Which course should I take?

The NMMSP offers two nationally recognized Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) RiderCourses 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/or you need to obtain your motorcycle license endorsement, then the Basic RiderCourse (BRC) is most likely the course for you.

If you already have your motorcycle license endorsement, or learner's permit, and desire to refresh your riding skills then the Basic RiderCourse 2 is most likely the course for you.

What if I am under the age of 18 years?

All applicants for a motorcycle endorsement that are under the age of 18 years are required by NM State law to attend and complete the Basic RiderCourse. In addition, all students under the age of 18 must have their parent or legal guardian present at the first class session to sign all applicable waivers and course paperwork.

What paperwork and/or course waivers must I sign before taking a RiderCourse?

You will be required to sign both a course Ground Rules form and a Motorcycle Safety Course Waiver and Indemnification form on the first day of the course. If you are under the age of 18 years, you MUST have a parent or legal guardian present at the first class session to also sign the applicable forms. If you wish to review the forms before the class begins, both of the required forms will show as attachments to the confirmation page that you will see when you finish your course registration

What must I bring with me to the first classroom session?

Every student (and parent or legal guardian for under 18 students) must bring a State or Federal picture ID with them to class. Federal IDs would include passports, military ID, or federal government agency IDs. State IDs would include driver's license, state agency ID, or MVD picture ID (for students that may not have a driver's license at this time). School or retail outlet picture IDs are NOT acceptable.

If your class requires the Basic eCourse; print out and bring your completion certificate. (Certificate completion date must be within 30 days of the start date of your class.)

Each student will be given a Rider Handbook that includes pages for taking notes, but you may wish to bring your own notepaper as well. Pencils/pens/highliters will be provided.

What is the Basic RiderCourse?

The Basic RiderCourse (BRC) is aimed at beginning riders of all ages. Approximately five to eight hours classroom-style instruction, which may include (at some sites) the Basic eCourse, prepares the student for the approximately ten hours of practical riding in a controlled, off-street environment, typically a parking lot. Motorcycles and helmets are included in your course fee. In this course, you'll learn how to operate a motorcycle safely, with emphasis on the special skills and mental attitude necessary for dealing with traffic.

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation certifies our 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.

What equipment is provided or required to take the BRC?

The NMMSP provides training motorcycles and loaner helmets for the BRC, but you will need the other personal clothing/equipment listed below. When seated on the motorcycle and with normal riding posture, your personal clothing/equipment must cover all skin below your neck (no gaps, tears, rips or openings) and includes the following:
  • Helmet (if you have one that meets DOT standards)
  • Eye protection (impact resistant lenses/face shields)
  • Long sleeved shirt/jacket and long pants (of sturdy material that will hold up in a slide)
  • Sturdy gloves that completely cover the hand and fingers
  • Sturdy over the ankle footwear with non-slip soles that completely covers the ankle bone (motorcycle boots, work boots or athletic shoes/hiking boots are acceptable, but no thin canvas "tennis shoes") .
It is recommended that you bring some drinking water, sunscreen lotion and light snacks

What is the Basic RiderCourse 2?

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 RiderCourse 2 to hone their skills and fine-tune the mental skills needed for survival in traffic

You MUST have a valid motorcycle endorsement to your driver's license or a motorcycle learner's permit to enroll in this RiderCourse. 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 BRC2 also covers protective gear, rider responsibility, motorcycle inspection and care, and the effects of alcohol and other drugs on riding. Using your own motorcycle, you'll put into practice the techniques of managing traction, stopping quickly, cornering and swerving.

What equipment is provided for the BRC2?

The NMMSP does NOT provide training motorcycles for the BRC 2 and you will need personal clothing/equipment. When seated on the motorcycle and with normal riding posture, your personal clothing/equipment must cover all skin below your neck (no gaps, tears, rips or openings) and includes the following:
  • Helmet (if you have one that meets DOT standards; if not, loan helmets are available)
  • Eye protection (impact resistant lenses/face shields)
  • Long sleeved shirt/jacket and long pants (of sturdy material that will hold up in a slide)
  • Sturdy gloves that completely cover the hand and fingers
  • Sturdy over the ankle footwear with non-slip soles that completely covers the ankle bone (motorcycle boots, work boots or athletic shoes/hiking boots are acceptable, but no thin canvas "tennis shoes" please)

It is recommended that you bring some drinking water, sunscreen lotion and light snacks

The RiderCoach will have final say on approving your safety equipment. If you do not bring appropriate equipment you will not be permitted to participate in the course and you will not receive a refund.

Your motorcycle must be street legal, insured and registered in your name (or if registered to someone else, you must have a NOTARIZED letter of permission from the registered owner allowing you to use the motorcycle in this training course).

Do I have to take the NMMVD test after I take the BRC class?

If you satisfactorily complete the BRC you will receive a MSF BRC Completion Card, which may be used as a skills test and written test waiver at the NMMVD. The BRC 2 completion card is NOT a motorcycle license test waiver for the NMMVD.

When is the next class scheduled?

How do I enroll?

