|Effective date of original law: January 1, 1980
Ultimate Program Responsibility
Drivers License and
Traffic Safety Division
North Dakota Department of Transportation
608 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505
American Bikers Aiming Toward Education (ABATE) of North Dakota
1001 S. 22nd Street
Bismarck, ND 58504
Toll Free: 800-726-4094
Web site: abate-nd.tripod.com/index.html
- Source of funding: Motorcycle registration ($5)
- Stipulated use of funds: To fund motorcycle safety education
and to reimburse public schools and organizations for the actual
cost of courses
Relationship Among Various Programs
- The State Highway Safety Office manages the State program and contracts the program to ABATE of North Dakota for administration.
Collection of Rider Training and Licensing Data
- Agency responsible for collecting rider training data:
Driver License and Traffic Safety, and ABATE
- Agency responsible for collecting licensing data:
Driver License and Traffic Safety
- Data available in electronic format: Some
- Link between crash, licensing, and rider education data: None
- Months of instruction: May through September
- Number of instruction sites: 15
- Types of providers: Private contractors and mobile training sites
Operations and Participant Characteristics
- Courses offered: 81
- Students enrolled: 652
- No-shows or registration refunds: 5
- Time until course reaches capacity: N/A
- Average waiting period to take course: None
- Students on waiting list: None
Program Funding and Expenditures
- Annual budget: $78,500
- Source of Federal funds: None
- Average cost to State to educate rider: $120.40
- Course tuition charged to novice rider: $0
- Course tuition charged to experienced rider: $0
- Special fees in addition to course fees: None
- Approved curricula: MRC:RSS,
BRC, and ERC
- Advisory committee: None
- Curricula approved by:
Department of Transportation Director
- Process to modify curricula: N/A
- Data collected for modifications: N/A
- Validation process for modifications: N/A
Instructor Selection, Training, and Evaluation
- State certification or approval is required for Instructors and Chief Instructors.
- The required probationary period is two classes.
- Annual updates are required for Instructors. Chiefs/RiderCoach Trainers monitor Instructors yearly.
Profile of Instructors
- Certified Instructors/RiderCoaches: 23
- Chief Instructors/RiderCoach Trainers: 1
- Instructor candidates in 2001: 8
- Percentage of successful Instructor candidates: 100%
- Instructor demographics: 75% male, 25% female
- Reciprocity for Instructors trained in other States: Yes
Quality Control Procedures
- ABATE of North Dakota is responsible for quality control.
- Quality control is implemented monthly during riding season.
- Program conducts regular evaluations.
- Quality control forms and evaluation of Range and RiderCoaches.
Special features of rider education and/or licensing program
- State provides rider education at no cost to the student.
- $8 cost of initial permit
- Successful completion of
- Successful completion of knowledge test
- Valid for 6 months
- One renewal permitted
- Riders 14–15 must operate on a permit for 2 months before applying for full endorsement.
- $8 initial endorsement
- $5 written test fee
- $5 skills test fee
- Rider must be at least 14 upon successful completion of a rider education course. Rider must be
16 if course is not completed.
- Motorcycle license must be renewed every 5 years.
Testing and Training Responsibilities
- Testing agency: Driver License Division
- Third-party testing: None
- Agency responsible for training examiners: Drivers License and Traffic Safety. All examiners are required to go through motorcycle training classes with ABATE of North Dakota.
Knowledge and Skills Tests Used
- Primary knowledge test used: MSF
- Primary skills test used: Alternate MOST
- Secondary skills test used: Local off-street
- Rider education waiver: None
- Reciprocity for rider education completed in
another State: None
- Reciprocal license waivers: Yes
Operator and Vehicle Characteristics
- Motorcycle operators licensed: 38,801
- Registered motorcycles: 16,000
- New motorcycle licenses/endorsements issued in 2001: 1,685
- Operators licensed through rider education in 2001: N/A
- Operators licensed without rider education: N/A
- Operators without license or proper endorsement: N/A
Motorcyclist Licensing System
- Graduated licensing: None
- Tiered licensing: None
Public Information and Education
- Operator’s manual used: Motorcycle Operator’s Manual
- Annual budget for public information and education: $25,000–$50,000