Motorcycle Safety


Motorcycle Safety Program

The Maryland Motorcycle Safety Program includes education and training for motorcycle riders, awareness campaigns for motorists, and enforcement of traffic laws for all road users. Visit the Motorcycle Safety page on for more information.

Rider Training

The best way for new riders to ensure that they obtain the right information and coaching is to enroll in a certified Basic Rider Course, but the MVA offers motorcycle rider training courses for new and experienced riders. The courses teach the participants the special skills and mental strategies necessary for responsible motorcycle operation. More than 90% of riders involved in crashes had no formal training, were self-taught or learned from family and friends. Maryland's approved curricula meet or exceed the standards established by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. For more information, please visit the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration's Motorcycle Training site.

Motorcycle Licensing & Manual

To get a motorcycle license (Class M) in Maryland, you must pass a motorcycle safety course. The FAST TRACK program​ allows riders to take the knowledge test for the Class M learner's permit and the riding test the same day. Find the Motorcycle Operator Manual and more information on the Licensing & Manuals page.

Highway Maintenance

The mission at the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) is to efficiently provide mobility through a safe, well-maintained and attractive highway system that enhances Maryland's communities, economy and environment. Safety is the SHA’s number one priority, so thousands of dedicated SHA employees work each day to make sure roadways are safe for all, including motorcyclists. We welcome feedback and information from riders about the condition of Maryland’s roadways. If you find something on your ride that creates an unsafe condition, please let us know about it.

Motorcycle Helmets

In the event of a crash while riding a motorcycle, a DOT compliant motorcycle helmet can help to minimize head injuries and prevent death due to head trauma. A 2009 study conducted for the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA), reported that helmeted motorcyclists were less likely to experience facial and head injuries compared to un-helmeted motorcyclists. Visit the P​rotective Riding Gear page for more information.

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