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How to Register a Motorcycle in Wisconsin

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

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

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

Wisconsin Motorcycle Registration Steps

Registering a motorcycle in Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin DMV.

How to register a motorcycle in Wisconsin:

  1. Apply for your registration/title online, by mail, or in person.
  2. Complete an application: https://mv1.wi.gov/ 
  3. Submit the certificate of title. 
  4. Pay the registration fees and taxes. 

Renew Motorcycle Registration in Wisconsin

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

Motorcycle registrations are valid for a period of 2 years, and expire in even numbered years. All motorcycle registrations expire in the month of April.  

Your options for renewing your Wisconsin motorcycle registration include:

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

  • Your motorcycle registration details. 
  • Your personal information.
  • 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. 

Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin?

The fees for Wisconsin motorcycle registration are as follows:

  • Full 2-year motorcycle registration: $23.

When applying for a new motorcycle registration, the cost will be prorated. 

Local taxes and fees may vary. 

For more information about Wisconsin motorcycle registration and registration renewals, check out the official DMV website at: https://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/online-srvcs/external/bds-landing.aspx 

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

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