Massachusetts Motorcycle Registration & Title Laws

Massachusetts Motorcycle Registration & Title Laws

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.

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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