The best way to enroll is using the NMMSP on-line enrollment system. You will need a debit/credit card or Pay Pal account, driver's license (unless you are under the age of 18 years) and an email address to enroll.

What if I don't have a credit card or an email address?

You may call the NMMSP Call Center to enroll at 877-667-8880 or 505-338-2054.

How much will it cost?

These are the current course fees:
Class Student Fee
Basic RiderCourse (age 18 and up) $200.00
Basic RiderCourse (under age 18) $100.00
Basic RiderCourse 2 (all ages)     $75.00

What if I don't pass the class?

Students that are not successful in their first class are defined as return students if they meet one or more of the following criteria:
  • Do not pass the written or skills evaluations
  • Are counseled out of the class for being unable to meet objectives (and/or maintain a safe environment), or
  • Students that do not feel competent to safely continue the class

Return students are allowed a one-time opportunity to attend a second class on a space available/walk-in basis for no fee. A Return Student Authorization Form will be provided by the NMMSP Office to all return students. Return students may show up for any scheduled classroom session (with the Form in hand) and, if there is an opening, join that class for no additional fee. This option is only allowed within 60 days of the original class start date. Space available returns are strictly first-come/first-served, so return students are urged to show up early for the classroom session.

May I use my personal motorcycle in the Basic RiderCourse?

Personal motorcycles are only allowed in the Basic RiderCourse if they have been modified for a specific physical challenge, are street legal, are insured, are safe to operate and have been approved in advance by the NMMSP Program Manager.

May I use my personal scooter in the Basic RiderCourse?

You may use your personal scooter in the BRC under the following guidelines:
  • Notify the RiderCoach in the first classroom session of your intent to use your personal scooter,
  • Arrive at the first riding session at least 30 minutes early for a safety inspection on your scooter,
  • Your scooter must be street legal, registered, insured and safe to operate,
  • Bring proof of NM insurance,
  • Bring the vehicle registration in your name (or if not in your name, you will need a notarized letter of permission from the registered owner to use the scooter in the training class).

How do I get a replacement RiderCourse completion card?

All requests for replacement completion cards must be made in writing to the NMMSP Administrative Office at:

New Mexico Motorcycle Safety Program

P.O. Box 50568

Albuquerque, NM 87181

Your request must include the following information:

  • Full name
  • Date of Birth
  • Telephone/address at the time you took the class
  • You must also include a pre-addressed, stamped envelope for us to mail the replacement card to you.

What is the cancellation/rescheduling policy?

You may cancel (and receive a full refund) or reschedule your class at no additional fee if the request is made at least 14 days before the class start date. You may reschedule or cancel a class within 10-13 days of the start date for a $50 fee. Either of these actions are made through the RiderCourse Enrollment System (RES); Contact the Call Center at 877-667-8880 or 505-338-2054 for instructions.

No changes are allowed less than 10 days before the class start date.

What else should I know?

In order to help keep cost as low as possible, we have established the following rules regarding fees:
  • Classes must be paid for by credit card (or by Cashier's Check/Money Order with prior arrangements made through the Office at 877-667-8880 or 505-238-2054) at the time they are scheduled.
  • Fees are non-refundable unless you cancel your registration at least 14 days before the class start date.
  • You may reschedule your class for no additional fee if the request is made at least 14 days before the class start date
  • You may reschedule or cancel a class within 10-13 days of the start date for a $50 fee.
  • No changes are allowed less than 10 days before the class start date.
  • Unscheduled students (walk-ins) are not allowed (except for returning students).
  • Scheduled students must attend the class for which they are scheduled.
  • 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 without the required personal clothing/equipment.
    • Leaving before a regular classroom or riding session is completed.
    • 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.

Smoking (on breaks) permitted in designated areas only. No photographs or video-taping without prior permission from the Program Manager, or RiderCoach(s). Please limit cell phone use to breaks. Handguns, knives or weapons of any kind are not allowed at any NMMSP Training site.

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. In this event the "What if I don't pass the class?" rules above will apply.

Read This Carefully

After you have enrolled, all requests for rescheduling or cancellation must be accomplished through the Call Center at 877-667-8880 or 505-338-2054. Should you need to contact the local training site to have any questions answered you may contact the specific Site Manager:

Site Contact Phone Number    Days Hours
Program Manager Dan Orchowski 505-814-4703 Mon - Fri 8:00AM-5:00PM
Alamogordo Scott Janssen 575-491-1455 Mon - Fri 8:00AM-5:00PM
Albuquerque Dan Orchowski 505-814-4703 Mon - Fri 8:00AM-5:00PM
Clovis Kevin Eggert 575-309-4224 Mon - Fri 8:00AM-5:00PM
Farmington Ron Paquin 505-330-8760 Mon - Fri 8:00AM-5:00PM
Las Cruces Phillip Maese 575-644-5288 Mon - Fri 8:00AM-5:00PM
Roswell Curtis Thomas 575-840-9555 Mon - Fri 8:00AM-5:00PM
Santa Fe Murrae Haynes    505-699-7539 Mon - Fri 8:00AM-5:00PM