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Important Information for Motorcycle Safety Students

Motorcycle Safety - Rider School

Notifications, Equipment Requirements & More 

Getting Your  Motorcycle License

Once you successfully complete all class sections and pass the tests at the end of your motorcycle safety course, you will receive a Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) Motorcycle Safety Program course completion certificate, which you can submit to the MVA when applying for your "M" license. The certificate is not a motorcycle license and will not prevent you from getting a ticket. To get your Class "M" license, you must present your certificate to the MVA, complete an application, pay the licensing fee and pass  MVA's vision test. If the Maryland identification number you provide is from a  Maryland State ID or Learner's Permit, you must still complete all of the  "Rookie Driver" requirements before you can get a license. Those requirements are explained on the MVA's website

  • Accommodations for Persons With Disabilities

    If you require special  accommodations because of a disability, please notify us in writing at least two weeks before class starts, so we can make arrangements. Please write to us at:
    Howard Community College
    Division of Continuing Education
    10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
    HR-100
    Columbia, MD 21044-3197

  • Gear Available for Loan
    • DOT compliant ¾ helmet
    • Gloves
    • Eye-protection safety glasses
  • Hot Weather Considerations

    When it's hot outside, it's much hotter on a parking lot. In order to minimize the risk of dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke, at the very minimum, you should:

    • Start drinking water the day before your class.
    • Bring sports drinks or water (twice as much as you expect to need) to class with you.
    • Avoid or limit caffeinated drinks for 24 hours before and during class.
    • Avoid alcohol for 24 hours before class.
    • Bring a hat and wear clothing for high heat.
    • Bring and use sunscreen.
    • Remain aware of changes in  your attention or concentration, headaches or dizziness, which are signs of dehydration. Tell your instructor if you experience any of these signs.
  • Motorcycles
    • Basic, Absolute Beginner and Alternate Basic Rider students will ride one of our fleet of Suzuki GZ250s and TU250s. The motorcycles are professionally maintained and can be ridden by almost anyone of any size. Alternatively, you may ride your own scooter if it is properly registered, insured, safe according to our standards and passes an instructor look-over.
    • For other non-licensing courses, you may provide your own motorcycle or scooter if it is properly registered, insured, safe according to our  standards and passes an instructor look-over. We cannot accommodate trikes or sidecar rigs. If you're not sure whether your cycle will meet our standards, call 443-518-4808, and we will be happy to give you more detailed information.
  • Refund Policy

    If you drop the course before the first day of class, you are entitled to a full refund. If you attempt to drop the class on the day class begins or afterwards,  no refunds will be issued.

    If you use HCC Express to drop the course online before the first day of class, you will automatically receive a refund check in the mail. For other methods of dropping a class, please call 443-518-4808, fax 443-518-4333, or mail a letter with all your course information details to:
    Howard Community  College
    Division of Continuing Education
    10901 Little Patuxent  Parkway
    HR-100
    Columbia, MD 21044-3197

  • Required Motorcycle Clothing and Gear
    • A motorcycle helmet that meets DOT standards and is either ¾ or full faced. Off-road helmets are OK. Snell certified helmets less than five years old are preferred. 
    • Sturdy, over-the-ankle boots or shoes
    • Long pants and long-sleeved shirt or jacket
    • Sturdy, full-fingered gloves, preferably leather
    • Eye protection such as safety glasses, helmet face shield or sunglasses
  • Waivers

    If you qualify for a senior or Social Security disabilities tuition waiver, you pay only the equipment fee plus a $40 registration fee.

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