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Motorcycle Testimonials, Statistics and FAQ

Course Statistics and Frequently Asked Questions
Instructor watching students during a motorcycle exercise

“I took the Maryland DMV sponsored Basic Riders Safety Course (BRC) for Motorcycle Riders through Montgomery College. What a BLAST!”

“Thanks to my instructors, for allowing me to do every exercise a few extra times to begin to figure out what was expected from me on the bike. The instructors were both patient and thorough. I would recommend anyone take the course with them to get training and the motorcycle license endorsement to ride in Maryland!” 

“For beginning riders, I'll be honest, it's challenging; Eighteen hours of class time and on the track instruction can feel tough. They put you through the paces to prepare you for the exam that is given at the completion of the class. Successfully passing the writing and riding portions of the exam, you earn a certificate to take to the DMV for the license. I'm happy to be able to say, I PASSED the exam! If I can do it, you can too!”

Motorcycle Course Statistics

Course Statistics for the 2019 Season including results of retests.

BRC (Beginner Course)

  • Average Knowledge Test Score (84% needed to pass) - 93%
  • Percentage of Students who passed the Skills Test - 93%
  • Percentage of Students who passed the Course - 95%
BRC2-LW (Advanced Licensing Course) 
  • Average Knowledge Test Score (85% needed to pass) - 84%
  • Percentage of Students who passed the Skills Test - 93%
  • Percentage of Students who passed the Course - 98%
2021 Season Update

Attend the Virtual Preparation Session 

Students will need to attend the virtual preparation session for their class. This session is hosted on ZOOM. Students will be provided information on how to preregister for the virtual session 1-week prior to the in-person session(s).

Additional Safety Measures due to Covid 

Students must:
  • Supply all of their own gear.
  • Bring appropriate personal protection equipment and use during all class hours including a face mask covering mouth and nose.
  • Maintain proper social distancing of at least 6 ft. (minimum 3 arm lengths).
  • Bring their own water and snacks to class.

Frequently Asked Questions - Registration

a.     Registration may be completed by web, fax, mail, or in-person, when allowed. Students should review WDCE Registration Information, Options and Policies for more information.

Payment for the course is due at the time of registration. Students who register without payment would be removed from the class without notice. 

Montgomery College offers a stand-by process that would be administered by the Training Center Manager. Information on stand-by students has been altered due to COVID-19 and is not currently available for new students not registered for courses. 

The previous lottery system allowed students should show up 30 minutes prior to the beginning of class. If a student is already registered for another class, and others are awaiting a standby slot, those students who are  not  preregistered for another course have first option if there are any available seats.

To be eligible you must be a resident of Maryland and qualify for in-state tuition according to the College guidelines. Students should review WDCE Registration Information, Options and Policies for more information.

WDCE courses do not hold wait lists for students. Sections are available on a first come, first serve basis with payment due at the time of registration. Students can register for classes with current availability. Students should continue to monitor availability as number of available seats changes frequently.

Licensing Course Related Questions

The Basic Rider Course (BRC) is designed for individuals with little or no motorcycle experience who are looking to add their M-endorsement. The Basic Rider Course 2- License Waiver (BRC2-LW) is for advanced riders with years of experience. Students who do not meet the minimum riding standard for the BRC2-LW would be removed from the course without a refund.

When in doubt, we suggest taking the BRC.

Yes, the MVA requires students to complete an eCourse when completing a licensing course. This course will take approximately 3 hours to complete. This is required for students to be able to ride a motorcycle during our range sessions. Students who do not complete the course by the time they are scheduled to ride motorcycles will not receive a refund.

Students are provided access to the eCourse 1 week prior to the course start date as long as they are registered at that time. The online eCourse will provide the necessary content to prepare for the knowledge test and classroom activities.

A course informational email is sent one week prior to the first in-person meeting date. This email will include information on how to access the online eCourse. This information is sent to the email listed on your Montgomery College student account. 

It is the students responsibility to update contact information at the time of registration or through the MyMC student portal.

If you register late for the course, within 1 week of the first in-person date, the student is recommended to contact the Training Center Manager so that they can send the necessary information. Contact information is in the purple box to the right on web, at the bottom on mobile. 

2021 Season Update:

While MC remains in remote conditions, in-person class sessions meet at the motorcycle training range and combine classroom learning and riding exercises outdoors due to COVID-19.

Traditional Class Schedule:

Most classroom sessions are held at our Germantown Campus or our Gaithersburg Business Training Center.   View the map for more information.

