Yes. All of the classes offered at Austin Moto Academy meet the requirement for licensing in Texas.

Take the certificate we give you (called the MSB-8) to the DPS licensing office. The certificate shows that you have taken the class and passed the written test and driving test. If you are over 18 and have a driver’s license (Class C) you will be issued the motorcycle license or M endorsement at that time with no other written or driving test required. If this is your first license the DPS will require a riding and a written test. You should direct your licensing questions to the DPS.

Email us if you need to reschedule or cancel your class. Our policy requires 48 hours to cancel or reschedule, so that we can fill that spot. Space is very limited (8 students per class) so it’s important for us to fill every spot. If you cancel, reschedule, or don’t complete the class, please expect to pay for another spot. Each class is like a plane trip – you can’t take an old or half-used ticket and use it for another flight.

You must bring a valid photo ID and your eCourse completion certificate to the first class. During the driving portion, you must wear long sleeves, long pants, and boots or shoes that cover and protect your anklebone (higher than regular shoes). We will provide a DOT-approved helmet, full-finger gloves, and protective eyewear, but if you have any of those items please bring them, as the fit and comfort may be better for you.

We provide the training bikes and we recommend you use those. If you want to bring your own, please email us to make arrangements and make sure it meets training bike criteria in size and weight. You will have to sign a waiver in case your vehicle is damaged during class. Remember that even if you have riding experience, you will likely be in a class with 7 others who are brand new riders.

We ride rain or shine – but not in lightning or hail. If rain is predicted, wear your rain gear. If the weather makes riding dangerous, then the instructor will call for the class to be rescheduled. This is rare in Austin.

Yes! The Basic Rider Course is a well-designed curriculum developed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) to teach absolute beginners. It starts with the fundamentals and builds your knowledge and experience over the course of 17 exercises.

This class provides a safe way to try motorcycling with expert instruction. Motorcycling is not for everyone, and you may decide it’s not for you. Or you may have a hard time but want to try again. You are welcome to take the class again but we can’t offer it for free, because it is expensive to hold this class. Although no school can guarantee that you will pass the class, we find that at least 95% of our students do pass the first time. The small percent that come back for a second class usually pass then.

Moderately difficult. You will learn lots of material, and you’ll have to use your brain and your physical skills together. The curriculum is thoughtfully designed and the material is delivered section by section, so you learn something and then build on it. Most people who come ready, rested and relaxed do very well.

Those under 18 need a waiver signed by a parent or guardian in front of the instructor at the first class. The other requirements are as follows (from the DPS website)

Prior to enrolling in the motorcycle safety course, minors (aged 15 – 17) must either:

  1. Have a Class C learner license and have completed the 32 hour classroom phase of a driver education course; or
  2. Present a certificate of completion of the classroom phase (32 hours) of a driver education course (the behind the wheel portion of the driver education course is not required to take the motorcycle safety course or apply for a Class M license; or
  3. A provisional driver license.

You may take the class as long as you have a valid photo ID, but taking the class doesn’t guarantee you are eligible to receive a Texas motorcycle license. For example, if you are visiting but not establishing residency here, DPS will not issue a license. Information is available at this site:


The Basic Rider Class can be taken on a motorcycle or a scooter. If you have any interest in riding a motorcycle this is the best place to learn. You can start on a motorcycle and switch to a scooter but you cannot start on a scooter and switch to a motorcycle. If you have no interest in motorcycles and only want to ride a scooter we can provide a 50cc scooter for you.

Texas does not recognize a scooter as a vehicle designation. 49cc vehicles are considered a moped, and can be ridden legally with a car driver’s license if you are over 18. Every other 2 or 3 wheeled vehicle is considered a motorcycle and requires an M on your license.

If you were ticketed for riding without a license, you must take the class to get the ticket dismissed or reduced. If you were ticketed for a moving violation but you had a motorcycle license, check before you take the class. It may or may not count as ‘defensive driving.’ These legal issues are ultimately up to a judge, so we can’t guarantee any particular outcome.

Austin Moto Academy offers a variety of motorcycles for students in the class. We have the Kawasaki Eliminator 125, a small user friendly cruiser style motorcycle with a low seat height. Other bikes include the Suzuki TU250, Yamaha XT225 and Suzuki DR200 dual-sports, Honda CB300f, KTM Duke 200 and the Honda Grom, and a couple vintage Suzuki GN125s. You will most likely get to choose the bike you ride but the final decision is always left up to the instructor.

The eCourse link and instructions are sent with your confirmation email the moment you register. Check your spam folder if you don’t see it, and contact us if you did not receive the email. There is probably a typo in the email entered.

Sandra CulhaneSandra Culhane
11:19 04 Nov 22
Highly recommend Rob as an instructor. He was clear in his directions and took a varied class of some with no riding experience to those with riding experience and just wanting a license -to all being able to ride and navigate the skills. He is very patient and could identify problems and coach solutions. Rob has a lifetime of experience riding different bikes, and he is a great teacher. I enjoyed the class and would come back for the next class to continue to improve my riding skills.
Raven CorreaRaven Correa
18:48 29 Sep 22
Signed up for the MSF course after obtaining my Honda Shadow Aero and didnt know what to expect. I had a small class and Rob was our instructor, he was nothing short of amazing! He is a very knowledgeable individual that really can see what you're struggling with and provide quick and effective tips to help you succeed. I feel incredibly comfortable and confident when riding thanks to him.
Edward ChoiEdward Choi
21:51 04 Sep 22
Best beginner friendly riding school I've ever taken!I took this over Total Rider and Riding Academy at Harley Davidson because the schedule was flexible. This school allowed you to skip the in-class session by taking eCourse and bringing the certificate on the first day of riding class.The instructor, Rob, was pretty chill and open-minded. He taught everyone with patience every time we made mistakes. He also shared his motorcycle journey with us, which I listened to as a lesson.Long story short, everyone in class passed the test! He went over the courses to make sure everyone understand the instructions.If you're looking for a riding academy to get a motorcycle endorsement, this is the place for you. And make sure you practice your balance, brake, and clutch skills with your bicycle before you enroll in the class. It will help you ride a motorcycle (I'm dead serious).
Julia WolfeJulia Wolfe
14:40 07 Jun 22
Vince is such a fantastic instructor and I only have positive things to say about our experience! My sister and I signed up for the Basic Riders Course with zero motorcycle experience. By the end of the 2 day course and lots of “hands on” drills on the motorcycles, we felt SO much more confident in our driving abilities.Vince always gave great feedback and never “mansplained” anything to us which I really appreciated. Great guy, great class and SO much fun learning a new skill.
Nicholas KingNicholas King
23:31 31 Jan 22
Had a fantastic experience taking the Basic Rider course this past weekend. Our instructor, Rob, was incredibly knowledgeable, patient, and supportive - all traits that were on display the entire weekend. His encouragement was exactly what was needed as everyone in the class was struggling through learning a new skill (myself included!).Rob made the both the written and riding portions of the class engaging through examples, demonstrations, and personal anecdotes. His passion for motorcycles is palpable and it makes the class that much more enjoyable. We had varying skill levels in my class of eight, and everyone learned something and became a stronger rider. This (new) location was a great environment to learn in, too. It's easy to find if you are in the general area (I was nervous I may miss it since Google Maps is a bit off). It is basically the only large, paved area around (attached a picture just in case it helps for triangulating). It was a great space to learn, without being bothered by cars or other distractions. Would highly recommend the Austin Moto Academy + Rob!