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 Virginia.
Do you Need a Motorcycle License for a Trike in Virginia?
Yes, you need to have a motorcycle license in order to operate a 3-wheel motorcycle in Virginia.
For more information, please check out our guide on how to get a motorcycle license in Virginia.
Do you Need a Motorcycle License for an Autocycle in Virginia?
In Virginia, a motorcycle license is not required to operate an autocycle like a Slingshot. A valid Virginia driver’s license is all you need to legally drive one.
Virginia 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 waive your VA DMV motorcycle tests.
Skills tests and training on a trike will limit your license to 3-wheel motorcycles.
Prepare for your DMV tests with our Virginia 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 Virginia
Virginia 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:
- Virginia Motorcycle Registration & Title Overview
- Virginia Motorcycle Registration & Registration Renewals
- Virginia Motorcycle Title Transfers
Virginia Insurance Requirements for 3-Wheel Motorcycles and Autocycles
You will need a current motorcycle insurance policy to register and ride your trike or autocycle in Virginia.
Minimum limits are 25/50/20.
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.
Learn more about trike insurance.
Note that state laws and regulations are subject to change, for any questions or further details about 3-wheel motorcycles in Virginia, please contact the DMV or visit their official website.