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How to Get a Title for a Motorcycle in Hawaii


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When you buy a motorcycle or move from another state, you’ll need to transfer the title within the Hawaii DMV’s specified time frame in order to stay compliant and avoid any penalties. 

This page will provide you with the details and requirements for getting a motorcycle title in Hawaii.

After that, you’ll be ready to get your Hawaii motorcycle registration and license plate

How do I transfer ownership of a motorcycle in Hawaii?

The most important step in transferring ownership when you buy or sell a motorcycle is completing the title transfer. 

In order to transfer ownership of a motorcycle, both the buyer and the seller will need to fill out and sign the title. 

The seller should also create a Bill of Sale that both parties should sign and retain a copy of. 

After that, the buyer will need to take their application documents, including the signed motorcycle title, to their local DMV in order to complete the title transfer process. 

The seller may need to notify the DMV of the sale by submitting a notice of transfer and release of liability form. 

How to Fill Out a Hawaii Motorcycle Title

The first step in any title transfer is having the existing title filled out and signed by both the buyer and the seller. 

Before you start to fill out your Hawaii motorcycle title, be sure to:

  • Use blue or black ink only. 
  • Avoid crossing out or whiting out any items on the title as this can void it. 
  • Have taken care of any name changes beforehand. 
  • Have removed any old lienholder information, if applicable. 
  • Have both registered owners present to sign the title if the names are joined by “and.”

Always be sure to follow the instructions on your specific title and refer to your state’s official DMV for any questions. 

To fill out a Hawaii motorcycle title:

  • Have the seller complete the sections on the front of the title, including:
    • Odometer reading. 
    • Date of sale. 
    • Printed and signed name releasing interest in the motorcycle. 
  • Have the buyer complete the sections on the back of title, including:
    • Buyer’s name and address.
    • Buyer’s signature.

Hawaii Motorcycle Title Transfers

A motorcycle title transfer proceeds like any other vehicle title transfer in Hawaii.

Here is what you need to transfer a Hawaii motorcycle title into your name:

  1. Visit your local county vehicle office. 
  2. Submit the signed over title. 
  3. Provide the last-issued registration. 
  4. Have the current inspection certificate. 
  5. Pay the title transfer fees.

If you’ve just bought the motorcycle, you’ll need to transfer the title within 30 days. 

How much does it cost to transfer a motorcycle title in Hawaii?

The fees for Hawaii motorcycle title transfers include:

  • Title transfer fee: $10.

For more information about motorcycle title transfers in Hawaii, check out the official DMV website at: 

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

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