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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 Used 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.
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:
- Have the previous owner request a duplicate title in that state.
- Find motorcycle registration and title details for all states here.
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.
- Follow the registration requirements in Vermont.
- Transfer your registration to your own state.
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.