CMSP Motorcyclist Training Course(MTC)

15 Hour, 2 or 3 Day Course

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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.

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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’s license.

Benefits of Taking The Course

Frequently Asked Questions

$ 350.00*

*State Regulated Price

Each course consists of 17 total hours of training – 7 hours of classroom instruction and 10 hours of riding instruction:

1 remote classroom session conducted on Wednesday from 6-9 PM PDT.

1 in-person classroom, hosted at Biggs Harley Davidson on Saturdays from 1-5 PM PDT.

Hands-on training/riding 7 am – Noon PDT Saturday and Sunday.

Classroom Instruction:

Biggs Harley-Davidson, 1040 Los Vallecitos Blvd, Suite #113, San Marcos, CA 92069

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Motorcycle Training Facility:

2561 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA 92008 — “In front of Sears automotive center parking lot”

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Once completed, Biggs Harley-Davidson will contact you via Phone number provided during registration for pick-up at their office location.

If you’re unsuccessful to complete the course: You can pay a fee of $100.00 dollars and retake all training conducted on the 2nd day of ride instruction along with the practical exam.

Yes, if it has not been in a crash, visible damage, no more than five years old and at least a ¾ helmet.

No, we have plenty of gloves for you to borrow ranging in sizes from extra small to double extra large.

No, they are not sturdy and will not provide proper protection for the motorcycle. (No exceptions!!)

Yes, the only reason we will pause or cancel (or pause) training is in the event of close lightning strikes or excessive water on the motorcycle  training range.

No, it’s not a requirement.  However, if you are unsure if your gear is suitable for class or would like a pre-inspection by your Instructor then we encourage you to do so.

They must be sturdy, over the ankle boots and must cover at least your ankle bone. No exceptions!  If you are concerned they may not qualify you can bring them to your first classroom session for inspection by your Instructor.

Yes, you will be required to take a written test and pay a fee at the DMV to obtain your Motorcycle (M1) Endorsement and reissuance of your  California Driver’s license.

The State of California sets the standard tuition and discounts or free classes are expressly forbidden by the CHP and DMV.

No.  Others in class may not wish to be photographed.  Also, Total Control Inc is the sole proprietor of the licensed curriculum (MTC). Therefore, unauthorized photography or recording of any kind while class is in session, is strictly prohibited. We encourage photos before or after class or during one of the many breaks throughout the day.

Contact the office (during business hours) within less than 12 months after passing your course to obtain a replacement copy.

Your DL-389 will be delivered to Biggs Harley Davidson, San Marcos within 5 working days and they will contact you for pick-up or delivery options.

Yes, long sleeves are all that is required.  However, we encourage safety-minded motorcycle gear and always consider the sport you are about to attend.

** NO Yoga Pants, Leggings, Jeggings, Shorts, Track Pants ** 

** No clothing that is derogatory, racist, construed as offensive, politically driven, etc.**

Minimum Requirements

Long Shirt or Jacket (NOT 3/4th sleeve)

Long Pants or Jeans (No holes, rips, tears, etc.)

Sturdy over the ankle boots (MUST cover ankle bone)


Street specific motorcycle gloves (NOT mechanics or dirt gloves)

Full Face Helmet (Not older than 5 years since manufacture date and no visible damage)

Full Face or 3/4th helmet

Full finger motorcycle gloves




A ready to have fun and learn attitude!

Any snacks or nutritional requirements that you may have

Sunscreen (if needed)

Drivers License

Writing utensil (Pen / Pencil)

Change of clothes for classroom instruction

No, we have helmets for you to borrow ranging in size from extra-small to double extra-large.

Yes, if they are street motorcycle specific and full fingered with no holes or tears.

No, they are designed for working on hot engine parts, not for the sport of motorcycling.

Yes, if you need prescription glasses to see, we encourage you to do so!

you are encouraged to check the forecast before your class and dress accordingly (i.e. dress in warm layers and bring a change of clothes).

No, we encourage you to be comfortable in the classroom setting but PLEASE dress respectfully.

We will hold all classroom portions of your class at Biggs Harley Davidson located at 1040 Los Vallecitos Blvd, Suite 113, San Marcos Ca 92069.

No. If you have successfully completed your class, the riding examination is waived.

Every State has different licensing requirements and procedures, we encourage you to call your State’s licensing entity before you sign up for class.

Yes, if they stay clear of the training area. However, please remember that some people do get nervous when taking a test and may not want spectators.

You have one calendar year to obtain your motorcycle M1 Endorsement from the State of California. If it has expired you will not be issued another, and you must retake the class for another.

Please contact the office to reschedule at your earliest convenience. You will have no more than 60 calendar days to complete the class.  We will do our best to work with your schedule.  Please remember we are working with everyone else’ schedules as well.

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Please click here to schedule your first motorcycle lesson.  Office hours are from 9am – 5 pm PDT M-F

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