3 Wheel Motorcycle License, Registration, and Insurance in North Carolina

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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 North Carolina.

Do you Need a Motorcycle License for a Trike in North Carolina?

Yes, you need to have a motorcycle license to ride a trike in NC.

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

Do you Need a Motorcycle License for an Autocycle in North Carolina?

In North Carolina, a motorcycle license is not required to operate an autocycle like a Slingshot. A valid North Carolina driver’s license is all you need to legally drive one.

North Carolina 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 need to take the DMV written exam and motorcycle skills test. 

Prepare for your DMV tests with our North Carolina 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 North Carolina

North Carolina 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:

North Carolina Insurance Requirements for 3-Wheel Motorcycles and Autocycles

You will need to carry a valid motorcycle insurance policy with the minimum liability coverage (30/60/25) in order to register and ride your trike or autocycle in North Carolina.

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 North Carolina, please contact the DMV or visit their official website.