Frequently Asked Questions

The following explains the MREM enrollment process and should answer most questions you may have:

Q: Do you provide actual "hands-on" motorcycle training?
A: Our 2-day beginner course (BRC) offers a combination of hands-on riding experience plus classroom instruction. Youll take a written test and a riding skills evaluation on the final day of the weekend. Successful completion of these tests qualifies you for a motorcycle endorsement on your drivers license. Those who pass the written test but fail the riding evaluation will qualify for a permit. 85% of our students pass both tests. Well provide a small training bike and, in a large parking area, certified MSF RiderCoaches will teach you the basics in a step-by-step process. You do not need any prior training or experience to take this course but a good sense of balance and coordination is essential! FMI - go to the Motorcycle Safety Foundations website at: www.msf-usa.org (this site also has contacts for military personnel).

Q: Do you offer a course for experienced riders?

A: Yes, this 1-day course (BRC2) is for licensed riders only and is usually held during the first half of the teaching season on either Saturday or Sunday from 9:00 AM to about 5:00 PM. There are a limited number of dates and classes will be held subject to availability and enrollment. Participants use their own, street-legal, motorcycles and must wear protective gear, including a helmet.

Q: What equipment will a student need prior to taking the course?
A: Participants in both the Basic and Experienced courses must bring a DOT or Snell approved helmet, eye protection (goggles, glasses, or a helmet faceshield), a long-sleeved shirt or jacket, long pants of sturdy material, over-the-ankle footwear, full-fingered gloves (leather boots and gloves are preferred). Rain gear (no ponchos) is strongly recommended.

Q: When do enrollments open?

A: Usually in March each year. 

Q: When and how can I get a schedule of classes?

A: MREM uses the winter months to plan the upcoming schedule. MREM is Maine's only Non-Profit provider of motorcycle education courses.  MREM does not have a site of their very own and therefore depends on various host sites to be able to provide students with these courses.  This means the coordination of multiple schedules as to when and where a course can be offered.  After the schedule is approved it is then posted to our website which is sometime in March.  Students can apply right online!   Applications will be accepted in order of arrival, based on the availability of openings in the classes listed by the applicant. Please keep in mind that it may take 7 to 10 business days to confirm you into a class. 

Q. What can I do if I'm too late to get on the current mailing list?

A: Call or e-mail with a request to be put on our waiting list in case of a cancellation. Classes are limited to twelve students per class thus fill up fast but, we do have some cancellations though-out the season. We'll need your name, address, phone numbers and locations youd be willing to travel to. This waiting list will not carry over to the next year.

Q: How many classes are held each year and where?

A: One or two classes are held on weekends from mid April through mid October, rotating among the following sites: Old Orchard Beach, Fairfield.

Q. Can I get a motorcycle endorsement on my Maine drivers license if I take a course in another state?

A: Yes, if non-residents are allowed to take a class, and if the class offered is the Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic RiderCourse, Maine will allow the road test waiver if you pass. The MSF completion card issued at the end of class will be required at the Maine Motor Vehicle Registry as proof of course completion. To locate a MSF Basic RiderCourse provider in another state go to www.msf-usa.org

Q: Is taking this course the only way to get a license?
A: Yes 

Q: How much does the hands-on course cost?
A: The fee for the BRC is $400.00 and $100.00 for the BRC2, payable online through our provider  PayPal.

Q: Do you offer any discounts?
A: MREM offers a military discount of 10%.

Q: If I already have a permit do I have to sit through the classroom portion of your classes?
A: Yes, State law requires you to take our entire class from start to finish, regardless of prior training. You must pass the skills evaluation in order to qualify to have the BMVs road test waived. To schedule a road test only, send in the postcard that came with your permit. The State will schedule a test date approximately 4-6 weeks from the day you send the card in.

Q: Can I take a class if I am 16?
A: Yes, but you must be 16 before the start of your class. Those applicants who are 16 to 18 years old are required to have completed "Drivers Ed" and must provide a photocopy as well as written permission from a parent or guardian once their enrollment is confirmed.

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