Motorcycle License Endorsements for the Military

Safety Division
Motorcycle License
Endorsements for the
Peter J Hill, PE, CSP
Safety Engineer
Headquarters Marine Corps Safety Division
Motorcycle License Poll
Safety Division
• Thanks to all who responded!
• Summary
– 20 States responded
– 16 allow Military to receive Endorsement by mail
– 18 accept the Military Sponsored BRC for license waiver
• ~2 States (possibly more) require the member to have a motorcycle permit
first from the home State (knowledge test/DMV visit)
• ~11 of the 18 accept any MSF or State-recognized BRC equivalent
– 6 States require a Legislative process to change Motorcycle License
Motorcycle License Endorsements
Safety Division
• Nationally and among military, unlicensed (nonendorsed) riders are over-represented in accidents
• Military has shifted focus…
– Military is accepting completion of any training accepted by a
State for license waiver for its initial training requirement
– 10 years ago – BRC, 30+ day wait, Wear “Vest”, endorsement
required, but no real push
– Today – Training Continuum, Average <10 day wait, Mentoring,
Choose Right Gear, Semper Ride, increased emphasis on license
• Cutting people slack on a fundamental requirement sends the message that
the rules are not that important
Motorcycle License Dilemma
Safety Division
Hey Louisiana, I am
stationed in
California, bought a
bike and need my
endorsement on my
LA license.
OK, Come home
and retake the
course in Louisiana
Too bad. For Louisiana
you have to take OUR
I can’t. Have to
deploy in 4 weeks. I
took the BRC on
base though.
Riders “Under the Radar”
- Over-Represented in Crashes
- No Training Opportunities
- No Riding Mentorship
- Risk Disciplinary Action
- Risk Local Traffic Violations
- Promote attitude of Non-Compliance
I guess I’ll have to
change my license
to California…
If I can’t get endorsement I
won’t be allowed to ride – I
guess I better not tell my
Sergeant that I have a bike
Training & Endorsements
Safety Division
• Service Sponsored training and most State Programs
substantively meet the MSF Basic Rider Course
• The rider who does the right thing and gets training
should be rewarded – not told they have to repeat
essentially the same training in another jurisdiction
• Serves Public Safety by getting riders trained and in
license compliance
Safety Division
• The Servicemember’s Civil Relief Act of 2003 (SCRA) authorizes
military members to retain residency in their State of domicile while
on active duty
• This law is intended to exempt the member from State residency
laws related to driver license, vehicle registration, and taxation
issues, and alleviate the need and expense of changing residency
with each military transfer
• Under SCRA, States universally allow a number of accommodations
for military members who do not have a physical presence in their
– License renewal or extension by mail or online
– Vehicle registration by mail or online
– Absentee voting
SCRA and the Motorcycle Endorsement
Safety Division
• Based on SCRA, we advocate
– Reasonable means for the military motorcycle rider to
add the endorsement without requiring a physical
appearance in the State
– Motorcycle endorsement processes similar to license
issuance and renewal already provided to military
• We do not advocate providing the endorsement
without proof of training
Some “Reasonable Provisions”
Safety Division
• Military members, and their dependents, while the member remains
on active duty, may receive a motorcycle endorsement on their
license upon presentation of evidence of completion of:
– Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Basic Rider Course
– Military service sponsored initial motorcycle training accepted under
DODI 6055.04
– The training program accepted by any other State for the purposes of a
license waiver
• Endorsement issued under this provision may expire at the next
renewal date of the license following the member’s discharge from
active duty
– Process after discharge and return to the home State is up to the State
Safety Division
• Reduced Burden and Cost
– To military member, not having to travel home, spend leave
time in DMV line
– To State, Mail versus “in-person” transaction
• Public Safety – Riders trained and licensed sooner
• Military Program – Seen by members as helping them to
get their license with their home State
– Removes “Barriers” to other areas of compliance
• Quote: “Why would we NOT do this?” (Chairman of
Virginia Governor’s Motorcycle Safety Committee)
Safety Division
• Hardest: State legislation prescribes program
for MC endorsement
– Fix: Get State Legislature to pass a bill making the
• Easier: No Legislative Prohibition, but DMV
Regulations require change
– Fix: Regulatory Change; may require public
comment period and more protracted review and
• Easiest: Issue not addressed in legislation or
regulations, or is solely a matter of DMV policy
– Fix: Develop and promulgate new policy
What Next?
