CMSP Motorcycle Safety Courses in San Diego, CA

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 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 license.

The CMSP also offers the Premier Program which is an extended MTC consisting of 7.5-hours of classroom and 13.5-hours of riding.

CMSP Motorcyclist Training Course (MTC)

The California Motorcyclist Safety Program (CMSP) Motorcyclist Training Course (MTC) is designed for the novice rider with no (or limited) street riding experience and is required for those under 21 years old. This course includes both 5-hours of classroom and 10-hours on-cycle instruction. You will learn fundamental skills required to operate the motorcycle and progress to street riding skills and strategies. Upon successful completion you will earn a DMV skills test waiver (DL389).

CMSP 1-Day Premier Program

The California Motorcyclist Safety Program 1-Day Course allows riders–who are 21 and older and who already know how to ride but are not licensed–the opportunity to achieve intermediate level skills. Riders will also receive a DMV skills test waiver for successful completion of the course.

The 1-Day Premier Course is based on the most current research in rider safety, utilizes modern training methods and has been proven to enhance student outcomes. Although designed primarily as a safety course, the course is also challenging and fun. It is completed in one 8-hour day. We will provide one of our training motorcycles for use during the course or students may choose to ride their own motorcycles/scooters as long as it meets the requirements. A motorcycle riding jacket is required to take this course.

Successful completion of both the riding and written portions of the course will earn the rider a DMV DL389 skills test waiver. Per California regulations, you will still need to complete the DMV written test.

CMSP Training Sites in San Diego

There are over 100 CMSP training locations throughout California, with five locations in the San Diego County (two of which are for the military only).

Pacific Safety Center

For over 60 years, the Pacific Safety Center (PSC) has specialized in on-site, customized safety solutions for Southern California.

North Island Credit Union Amphitheater 2050 Entertainment Circle Chula Vista, CA 91911 Gate B3

Southwestern College 900 Otay Lakes Rd Chula Vista, CA 91910 Parking Lot C and D


Twysted Throttle

Since 2018, Twysted Throttle has been offering North County San Diego a learning environment for new, intermediate, and advanced riders.

420 N Twin Oaks Valley RD San Marcos, CA 92069-9968



There are a variety of traffic safety courses offered by the MCAS Safety Department.


MCB Camp Pendleton *MILITARY ONLY*

The installation safety office at MCB Camp Pendleton offers a variety of different motorcycle courses meant to train installation personnel on motorcycle rider safety.


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