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Register & Title a Motorcycle in North Carolina

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

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North Carolina Title & Inspection Requirements for Used Motorcycles

  • Does North Carolina have an equipment/safety inspection?
    • Random safety/equipment inspections required for motorcycles.
  • Does North Carolina require VIN Inspections for motorcycles bought out of state?
    • No VIN inspection required.
  • Does North Carolina require a title for old motorcycles?
    • Yes, all motorcycles are titled in North Carolina.

How to Title and Register a Motorcycle in North Carolina

You’ll need to provide the following:

  • Original signed title
    • Bill of sale and old registration if bought in a state that doesn’t issue titles.
  • Title Application
  • Registration, Title, Sales tax fees.

Notarization Required on the following documents in North Carolina:

  • Original title.
  • Title application.
  • Duplicate title application.

Find more information about North Carolina motorcycle registration and registration renewal.

How to Register a Motorcycle with No Title in North Carolina

If you have purchased a motorcycle with no title, you’ve got the following options:

Option 1: Bikes from North Carolina

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

Learn how to replace a lost motorcycle title in North Carolina.

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.

North Carolina Street Legal Motorcycle Equipment Requirements

Street legal motorcycles in North Carolina must have:

  • Rearview mirrors.
  • Passenger footrest if riding with a passenger.
  • Turn Signals for motorcycles manufactured after 2004.
  • Speedometer required for motorcycles at least 20 years old.
  • Daytime headlight required.

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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