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    Subdivision 1. Program established; when required. (a) The commissioner shall establish
a comprehensive off-highway motorcycle environment and safety education and training
program, including the preparation and dissemination of vehicle information and safety advice to
the public, the training of off-highway motorcycle operators, and the issuance of off-highway
motorcycle safety certificates to operators under the age of 16 years who successfully complete
the off-highway motorcycle environment and safety education and training courses.
(b) An individual who is convicted of violating a law related to the operation of an
off-highway motorcycle must successfully complete the environment and safety education and
training program established under paragraph (a) before continuing operation of an off-highway
    Subd. 2. Fees. For the purposes of administering the program and to defray a portion of the
expenses of training and certifying vehicle operators, the commissioner shall collect a fee not to
exceed $5 from each person who receives the training. The commissioner shall collect a fee for
issuing a duplicate off-highway motorcycle safety certificate. The commissioner shall establish
the fee for a duplicate off-highway motorcycle safety certificate, to include a $1 issuing fee
for licensing agents, that neither significantly overrecovers nor underrecovers costs, including
overhead costs, involved in providing the service. The fees, except for the issuing fee for
licensing agents under this subdivision, shall be deposited in the state treasury and credited to the
off-highway motorcycle account in the natural resources fund.
    Subd. 3. Cooperation and consultation. The commissioner shall cooperate with private
organizations and associations, private and public corporations, and local governmental units in
furtherance of the program established under this section. The commissioner shall consult with
the commissioner of public safety in regard to training program subject matter and performance
testing that leads to the certification of off-road motorcycle operators.
    Subd. 4. Off-highway motorcycle safety courses; reciprocity with other states. The
commissioner may enter into reciprocity agreements or otherwise certify off-highway motorcycle
environment and safety education and training courses from other states that are substantially
similar to in-state courses. Proof of completion of a course subject to a reciprocity agreement
or certified as substantially similar is adequate to meet the safety certificate requirements of
sections 84.787 to 84.796.
    Subd. 5. Exemption from rulemaking and legislative approval. The fees provided for
under subdivision 2 are not subject to the rulemaking provisions of chapter 14 and section 14.386
does not apply. The commissioner may establish the fees under subdivision 2 notwithstanding
section 16A.1283.
History: 1993 c 311 art 1 s 5; 2003 c 28 art 1 s 5; 2004 c 221 s 9,10; 1Sp2005 c 1 art
2 s 25,26

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