Register & Title a Motorcycle in Michigan

Register & Title a Motorcycle in Michigan


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

Michigan Title & Inspection Requirements for Old Motorcycles

  • Does Michigan have an equipment/safety inspection?
    • Periodic motorcycle inspection required.
  • Does Michigan require VIN Inspections for motorcycles bought out of state?
    • Not required.

Does Michigan require a title for old motorcycles?

  • Title required for old motorcycles.
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Title and Register a Motorcycle in Michigan

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

  • Signed motorcycle title.
    • Bill of sale and old registration if bought in a state that doesn’t issue titles.
  • Proof of insurance.
  • Registration and title fees and sales tax.
  • Application for Michigan Title

Register a Motorcycle with No Title in Michigan

Option 1: Motorcycles from Michigan

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.

Michigan Street Legal Motorcycle Equipment Requirements

Michigan requires street legal motorcycles to have:

  • Rearview mirrors.
  • Handlebars no more than 15” above seat.
  • Passenger footrest when riding with passenger.

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


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