Motorcycle Rider Education Program (MREP)

About Our Program

Motorcycling can be a thrilling and challenging experience. The safe operation of a motorcycle requires practiced skill, knowledge, and a respectful understanding of the limitations imposed by the operator, the machine, and the environment.

Believing in the benefits of rider education, the Tennessee Department of Safety administers the Tennessee Motorcycle Rider Education Program.

This program provides a combination of rider education and other motorcycle issues. For example, public awareness initiatives, information of the effects of alcohol and drugs, licensing procedures.


Training Locations and Schedules

Motorcycle Rider Education Training Sites are conveniently located all across the state. Classes are normally scheduled from March through December.


Download the Tennessee Motorcycle Operator Manual

The Motorcycle Operator Manual is available online as well as at Driver Services Centers statewide.


Benefits of Rider Education

  • Students who successfully complete either course will receive a completion card and a certificate. The certificate is good for one year from the date of issuance. Those applying for a Tennessee Motorcycle License who bring the certificate from an approved Tennessee training site, pass the Vision Test and pay the required fee will have their license skills and knowledge tests waived.
  • The certificate entitles the holder to an insurance premium discount.
  • Some motorcycle manufacturers will reimburse students for the cost of the course: Ask your dealer about this benefit.
  • Students will have a new level of confidence, increased skills, and a more enjoyable ride.

Training Programs

The Tennessee Motorcycle Rider Education Program offers two intensive courses to prepare you for the challenges that the streets offer. One is for beginners, the other for more experienced riders. This allows students with similar skill levels to learn together.

  • The Basic Rider Course (BRC) is an entry level course designed for new riders. It incorporates classroom discussion and hands on practice. It is essential for safe riding. Motorcycles are provided.
  • The Basic Rider Course Two (BRC2) is for people who are already riding, but want to learn and practice more advanced skills.
  • The Advanced Rider Course (ARC) is a challenging course for more experienced riders.
  • The Trike Course is equal to the BRC but on your trike.

Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Certified Instructors/Coaches teach courses in a safe, off-street environment. These Instructors/Coaches are highly experienced riders with the patience, understanding and knowledge to help students develop the skills they need to become safe, responsible motorcyclists.

Current riders and anyone thinking about riding (ages 14 and up) are encouraged to enroll in a Rider Training Course.

Please call the site you wish to attend for the appropriate course fee.

Safety Gear Requirements

To participate in either class, every TMREP Site requires every rider to be prepared; specifically you must have the following safety gear:

  • Helmet - D.O.T. Approved (Furnished by request)
  • Eye Protection (Face Shield or Safety Glasses)
  • Over - The Ankle leather footwear with low heels
  • Long Pants (Denim or material with equal durability)
  • Long - Sleeve Shirt or Jacket
  • Full - Fingered Gloves (Preferably Leather)


  • Certified Instructors/Coaches
  • Student Workbook
  • TN Motorcycle Handbook
  • Training Motorcycles (125cc-350cc Street Legal)
  • Helmets; If needed

Since classes are held in all weather conditions (except icing), you are advised to bring the following:

  • Wet weather gear; rain jackets, rain pants, etc...
  • Cold weather gear; warm jackets, sweaters, etc...
  • Water or other beverages
  • Lunch/snacks as necessary


Related Web Links

Motorcycle Safety Foundation:
National Association of State Motorcycle Safety Administration (SMSA):

Lt. Steve Sakarapanee, Program Coordinator
283 Stewarts Ferry Pike
Nashville, TN 37214
Phone: (615) 232-2901
Fax: (615) 532-3606