|Effective date of original law: March 11, 1987
Ultimate Program Responsibility
Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles
1970 West Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43223-1101
Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles
P.O. Box 16520
Columbus, OH 43216-6520
Robert D. Secrest, Coordinator
Ohio Department of Public Safety
1970 W. Broad Street
P.O. Box 182081
Columbus, OH 43218
Web site: www.state.oh.us/odps/mo
- Source of funding: Motorcycle registration fee ($6)
- Stipulated use of funds: To pay part or all costs for the motorcycle safety and education program unless otherwise provided by law
Relationship Among Various Programs
- All departments and sections work together cooperatively.
Collection of Rider Training and Licensing Data
- Agency responsible for collecting rider training data:
Ohio Department of Public Safety/Motorcycle Ohio
- Agency responsible for collecting licensing data:
Ohio Department of Public Safety—Bureau of Motor Vehicles
- Data available in electronic format: Some data available
- Link between crash, licensing, and rider education data: None
- Months of instruction: March through November
- Number of instruction sites: 40
- Types of providers: Mobile training sites, universities, community colleges, and vocational technical schools
Operations and Participant Characteristics
- Courses offered: 565
- Students enrolled: 6,290
- No-shows or registration refunds: 248
- Time until course reaches capacity: 2 weeks
- Average waiting period to take course: 3 months
- Students on waiting list: 650
Program Funding and Expenditures
- Annual budget: $1,300,000
- Source of Federal funds: None
- Average cost to State to educate rider: $206.68
- Course tuition charged to novice rider: $25 for 18 and older; no cost for under 18 years
- Course tuition charged to experienced rider: $25
- Special fees in addition to course fees: None
- Approved curricula: MRC:RSS,
BRC, and ERC
- Advisory committee: None
- Curricula approved by:
Department of Public Safety
- 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, but not for Chief Instructors.
- Instructor candidate must have taken or audited the BRC within a 12-month period preceding enrollment in the Instructor Preparation Course.
- Probationary period for Instructors consists of a new Instructor teaching with an experienced Instructor three or four times.
- State offers Instructor Preparation Course (IPC).
- Annual updates are required for Instructors. Chiefs/RiderCoach Trainers, peer, and State coordinators spot check Instructors and monitor as needed.
Profile of Instructors
- Certified Instructors/RiderCoaches: 178
- Chief Instructors/RiderCoach Trainers: 2
- Instructor candidates in 2001: 42
- Percentage of successful Instructor candidates: 86%
- Instructor demographics: 85% male, 15% female
- Reciprocity for Instructors trained in other States: Yes
Quality Control Procedures
- Quality control measures are peer observer programs, chief visits, and coordinator visits.
- Ohio Department of Public Safety, Motorcycle Ohio program is responsible for quality control.
- Quality control implementation is ongoing throughout the training season. Inspector updates occur in the off-season.
- Program conducts regular evaluations in the form of self-evaluation.
- Chief Instructor sponsors meet twice a year to discuss program.
- Recommendations are implemented where needed and where practical.
- $7.25 cost of initial permit
- Successful completion of
- Successful completion of knowledge test
- Valid for 1 year
- Four renewals permitted
- $7.50 fee as a separate license or as an endorsement to a regular operator’s license, plus $3.25 issuance fee and $1.50 laminating fee; $1 vision screening fee on renewals only.
- Rider must be 16 with successful completion of a rider education course. Rider must be 18 if course is not completed.
- Motorcycle license must be renewed every 4 years.
Testing and Training Responsibilities
- Testing agency: State Highway Patrol
- Third-party testing: Yes
- Agency responsible for training examiners:
State Highway Patrol
Knowledge and Skills Tests Used
- Primary knowledge test used: Local
- Skills test used: Alternate MOST
- Rider education waiver: Skills
- Reciprocity for rider education completed in
another State: None
- Reciprocal license waivers: Yes
Operator and Vehicle Characteristics
- Motorcycle operators licensed: 634,500
- Registered motorcycles: 264,434
- New motorcycle licenses/endorsements issued in 2001: N/A
- Operators licensed through rider education in 2001: 4,800
- Operators licensed without rider education: 5,500
- Operators without license or proper endorsement: N/A
Motorcyclist Licensing System
- Graduated licensing: Yes
- Tiered licensing: None
Public Information and Education
- Operator’s manual used: Motorcycle Operator’s Manual
- Annual budget for public information and education: $5,000–$10,000