Register & Title a Motorcycle in Florida

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This page will cover the street legal requirements and registration and title process in Florida and provide some tips on how to register if you bought the motorcycle with no title.

Florida Title & Inspection Requirements for Used Motorcycles

  • Does Florida have an equipment/safety inspection?
    • No regular inspection required.
  • Does Florida require VIN Inspections for motorcycles bought out of state?
    • Yes, VIN inspection with a Vehicle Identification Number and Odometer Verification Form required when transferring a motorcycle from another state. Usually performed by a law enforcement officer in any state or a DMV employee.
  • Does Florida require a title for old motorcycles?
    • Yes, all motorcycle require a title.

How to Title and Register a Motorcycle in Florida

To register and title your motorcycle in Florida, you’ll need:

  • Original title signed by seller and buyer.
    • Bill of sale and old registration if bought in a state that doesn’t issue titles.
  • Application for Certificate of Title
    • Odometer disclosure not required for motorcycles older than 10 model years.
  • Title & registration fees, and taxes.
  • A VIN Verification if the vehicle was purchased out of state.

How to Register a Motorcycle with No Title in Florida

Here are some of your options if you bought a motorcycle with no title in Florida:

Option 1: Bikes from Florida

Before sale is complete, ask previous owner to get a duplicate title:

Option 2: Bikes from out of state

If the motorcycle was bought in a state that requires motorcycle titles:

Option 3: Register in a No-Title State

Register the bike in a non-title, no residency requirement, mail-in registration application state, such as Vermont.

Florida Street Legal Motorcycle Equipment Requirements

Motorcycles in Florida must have:

  • Rearview Mirrors.
  • Handlebar grips must not be above shoulder height.
  • Passenger footrests required when riding with a passenger.
  • Daytime headlights required.

This information was correct at the time of writing it, but state laws are subject to change.

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8 thoughts on “Register & Title a Motorcycle in Florida”

    1. motorcyclezombies

      You’re correct, Florida does not require proof of insurance to register a bike.

      Liability coverage is required if you plan to ride without a helmet. If you are at-fault in a crash involving injury, death, or property damage, you’ll be financially responsible (standard insurance policy, self insurance certificate, surety bond with the state).

    1. motorcyclezombies

      Depending on the state (i.e. if they don’t issue titles to bikes older than a certain model year) or if the registration is in your name, you should be able to register it in Florida with the out-of-state registration paper. If not, you’ll need to look into acquiring a duplicate title or registering the bike in a no-title state.

  1. Good day

    I just bought a motorbike and would like to ger some plates.
    I am from South Africa and have my bike licence.
    What do i need to get plates for the bike?

    1. motorcyclezombies

      You’ll need to contact Florida HSMV to see if you can register a motorcycle as a non-U.S. citizen. Rules on this vary from state to state.

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