Safety Division
Determine the construct in your state
Assemble a team to act as change agent
Avoid other contentious issues
Implement and Advertise!
Cognizant DMV Motorcycle Focal Point
Legislators who are riders/advocates of rider issues
Executive Branch – Governor Safety Councils or other advocates
Trade Associations, Lobbyists, MSF Coordinator
Military Reps knowledgeable on rider issues
– Keep focus on the main issue – avoid getting tangled
up in helmet laws or other lightning rod areas
Service Reps
Safety Division
Backup Slides
Service Reps for Motorcycle Issues
Safety Division
Air Force
Coast Guard
Marine Corps
Defense Safety Oversight
Council, PMV Task Force
PMV-2 Working Group Chair
Arthur Albert
Steve Kurtiak
Dale Wisnieski
John Waltman
Don Borkoski
Peter Hill
Motorcycle Program Manager
9700 "G" Ave. SE
Kirtland AFB, NM 87117
(505) 853-9854
POV, Motorcycle, & Recreational Vehicle Safety
Driving Task Force
U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center
4905, 5th Avenue (Room 236)
Ft. Rucker, AL 36362-5363
(334) 255-2892
USCG Headquarters
Office of Safety & Environmental Health
1900 Half Street, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20024
(202) 475-5206
Headquarters Marine Corps
Safety Division
701 South Courthouse Road
Arlington, VA 22204-2462
(703) 604-4459
Naval Safety Center, Traffic Safety Division
375 A Street
Norfolk, VA 23511-4399
(757) 444-3520 ext 7135
Headquarters Marine Corps
Safety Division
701 South Courthouse Road
Arlington, VA 22204-2462
(703) 604-4384
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Safety Division
• While military riders may exist in higher concentrations
around bases, and motorcycle riders represent a higher
percentage of the military than the population at large,
military riders represent a statistically lower risk to public
safety than the population at large
• Services provide greater oversight and accountability on
member riders than exists in the population at large
Required initial rider training
Required periodic refresher training
Command notification and Base registration
Opportunities for Club and Mentorship activities
More severe penalties for infractions such as loss of pay or rank,
restriction, etc. which do not require same due process
– Significantly lower incidence of DUI among motorcycle riders
Florida Motorcycle Synopsis
Safety Division
• Military Applicants stationed outside of Florida
– Complete a military-sponsored or MSF-approved
motorcycle safety course.
• Send the completion card from the course, along
with a $15 check or money order and a request
for a duplicate license with a motorcycle
endorsement, to the Division of Driver Licenses
Virginia Motorcycle Synopsis
Safety Division
• HB 1873 Changed existing legislation:
Any person who holds a Virginia driver’s license and is a member,
the spouse of a member, or a dependent of a member of the United
States Armed Services shall be issued a motorcycle classification
by mail upon documentation of (i) successful completion of a basic
motorcycle rider course approved by the United States Armed
Services and (ii) documentation of his assignment outside the
• Concept presented at Governors Council Nov 08;
legislation written, passed and signed into law;
effective July 01 2009.
Washington Motorcycle Synopsis
Safety Division
• Military Applicants stationed outside of
– Complete another State’s or military-sponsored or
MSF-approved motorcycle safety course.
• Send the completion card from the course, along
with a $25 fee to receive the motorcycle
Pennsylvania Motorcycle Synopsis
Safety Division
• Military Applicants stationed outside of
– Complete form DL-298
• Send documentation of completion on military
letterhead with a $48 fee to add the motorcycle

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