Germantown Campus, Humanities and Social Sciences Building (HS) - 20200 Observation Drive, Germantown, Maryland 20876 

Gaithersburg Business Training Center - 12 South Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg, Maryland, 20877

All range sessions will be held at Montgomery College’s leased parking lot, located at:   
14 Firstfield Road Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Students must provide their own riding gear  - students are expected to arrive and ride motorcycles in proper and approved attire. The course Instructor shall be responsible for inspecting a student’s riding gear. If any item of the student’s gear does not meet the required standards the student will not be allowed to participate in the course.

Approved attire is as follows:

  •  Jacket or sturdy long-sleeved shirt
  • Sturdy long pants (NO tears or holes)
  • Over-the-ankle NON-canvas footwear with a low heel
  • Full fingered gloves
  • DOT-compliant full-faced helmet (equipped with a face shield) or;
  • ¾ helmet (with eye protection such as eyeglasses, sunglasses, goggles)

Your helmet should meet the following standards:

  • ​A Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 218 compliant helmet:

    • Any style of compliant helmet may be worn, but the Program recommends the full-face, or modular, a.k.a. flip-up and open-face, a.k.a. ¾ style helmets because they provide the most protection for a novice rider. Any student with a helmet less than full-face with a face shield should also provide eye protection such as eyeglasses, sunglasses, goggles.
    • All labeling, exterior and interior, must be intact;
    • Be in good condition with no damage to the outer shell or have an excessively worn interior lining; and
    • Must fit properly.
    • If the helmet appears old, the interior liner will be checked for the sticker indicating the month and year of manufacture. If it is more than 5-years old, the helmet should not be used.

Students without proper riding gear will not be allowed to participate in the course. Montgomery College will not have gear available to borrow.

Students who fail one or both tests are allowed a retest opportunity. This section should be taken within 30 days of completing the Motorcycle BRC or BRC2-LW. Scheduling is done through the Training Center Manager. Students requiring a retest will receive a document after class with specific next step instructions. There is a $35 fee for Maryland residents for the retest CRN.

Students have one retest opportunity per test (if applicable). A failure on a retest results in the student being required to take another full BRC or BRC2-LW course to obtain a license waiver.

Passing both the knowledge and skill tests within a BRC or BRC2-LW course qualifies a student to receive a completion certificate/license waiver. This waiver is not a motorcycle license. Students would take the waiver to the MVA to have them issue a new license with the M-endorsement added.

You would need to go to the MVA before you become a legal rider. You would be responsible for any fees associated with a new endorsement.

Participants in Basic Rider Course and Basic Rider Course 2 – License Waiver option should NOT ride their personal motorcycle to class unless the motorcycle is street legal and the operator is properly licensed.  Individuals operating a motorcycle with a valid learner's permit must report to the course Instructor with their accompanying rider upon their arrival to any scheduled class session.  The accompanying rider must also return at the end of the class.

The accompanying rider must be a licensed motorcyclist who is over 21 years of age and has been a licensed rider for at least three years.  This individual can be following the permitted rider on another motorcycle, or in a car within a reasonable sight distance.

Individuals in violation of this policy may not be permitted to participate in the motorcycle safety course.

Class Related Questions

You must be on time (NO EXCEPTIONS). Per MVA guidelines, you will not be permitted to enter the class once it has started. This includes all sessions (both classroom and riding days). This is referenced in The Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR), Code 11.20.01.16.

There is no opportunity in the course to review missed material. The class starts at the time specified according to the Instructor or Training Center Manager.
Montgomery College is not responsible for traffic, weather, or any other condition or circumstance that might cause a participant to be late. It is the student’s responsibility to be on time for each class session. We recommend that you plan to be at the proper location at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the class.

Students must provide their own riding gear

 Students are expected to arrive and ride motorcycles in proper and approved attire. The course Instructor shall be responsible for inspecting a student’s riding gear. If any item of the student’s gear does not meet the required standards the student will not be allowed to participate in the course.

