California Motorcyclist Training

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 The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is statutorily responsible for California's official motorcyclist safety and 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 2019, over 1,200,000 motorcycle riders have received training at one of the CMSP's many training sites since the program began in July 1987.   


Two Ways To Be Safe & Learn The Latest Skills

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.

    Benefits of Taking The Course:

  • Upon completion you’ll get a skills waiver that allows you to skip the riding skills test at the DMV
  • Passing the class could result in insurance breaks
  • It will give you and your family peace of mind
  • The California Highway Patrol (CHP) strongly encourages all motorcycle riders to sign up for a California Motorcyclist Safety Course, which is administered by the CHP as California's official motorcycle safety and training program.




    Webex Video Conference

    April 21, 2021, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

    The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is conducting the Spring 2021 California Motorcyclist Safety Program (CMSP) Advisory Committee meeting on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.  The meeting will be conducted via Webex video conference from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

    The purpose of this meeting is to provide information about program achievements over the past year and discuss activities planned for Fiscal Year 2021/2022.  If you are interested in attending a CMSP training course, please go to for more information. 

    Members of the public are welcome to attend.  To ensure your name appears on the meeting list, please send your contact information in an e-mail to or call CHP Special Projects Section at (916) 843-3370.  Please notify the CHP of your interest no later than Friday, April 16, 2021, to ensure your name appears on the attendee list.
    A call-in feature will be available for those who will not be able to attend via Webex. To access the call-in feature, dial 1-877-492-4764, then enter passcode: 502784#. 






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