Basic RiderCourse (BRC)

The Basic Rider Course (BRC) provides approximately 20 hours of classroom and on-motorcycle instruction. In this course, you will develop and practice four fundamental riding skills:

  1. Straight-line riding
  2. Turning
  3. Shifting
  4. Stopping

Once the basic skills are honed, you will expand into street-riding skills, including:

  • Advanced turning techniques
  • Advanced braking techniques
  • Swerving

You will also learn and practice the mental skills needed to develop: street-riding strategies and the ability to navigate special situations.

Basic Rider Course Eligibility

Any Illinois resident (16 years of age or older) who holds a valid driver's license or permit is eligible to register for Motorcycle Rider Courses. All students must submit a signed Waiver or Release of Liability form at their first class session. Students under 18 should obtain a Waiver Form, have it signed by a parent or guardian, and bring it with them to the first class. Download the Waiver Form.

Protective Clothing Requirements: What You Need to Bring

In addition to  the waiver mentioned above (if needed), participants should bring protective clothing. The following items are required without exception:

  • sturdy, over-the-ankle footwear (not cloth or canvas, boots suggested)
  • long pants
  • long-sleeve shirt or jacket
  • gloves that cover the entire hands
  • protective eyewear (any type of glasses that can be worn while operating a motorcycle/driving)

Helmets and motorcycles will be provided. Students are welcome to bring their own DOT-approved 3/4 or full-face helmets.


A BRC completion card will be mailed to all students who have successfully completed the Basic RiderCourse. The BRC completion card will enable the Secretary of State motorcycle written and driving tests to be waived for those 18 years of age and older. Persons age 16 or 17 must complete this course to be eligible for the "M" class motorcycle endorsement.