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How to Register a Dirt Bike

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If you want to ride your dirt bike off-road on public lands, you’ll need to abide by the registration and permit requirements set by your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and/or parks department. 

This page will provide you with the details you’ll need to get started. Once you’ve gathered all of your documents, you’ll need to visit your local DMV or visit the state’s official website.

Register your Off-Road Dirt Bike

An off-road registration plate, ID card, or decal will generally be required for you to ride your dirt bike on public land. 

To register your dirt bike, you’ll need:

  • Proof of ownership, which may include:
    • A dirt bike title.
    • A bill of sale. 
    • Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin (MCO).
  • To complete a VIN Inspection
  • To complete an application for an off-road registration or permit. 
  • Pay the registration fee.

Here’s the information you’ll typically need to provide:

  • Your full name, address, and driver’s license number. 
  • Your dirt bike’s year, make, model, and VIN number. 

In states like California, you’ll also need to display a decal that corresponds to the bike’s emissions rating. 

Depending on where you live, you may need to renew your off-road registration annually or biannually. Some registration permits may be issued for shorter or longer periods depending on the state. 

If you’re looking for information on making your dirt bike street legal, we’ve got some information on that too.

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