Approved attire is as follows:

  • Jacket or sturdy long-sleeved shirt
  • Sturdy long pants (NO tears or holes)
  • Over-the-ankle NON-canvas footwear with a low heel
  • Full fingered gloves
  • DOT-compliant full-faced helmet (equipped with a face shield) or;
  • ¾ helmet (with eye protection such as eyeglasses, sunglasses, goggles)

Your helmet should meet the following standards:

        ​A Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 218 compliant helmet:
    • Any style of compliant helmet may be worn, but the Program recommends the full-face, or modular, a.k.a. flip-up and open-face, a.k.a. ¾ style helmets because they provide the most protection for a novice rider. Any student with a helmet less than full-face with a face shield should also provide eye protection such as eyeglasses, sunglasses, goggles.
    • All labeling, exterior and interior, must be intact;
    • Be in good condition with no damage to the outer shell or have an excessively worn interior lining; and
    • Must fit properly.
    • If the helmet appears old, the interior liner will be checked for the sticker indicating the month and year of manufacture. If it is more than 5-years old, the helmet should not be used.

Students without proper riding gear will not be allowed to participate in the course. Montgomery College will not have gear available to borrow.

Instructors who are certified by the Maryland Motorcycle Safety Program (MCSP) and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) teach all classes.

Licensing & Test Related Questions

Passing both the knowledge and skill tests within a BRC or BRC2-LW course qualifies a student to receive a completion certificate/license waiver. This waiver is not a motorcycle license. Students would take the waiver to the MVA to have them issue a new license with the M-endorsement added. License waivers are valid until printed expiration date. Waivers may not be reproduced to reflect a new expiration date.

You would need to go to the MVA before you become a legal rider. You would be responsible for any fees associated with a new endorsement.

Once a student successfully completes all course requirements (BRC or BRC2-LW) and is a Maryland resident they will be issued a Maryland State Completion Certificate. The student may take this Certificate to a full service MVA Office, pay a fee for an eye exam (in addition to any new licensing fees), and a new license will be issued containing the M endorsement. These Certificates expire 6 months after issuance, and cannot be renewed. Students requesting replacement certificates must get authorization from the MVA Program Director of the Maryland State Motorcycle Safety Program.
In order to ride on military installations, you must show proof of having successfully completed the BRC. The Maryland Completion Card is considered proof. Individuals who pass both the written and riding portion will get a Maryland Completion Card (the business card sized document) to present to your state agency for approval. You will not receive a Completion Certificate (the letter sized document) unless you are licensed in Maryland.
There are two test that are required for course completion. They are a written knowledge test, and a riding skills test. The written test is presented in multiple choice format. Tests are only administered in English; no other language is available. The skills test will access the techniques that were taught throughout the course.

If you do not pass either the knowledge or riding skill test, you will have 30 working days in which to complete the failed portion(s).
Scheduling is done through the Training Center Manager. Students requiring a retest will receive a document after class with specific next step instructions. There is a $35 fee for Maryland residents for the retest CRN.

Students have one retest opportunity per test (if applicable). A failure on a retest results in the student being required to take another full BRC or BRC2-LW course to obtain a license waiver.

Special Services/Circumstances Related Questions

If you need support services due to a disability, please follow these steps:   

  1. Register for a class.   
  2. Call 240-567-5266 or e-mail  natalie.martinez@montgomerycollege.edu  at least four weeks prior to the start of class to arrange for accommodations and/or assistive technology.   

If this procedure is not followed, services may be delayed and you may not be able to participate in the program.

Classes are sometimes affected by the weather. In the case of extreme weather conditions, please check Montgomery College or the College’s main phone number at 240-567-5000, which will indicate if the College (and all of its classes) is closed. 

Unless the College is closed or you are contacted by Montgomery College, you can expect the course to proceed. On rare occasions heavy rain or strong winds will force a class to be postponed. If that is the case you will be notified, and your class will be rescheduled. Should you have any questions about the course you may contact the Training Center Manager.

No, you may take the course without a driver’s license as long as you are 16 years and 7 months. However, you will not be able to obtain the "M" endorsement on your license until you have met certain requirements as outlined in the Maryland Graduated License Program. Students under the age of 18, or those applying for their first driver's license, must complete the Maryland Graduated License Program, before they can apply for a secondary license (such as motorcycle).
If you are under 18, a parent or legal guardian must sign the MVA/MCSP Release form which will be given out at the first class. You will not be allowed to attend the first range session unless your parent or guardian has signed the release form.
Non-Maryland residents will have to pay an additional non-resident fee when they register for the class. Upon the successful completion of the class Non-Maryland resident students will receive a completion card, not a certificate. Maryland completion cards may or may not be acceptable to other states.
The circumstances that qualify a student for a refund are expressed in our  refund policy. If you have further questions, please contact one of our staff.
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