Charter with the AMA

Forms and information for chartering with the AMA

Clubs and promoters that charter with the AMA are recognized as professional, family-friendly, fair and legitimate by communities, participants and the motorcycling industry.

Your organization can charter with the AMA in different ways, listed below. There are types of charters for nearly any type of group. Whether you just want to receive official recognition for your social club or you wish to organize high-profile AMA rides and races, there's an option for you.

Learn more about starting a successful AMA club by reading our Partnering for Success guide.

Charter Forms and Documents

If you have questions or would like to order these forms by mail, please contact us at: (614) 856-1900 or clubs@ama-cycle.org.

Promoting Organization

Commercial organizations that are not organized as clubs may become AMA-chartered promoters. AMA-chartered promoters are eligible to sanction AMA events and to vote for AMA Congress Delegates. The requirements are:

  • New promoters or promoters who have not renewed their charter for two or more years must submit two letters of recommendation from business associates or organizations in their community (on company letterhead stationery).
  • Organization is required to have a principal officer.
  • Officers of promoting organizations must be current AMA members.
  • Charter application is required annually, and expires Dec. 31 of the calendar year.
  • The fee for being an AMA-chartered promoter is $250 per calendar year.

Promoting Club (Recreational or Competition)

Promoting Clubs can sanction events and vote for AMA Congress Delegates. A representative from these clubs must attend an AMA Risk Management Workshop before holding AMA sanctions.

  • All club officers must be current AMA members.
  • Including officers, club must have at least 10 current AMA members.
  • Two letters of recommendation, printed on company letterhead, and a copy of club Constitution and By-Laws are required to be submitted by first year applicants or clubs that have not renewed their AMA charter for two or more years.
  • The charter fee is $100 per calendar year.

Social Club

For enthusiasts who ride together, be it road or off-road, but don't intend to host formal events for non-members. The requirements for this club are:

  • At least five current AMA members must be listed on the application.
  • These clubs cannot vote for Congress Delegates or host sanctioned events.
  • The charter fee is $50 for a calendar year.

Historic Club

These are clubs that believe in the principles of the AMA but do not have a large enough membership roll, or are no longer active enough, to maintain a promoting charter.

  • The club must be in existence for 50 years or more (as verified by the AMA).
  • At least five current AMA members must be listed on the application.
  • These clubs cannot vote for Congress Delegates or host sanctioned events.
  • The charter fee is $50 for a calendar year.

Service Charter (Non-Promoting)

An AMA service charter is available for organizations that specifically fall under Motorcyclists' Rights, Military, Police, Fire or Charity. These groups provide a service to the motorcycle community and others through their organization.

  • At least five current AMA members must be listed on the application.
  • These clubs cannot vote for AMA Congress Delegates or host sanctioned events.
  • The charter fee is $50 for a calendar year.

Service Charter (Promoting)

Service Charter (Promoting) Clubs can sanction events and vote for AMA Congress Delegates. A club representative must attend an AMA Risk Management Workshop before holding AMA sanctions. Service charters are available for organizations that specifically fall under Motorcyclists' Rights, Military, Police, Fire or Charity. They provide a service to the motorcycle community and others through their organization.

  • All club officers must be current AMA members.
  • Including officers, club must have at least 10 current AMA members.
  • Two letters of recommendation, printed on company letterhead, and a copy of club Constitution and By-Laws are required to be submitted by first year applicants or clubs that have not renewed their AMA charter for two or more years.
  • The charter fee is $50 per calendar year.

AMA Charter Automatic Renewal Program

Clubs and promoters are invited to opt into our AMA Charter Automatic Renewal Program.

This program allows us to automatically renew your organization’s AMA charter each year with no action on your part. All Charter eligibility requirements apply. You understand that by agreeing to automatic renewal of your AMA charter, the annual charter fee (at the then-current rate) will automatically be charged once a year on Dec. 1 to the credit card that you have registered with us, unless you alter or cancel your AMA Charter as provided below.

You understand that we will notify you by email at least 30 days before charging your credit card, and that you reserve the right at that time to alter or cancel your AMA charter for the coming year. If you wish to alter or cancel your AMA charter you must provide us at least 10 days notice of your desire to cancel at the following address or telephone number:

American Motorcyclist Association
Attn: Organizer Services, Charters
13515 Yarmouth Drive
Pickerington, OH 43147

In the event that you wish to dispute any charge to your credit card made pursuant to the automatic renewal authorization, you agree to contact us first at the address or telephone number above to resolve the dispute. You also authorize us to charge or credit your credit card as needed to account for any undercharge or overcharge errors, or to resubmit a failed or declined charge.