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Register & Title a Motorcycle in New Jersey


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

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New Jersey Title & Inspection Requirements for Used Motorcycles

  • Does New Jersey have an equipment/safety inspection?
    • No safety/equipment inspections required.
  • Does New Jersey require VIN Inspections for motorcycles bought out of state?
    • No VIN inspection required.
  • Does New Jersey require a title for old motorcycles?
    • Yes, all models years of motorcycles are titled.

How to Title and Register a Motorcycle in New Jersey

To register and title your bike, you’ll need:

  • Signed title.
    • Pencil trace or photo of the vehicle identification number, notarized bill of sale, old registration card if bought in a state that doesn’t issue titles
  • Registration Application (BA-49). Picked up at the MVC.
  • Proof of insurance.
  • Title and registration fees and sales tax.
  • Application for Title

Notarization Required on the following documents in New Jersey:

  • Bill of Sale form

Find more information about New Jersey motorcycle registration and registration renewal.

How to Register a No Title Motorcycle in New Jersey

Option 1: Motorcycles from New Jersey

Before sale is complete, ask previous owner to get a duplicate title:

Learn how to replace a lost motorcycle title in New Jersey.

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.

New Jersey Street Legal Motorcycle Equipment Requirements

New Jersey requires motorcycles to have:

  • Rearview mirrors.
  • Fenders on rear wheel.
  • Handlebar grips must not be above shoulder height.
  • Passenger footrest if riding with a passenger.

Learn more about street legal motorcycle requirements.

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

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