Motorcycle enthusiasts in New Mexico will be happy to hear that the New Mexico Motorcycle Safety Program (NMMSP) will offer an additional course in 2023 for advanced riders. Now, you can enroll in two NM Motorcycle Safety Courses: the Basic RiderCourse and the Basic RiderCourse2 License Waiver.
Important Information About the NM Motorcycle Safety Courses
The NMMSP trains approximately 2,000 motorcycle riders each year, with nine separate training sites located throughout New Mexico.
Basic RiderCourse: For Beginners
Previously, the New Mexico Motorcycle Safety Program only offered the Basic RiderCourse for beginner riders with little to no experience. The two-day course teaches the fundamentals of riding motorcycles, including skills like:
- Basic motorcycle operation
- Responsible and safe riding strategies
- General motorcycle control layout
- Mental and psychological riding skills
- Emergency maneuvers
- Necessary gear and safety equipment
- The impact of riding while drinking or on drugs
To complete the course, students pass two tests: a written knowledge test and an on-bike skills evaluation. After completion, students receive a license endorsement that exempts them from further license tests.
The New Advanced RiderCourse2 License Waiver (BRC2-LW)
Starting in 2023, the NMMSP will now offer a second course: the Basic RiderCourse2 License Waiver (BRC2-LW) for experienced riders. This one-day class is best suited for riders who already own a motorcycle and have prior experience riding a bike safely on the road.
If you complete the BRC2-LW course, you’ll get an MSF Completion Card, which the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) recognizes as an official licensing waiver. That means you can apply for a valid motorcycle license without taking any further testing or courses.
Here’s a basic overview of what this eight-hour advanced rider course consists of:
- Complete the online eCourse before taking the in-person class.
- Bring your own motorcycle and complete an eight-hour course to improve your riding skills.
- Take and pass an on-bike skills test.
How to Enroll, Applicant Requirements, and Course Fees
The easiest way to enroll in the BRC2-LW course is through the NMMSP’s website. Be sure to have your driver’s license, a debit or credit card, and a valid email address before you enroll. Alternatively, you can register over the phone by calling the NMMSP Call Center at (877) 667-8880 or (505) 312-8430.
The cost of enrolling in each course varies:
- Basic RiderCourse (18+): $249
- Basic RiderCourse (Under 18): $100
- Basic RiderCourse2-LW: $189
Naturally, the BRC2-LW has some basic requirements for attendees. All students must:
- Have their own motorcycle to take the test
- Be able to demonstrate proper clutch control and balance
- Have a valid New Mexico driver’s license
- Have previously passed the online eCourse Knowledge Test
Furthermore, you’ll need to bring the following items and gear:
- Valid motorcycle registration and insurance
- Long-sleeve shirt or jacket
- Suitable long pants
- DOT-approved motorcycle helmet
- Goggles or a face shield
- Gloves with full finger protection
- Footwear that comes at least one inch above the ankle
- Rain gear in case of inclement weather
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