Registration for a Motorcycle in Michigan

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

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

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

Michigan Motorcycle Registration Steps

Registering a motorcycle in Michigan 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 Michigan SOS.

How to register a motorcycle in Michigan:

  1. Visit your local SOS branch. 
  2. Submit the motorcycle title. 
  3. Pay the registration fees and taxes. 

If you’ve recently bought a motorcycle, you’ll need to get it registered within 15 days. 

Renew Motorcycle Registration in Michigan

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

Your options for renewing your Michigan motorcycle registration include:

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

  • Your license plate number. 
  • Your motorcycle VIN.
  • Your personal information and address.
  • 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. 

Michigan 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 Michigan motorcycle registration and registration renewals, check out the official SOS website at: https://www.michigan.gov/sos 

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