certification card and, if they have met the sixmonth and 65-hour requirement, can take the licensing skills test as part of the PAMSP training. Those who complete the training, but have not yet spent six months on the permit or completed the entire onthe-road training requirement, will have to wait until those two requirements are met before they can test. Once eligible, they should again contact PAMSP prior to expiration of their permit to schedule a final ride, which consists of the last five hours of training leading to the skills test. Please note that because of safety concerns, training is not available between November and March.

To register for training and find the nearest training location, please visit the PAMSP website at www.pamsp.com or call 1-800-845-9533, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon. There are nearly 70 training sites across the state.

For frequently asked questions, please click here.
Forms and Publications
Motorcycle Safety Program Fact Sheet
Motorcycle Operator’s Manual (Online version contains sample test questions and answers.)
DL-180C Parent or Guardian Certification of Driving Experience
DL-180TD Parent or Guardian Consent (needed in conjunction with DL-180 for applicants under 18 years of age)

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