Illinois Motorcycle Registration & Title


This page will cover the street legal requirements and registration and title process in Illinois and provide some tips on how to register if you bought the motorcycle without a title.

Illinois Title & Inspection Requirements for Used Motorcycles

  • Does Illinois have an equipment/safety inspection?
    • Not required.
  • Does Illinois require VIN Inspections for motorcycles bought out of state?
    • Not required.
  • Does Illinois require a title for old motorcycles?
    • Yes, Illinois requires all motorcycles to be titled.

Title and Register a Motorcycle in Illinois


To title and register your motorcycle project in Illinois, you’ll need the following:

How to Register a Motorcycle with no Title in Illinois

You have the following options if you’ve bought a motorcycle with no title:

Option 1: Bikes from IL

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.

Illinois Street Legal Motorcycle Equipment Requirements

Illinois requires motorcycles to meet the following requirements:

  • Rearview mirrors.
  • Handlebars must not be higher than rider’s head height.
  • Passenger footrest required when riding with a passenger.
  • Daytime headlight required.

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


4 thoughts on “Illinois Motorcycle Registration & Title”

  1. I have a old flh titled as a 1971 title matches vin number on engine the frame is older a 69 i believe and has no vin. I have owned the bike for 27 years. I am trying to sell it and someone is telling me that its not legal and there is no way to make it so what is the reality here

    1. No VIN at all on the frame (and no accompanying ownership documents for it) is going make things difficult for the buyer if they try to title and register the bike in their name.

      However, with the title you do have and a bill of sale for the transaction, you should be able to sell the bike with no problem. You should be explicit about the frame VIN in the sale.

    1. motorcyclezombies

      Yes, an MCO should work in place of the title. Be sure to get a Bill of Sale along with it. Contact the SOS to verify if you’ll need anything else, but you should be good.

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