California Motorcyclist Training

The Motorcyclist Training Course (MTC) is a 15 hour course which includes 5-hours of classroom instruction and 10-hours of actual riding. The MTC is mandatory for those under the age of 21, but is also recommended to those 21 and older who are seeking to obtain a motorcycle endorsement on their California driver license. The CMSP also offers the Premier Program which is an extended MTC consisting of 7.5-hours of classroom and 13.5-hours of riding. The CHP and its partners encourage all riders to be life-long learners and seek additional training beyond the MTC and Premier programs.


The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is statutorily responsible for California's official motorcycle safety training program. Pursuant to California Vehicle Code Sections 2930-2935, the CHP administers the CMSP through a primary contractor, currently Total Control Training Inc. As of March 2015, over 950,000 motorcycle riders have received training at one of the CMSP's many training sites since the program began in July 1987.

The CHP strongly encourages all motorcycle riders to sign up for the CMSP, which is administered by the CHP as California's official motorcycle safety and training program. The Program offers courses for new and experienced riders. 

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