How to Register a Motorcycle in Hawaii

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In order to ride your motorcycle on public roadways in Hawaii, you’ll need to make sure it is registered and that your registration is valid. 

When you buy a motorcycle, you’ll first need to transfer the title and get an insurance policy. Next, you’ll need to get it registered and get your Hawaii motorcycle license plates and stickers. 

Note, you should also be sure to have a valid Hawaii motorcycle license when you register your motorcycle too. 

This page will provide you with an overview of the steps to register a motorcycle in Hawaii for the first time, and then we’ll go over your options for renewing your motorcycle registration before it expires. 

Remember, your registration documents and proof of insurance should be kept on your bike when you ride. 

Hawaii Motorcycle Registration Steps

Registering a motorcycle in Hawaii is basically the same process as registering any other vehicle.

If necessary, you’ll also need to complete any motorcycle inspections as required by the Hawaii DMV.

How to register a motorcycle in Hawaii:

  1. Visit your local DMV office. 
  2. Complete an application for registration. 
  3. Provide your proof of ownership documents. 
  4. Present the shipping receipt or bill of lading for out-of-state motorcycles.
  5. Complete a safety inspection. 
  6. Provide the Motor Vehicle Use Tax Certification, if applicable. 
  7. Provide proof of your identity and address.
  8. Pay the registration fees.

If you’ve just moved to Hawaii, you’ll need to have your motorcycle registered with your local county DMV within 30 days. 

If you’ve recently purchased a motorcycle in a private sale, you’ll also have up to 30 days to register it. 

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Renew Motorcycle Registration in Hawaii

In order to avoid any traffic tickets or late fees, you’ll want to make sure that your Hawaii motorcycle registration and license plate stickers are valid. 

Your Hawaii county DMV office should send a renewal notice about 45 days prior to your motorcycle registration expiration date. 

Your options for renewing your Hawaii motorcycle registration include:

  • Online. 
  • By mail. 
  • In person. 

The information and items you’ll need in order to complete your motorcycle registration renewal include:

  • The information from your renewal notice. 
  • Your current address and personal info. 
  • Safety inspection certificates, if applicable. 
  • Your motorcycle information, license plate number, and VIN. 
  • Payment for your renewal fees. 

Depending on the type of bike you have, you may also need to complete the necessary motorcycle inspections when you renew your motorcycle registration. 

Hawaii Motorcycle Insurance

In addition to renewing your motorcycle registration, you’ll also want to make sure that your motorcycle insurance policy is up to date. 

Your annual registration renewal is a great time to compare motorcycle insurance quotes and check for cheaper rates

For more information about Hawaii motorcycle registration and registration renewals, check out the official DMV website at:

Need more information? Check out our overview of the requirements for motorcycle titles and registrations in Hawaii.