Register & Title a Motorcycle in New York

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

New York Title & Inspection Requirements for Used Motorcycles

  • Does New York have an equipment/safety inspection?
    • Equipment inspections performed randomly.
  • Does New York require VIN Inspections for motorcycles bought out of state?
    • No VIN inspection required.
  • Does New York require a title for old motorcycles?
    • No title required for motorcycles older than model year 1973.

How to Title and Register a Motorcycle in New York

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

Notarization Required on the following documents in Alabama:

  • Bill of sale.

Register a Motorcycle with No Title in New York

If you bought a used motorcycle with no title in New York, you can try the following to get it registered:

Option 1: Bikes from NYS

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

Option 2: Bikes from outside New York 

If the motorcycle was bought in a state that requires 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 York Street Legal Motorcycle Equipment Requirements

New York requires motorcycles to have the following:

  • Rearview mirrors.
  • Handlebar grips must not be above shoulder height.
  • Turn signals required for motorcycles manufactured after 1984.
  • Daytime Headlights required.
  • Horn.
  • Speedometer required for motorcycles manufactured after 1979.

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

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