Motorcycle courses are found through various local state departments on motor vehicle safety, such as the Department of Safety, Commission on Motorcycle Education and Safety, or the local bureau of motor vehicle licensing. Courses often count toward requirements states have for motorcycle riders and may be used to waive certain fees required to obtain a motorcycle license.
Motorcycle education courses combine both classroom work and hands-on training to educate those enrolled on the basics of safe riding. They may also teach basics of vehicle licensing in general, such as safety on the road, and procedures for obtaining, maintaining and renewal a motorcycle license.
A state, department or organization may offer several levels of motorcycle courses, each designed to accommodate the rider based on his skill. Age requirements to enroll in the course depend upon the course and the regulations of the state.
Courses may provide materials such as books and workbooks, motor vehicle department specific handbooks, and live instructors. It may be the student's responsibility to purchase additional materials such as a helmet and other safety protection, such as appropriate clothing that covers the body adequately. Depending on the location where the course is offered, it may also be the enrollee's responsibility to acquire weather-related clothing.