Registration for a Motorcycle in Maryland

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In order to ride your motorcycle on public roadways in Maryland, 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 Maryland motorcycle license plates and stickers. 

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

This page will provide you with an overview of the steps to register a motorcycle in Maryland 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. 

Maryland Motorcycle Registration Steps

Registering a motorcycle in Maryland 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 Maryland MVA.

How to register a motorcycle in Maryland:

  1. Visit your local MVA office. 
  2. Complete a title and registration application. 
  3. Provide proof of motorcycle insurance. 
  4. Submit your proof of ownership document. 
  5. Submit a BIll of Sale, if applicable. 
  6. Complete any necessary inspections. 
  7. Pay the registration fees and taxes. 

If you’ve recently moved to Maryland, you’ll need to register your motorcycle within 60 days. 

Renew Motorcycle Registration in Maryland

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

Your options for renewing your Maryland motorcycle registration include:

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

  • Your title number. 
  • Your license plate number. 
  • Your personal information.
  • The motorcycle details. 
  • 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. 

Maryland 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

How much does it cost to register a motorcycle in Maryland?

The fees for Maryland motorcycle registration are as follows:

  • Motorcycle license plates: $104 for 2 years. 

For more information about Maryland motorcycle registration and registration renewals, check out the official MVA website at: https://mva.maryland.gov/Pages/default.aspx 

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