The California Motorcyclist Safety Program Motorcyclist Training Course (CMSP MTC) is designed to help you become a safer rider and successful completion will earn you the DL389, which may waive the riding skills test at the California DMV. The course is based on the most current research in rider safety and utilizes modern training methods.
The CMSP MTC costs $350 if you are age 21 or older, and $295 if you are age 20 or younger for whom the course is a requirement to get the motorcycle permit.
It will help you determine whether motorcycle riding is right for you, address some of the hazards of riding, develop your riding skills, and refine them into accident avoidance skills. Though designed for new riders, any rider that has not taken a motorcycle course will benefit from this course.
Successful completion will earn you a DMV waiver for your on-motorcycle test, which is challenging and not accompanied by any teaching or coaching. (Note that you will still be responsible for paying the DMV’s standard licensing fees). Your graduation card may also provide discounts with your insurance company. Be sure to call around and check for best rates.
NOTE: Netiher passing nor getting a license is guaranteed simply by enrolling in this course.
We partner with Simi Institute for Carreers and Education (SICE) to deliver this course. They are located at 1880 Blackstock Avenue in Simi Valley. We are currently running a hybrid schedule, so our first classroom session will be done on Zoom. The second classroom segment is now in-person in room 702B. The State is very serious about our use of Zoom, so please note these requirements:
Your Saturday riding will gather at the Land-Sea containers on the east end of the South parking lot to begin our "range" session for riding. Google Maps has the MRE Corp. pin right in the middle of our range. Hop in your car and just ask Google/Siri to navigate you to MRE Corp. in Simi Valley. Please park west of the two large chain-link gates. Grab your gear, CA Driver License for ID, and walk the last bit.
Please open the PDF map attached to your registration confirmation email so that you can easily navigate the SICE campus.
In Addition to Simi Valley and Moorpark, our students join us from Santa Barbara, and Ventura County, as well as Los Angeles cities of Chatsworth, Thousand Oaks, Northridge, Malibu, Canoga Park, Calabasas, Woodland Hills, Newbury Park, and Winnetka.
DO NOT BE LATE to your riding sessions. We jump directly into the material and there is no opportunity to get you "caught up." You will be sent home with a Space Available certificate, a process which will be explained by the paperwork provided.
The course consists of 4 uneven segments that alternate between classroom and riding. During Winter months we offer one group per weekend beginning on a Thursday evening with a Zoom classroom at 5:30pm that will run about 3.5 hours.
There are Saturday and Sunday morning riding sessions; plan to be on site no later than 6:45am so that we can complete paperwork and gear up before our PROMPT 7:00am start time. The Saturday ride will last until about 11:30, the Sunday session until about noon or 12:30pm to allow for the course wrap-up.
Second classroom session is now in-person on Saturday afternoon from 1-4pm. Please make plans to bring a lunch or to go grab a quick lunch following your Saturday morning ride, so that you can get back into classroom 702B, there on the campus. You will need to wear a mask indoors, so please bring one, or ask your Instructors for one.
BRING WATER!!! Even if it’s cold outside, the dryness and your focus will likely cause you to lose a lot of fluids. There is a water fountain on site, but please bring a large vessel and plan to push fluids; 10% down on hydration is roughly 40% down on focus.
By the numbers, here is the sequences:
WINTER Riding Group:
Thursday 5:30-9pm - Zoom Classroom 1;
Saturday 7-11:30am - Range 1; then 1-4pm In-Person Classroom 2 – Rm. 702B;
Sunday 7-Noon - Range 2;
After your course, we take your scores back to our facilities and process a lot of paperwork. We have 7 days to get your DL-389 form into the mail, and the Postal Service can take between a week to two to deliver. Please expect to receive your DL-389 in approximately 3-weeks following the class. It is only valid for one year from the date of completion of your course. So please make plans to get to the DMV. We've been informed by our State contacts that you should not make an appointment at the DMV. Just plan to be there a while, and to be masked and socially distant. (read: sunscreen may be a good idea)
We are committed to providing you with a safe and productive riding experience. The current COVID pandemic has forced a number of changes. Please know that our Staff are diligently sanitizing and wiping all communal surfaces. During these times, personal gear is even more valuable, but we also recognize the challenges with getting properly fit and supply chain delays. So, we provide a helmet if you don’t have one, but we do expect all students to wear specific clothing in order to be allowed to ride. This includes a mask when not in a helmet, long sleeves, pants, sturdy over-the-ankle footwear, and street motorcycle-specific gloves.
No gear/wrong gear? No riding.
This is your responsibility. Aside from helmets and gloves/masks as backup, we do not carry extra gear on site. Failure to arrive prepared will result in your dismissal and receipt of a Space-Available form. If you have questions, please ask your Instructor during your Thursday evening Zoom class session.
We provide helmets in size ranges from XS to XXXL. They are all new for 2020, full-face Bell Qualifier helmets. If you prefer to bring your own helmet, it must be DOT-approved three-quarter or full-face without any drops or scuffs. No half helmets, or near-half helmets. You will need your own eyewear or face shield if you bring your own helmet.
Helmets are sanitized after each use to reduce the possibility of transmission. Thankfully they aren't used for at least 5 days between weekends.
We provide gloves as backup, but HIGHLY SUGGEST that you purchase your own pair of street motorcycle-specific riding gloves. Especially now, with health and safety concerns, please provide your own gloves.
Dirt bike gloves ARE NOT ALLOWED. Nor are batting, golfing, ski/snowboard, or goalie gloves. Gloves are built for specific purposes. Street bike gloves are designed to resist abrasion.
Good gloves are the second most important piece of gear you will wear after a helmet. Please avoid the Amazon special. Visit your local dealership or gear shop, who will have a great assortment and employees to help you navigate the choice.
For the riding segments, you will need to arrive in your sturdy, over-the-ankle footwear. Hiking boots are acceptable, and although high-tops are allowed, they provide minimal protection. Leather work boots or cowboy boots are great. Actual riding boots are even better.
Features to consider in a riding boot are a thin but durable toe, minimal rise in the heel, and protection on/around the ankle bone.
Uggs, Toms, and Converse are NOT acceptable. Nor are the new-style of Chelsea boots - the elastic on the sides provides no considerable abrasion resistance.
Although Simi Valley can be warm, this is still a safety class. We recommend wearing a jacket any time you ride. For this class, at minimum, you will need a long sleeve shirt and pants. This isn’t a rock concert, so holes are not stylish: they are a problem.
Please wear concealing apparel that may provide some level of protection in a low-speed incident.