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How to Register a Motorcycle in Vermont


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

Note, if you are a Vermont resident, you should also be sure to have a valid Vermont motorcycle license when you register your motorcycle too.

Out-of-state residents are eligible to register motorcycles in VT as well.

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

Vermont Motorcycle Registration Steps

Registering a motorcycle in Vermont 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 Vermont DMV.

How to register a motorcycle in Vermont:

  1. Submit your application by mail or in person. 
  2. Complete a registration application: https://dmv.vermont.gov/sites/dmv/files/documents/VD-119-Vehicle_Registration_Tax_Title.pdf 
  3. Submit your ownership documents (title, registration, etc.)
  4. Submit the bill of sale and odometer disclosure statement, if applicable. 
  5. Complete a VIN Verification, if applicable. 
  6. Provide the NADA value printout if you submit your application by mail. 
  7. Pay the registration fees and taxes. 

Motorcycles over 15 years old can use the Bill of Sale as proof of ownership. 

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

Renew Motorcycle Registration in Vermont

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

Your options for renewing your Vermont motorcycle registration include:

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

  • Your registration renewal ID. 
  • Your license plate number. 
  • Your personal information and current 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. 

Vermont 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 Vermont?

The fees for Vermont motorcycle registration are as follows:

  • 1-year motorcycle registration: $48
  • 2-year motorcycle registration: $96. 
  • Sales tax: 6% of purchase price of NADA clean trade-in value, whichever is greater.

For more information about Vermont motorcycle registration and registration renewals, check out the official DMV website at: https://dmv.vermont.gov/ 

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

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