3 Wheel Motorcycle License, Registration, and Insurance in New York

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Ready to get on the road with your trike or autocycle?

Keep reading for an overview of the licensing, registration, and insurance requirements for 3-wheel motorcycles in New York.

Do you Need a Motorcycle License for a Trike in New York?

Yes, you are required to hold a valid motorcycle license in order to ride a trike in New York. 

For more information, please check out our guide on how to get a motorcycle license in New York.

Do you Need a Motorcycle License for an Autocycle in New York?

In New York, a motorcycle license is also required to operate an autocycle like a Slingshot. 

New York 3 Wheel Motorcycle License Test

In order to get a trike motorcycle license, you’ll need to:

  • Pass a motorcycle knowledge exam. 
  • Pass a motorcycle skills test. 

If you complete an approved motorcycle training course, you will not be required to take the DMV skills test.

Completing your tests or training on a trike will limit your motorcycle license to 3-wheel motorcycles only. 

Prepare for your DMV tests with our New York motorcycle permit practice test

Be sure to refer to your state’s motorcycle operator handbook and the 3-wheel motorcycle supplement from MSF. 

How to Register a Trike or Autocycle in New York

New York title and registration for 3-wheel motorcycles, trikes, and autocycles is a similar process to that of 2-wheel motorcycles. 

In general, you’ll need the following items and information:

  • Proof of ownership (Title, MCO, previous registration documents, Bill of Sale).
  • An application for registration and title. 
  • Proof of completion of any necessary safety inspections. 
  • Proof of insurance coverage. 
  • Payment for your license plates, registration fees, and taxes. 

For more details on registering and titling your trike or autocycle, please refer to our guides on the following topics:

New York Insurance Requirements for 3-Wheel Motorcycles and Autocycles

Motorcycle insurance is required for your trike or autocycle in New York. You’ll need proof of insurance to register and ride your vehicle. 

The minimum liability coverage requirements in NY are 25/50/10.

The right insurance coverage is a good idea to protect yourself, your financial health, and your vehicle in the event of an accident, theft, or damage. 

Get more details in our guide to motorcycle insurance here. 

Need a quote? Find the right autocycle or trike insurance policy with our free quote tool

Note that state laws and regulations are subject to change, for any questions or further details about 3-wheel motorcycles in New York, please contact the DMV or visit their official website.