Register & Title a Motorcycle in Michigan

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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:

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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