Register & Title a Motorcycle in Iowa

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

Iowa Title & Inspection Requirements for Used Motorcycles

  • Does Iowa have an equipment/safety inspection?
    • No safety inspection required.
  • Does Iowa require VIN Inspections for motorcycles bought out of state?
    • Not required.
  • Does Iowa require a title for old motorcycles?
    • Titles required for all motorcycles.

How to Title and Register a Motorcycle in Iowa

To register your bike in Iowa, you’ll need the following:

How to Register a Motorcycle with No Title in Iowa

Option 1: Motorcycles from Iowa

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.

Iowa Street Legal Motorcycle Equipment Requirements

Iowa requires motorcycle to have:

  • Rearview mirrors.
  • Passenger footrest when carrying a passenger.
  • Speedometer and Odometer.
  • Daytime headlights.

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


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