Massachusetts Motorcycle Registration & Title Laws

Massachusetts Motorcycle Registration & Title Laws

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

Massachusetts Title & Inspection Requirements for Old Motorcycles

  • Does Massachusetts have an equipment/safety inspection?
    • Periodic safety/equipment inspection required.
  • Does Massachusetts require VIN Inspections for motorcycles bought out of state?
    • No VIN Inspection required.

Does Massachusetts require a title for old motorcycles?

  • No titles required for motorcycles with a model year older than 1990.
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Title and Register an Old Motorcycle in Massachusetts

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

  • Original title
    • Bill of Sale and old registration if bought in a state that doesn’t issue titles or for exempt motorcycles.
  • Application for Registration and Title
  • Bill of Sale if there is no title or no sales price section on the title.
  • Title, registration, sales tax fees.

How to Register a Motorcycle without a Title in Massachusetts

If you purchased a used motorcycle with no title in MA, you can try the following options:

Option 1: Bill of Sale for Bikes older than 1990

No titles required for motorcycles older than 1990.

  • Use the bill of sale and old registration.

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.

Massachusetts Street Legal Motorcycle Equipment Requirements

Street legal motorcycles in Massachusetts must have:

  • Rearview mirror on left side.
  • Fenders on both wheels.
  • Passenger footrests when carrying passengers.
  • Turn signals for motorcycles manufactured after 1972.

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

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