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Earn a Motorcycle License for Scooters at State Rider Education Classes

2/5/2013

(Conyers, GA) – The Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP) welcomes scooter owners to participate in license waiver rider education courses offered throughout the state. Scooters have become a popular and sensible transportation option. Many people perceive them to be safer and easier to handle than a motorcycle. The reality is that any two-wheel vehicle takes a different skill set to maneuver our streets. Scooter owners can now enroll in the Basic Riders Course (BRC) at any of the 22 GMSP state-operated locations, and if successful, earn a motorcycle license waiver. The Basic Course offers complete and professional training. Students will learn how to operate a scooter safely, with emphasis on the for Georgia residents) and $300.00 (out-of state).

To enroll in class using a scooter there are a few rules:

  1. Students must use their own scooters
  2. The scooter must be owned, registered, and insured by the student
  3. The scooter must be street-legal and be more then 50cc and less than 400cc
  4. If the scooter is going to be ridden to and from class, a Class MP (motorcycle permit) is required (note that some classes are held after dark and permit holders cannot ride after dark). Students can trailer the scooter to the training location.
  5. Scooter students must call GMSP at 678-413-8400 after registering and inform staff of their intention to use a scooter.

Rider Education is an important element to rider safety. Without proper training, new riders are more likely to be involved in a crash. Additionally, a Class M (motorcycle) license is required to operate, legally, a motorcycle or motor-driven cycle in Georgia. Every motor vehicle having a saddle for the use of the rider and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, but excluding a tractor and moped (with engine size less than 50cc), are defined as motorcycles. Georgia law places all types of motorcycles including scooters, motorbikes and minibikes (with engine size 51 cc or greater) into one classification. All are considered motor-driven cycles. For additional licensing requirement, details and online registration visit www.dds.ga.gov.

Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP)
"Real Riding…Real Skills."

The Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP) is a part of the Georgia Department of Driver Services. In addition to offering rider education and licensing programs, the GMSP also promotes motorist awareness programs, share the road campaigns, and is focused on highway safety issues affecting Georgia motorcyclists. The GMSP directly operates training sites throughout Georgia. www.dds.ga.gov