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Register & Title a Motorcycle in North Dakota

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

Learn more about motorcycle title transfers in North Dakota.

North Dakota Title & Inspection Requirements for Used Motorcycles

  • Does North Dakota have an equipment/safety inspection?
    • Not required.
  • Does North Dakota require VIN Inspections for motorcycles bought out of state?
    • May be required when the motorcycle doesn’t have a title.
  • Does North Dakota require a title for old motorcycles?
    • Title required.

How to Title and Register a Motorcycle in North Dakota

To register and title your ND motorcycle, you’ll need:

Notarization Required on the following documents in North Dakota:

  • Bill of Sale

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

Register a No Title Bike in North Dakota

Option 1: Bikes purchased in North Dakota

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

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

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 Dakota Street Legal Motorcycle Equipment Requirements

Street legal motorcycle in ND must include:

  • Horn.
  • Rearview mirrors.
  • Fenders on both wheels.
  • Handlebars not higher than shoulder height.
  • Turn signals required for motorcycles manufactured after 1972.
  • Speedometer and odometer.

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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4 thoughts on “Register & Title a Motorcycle in North Dakota”

  1. Why does the motorcycle need an odometer? I understand a speedometer but what good does an odometer do for titling wise?

    1. motorcyclezombies

      These sorts of laws will vary from state to state, as does enforcement of them.

      For North Dakota, you can refer to the Motorcycle Equipment Guide: https://www.dot.nd.gov/manuals/mv/MVD2894.pdf

      If you are required to get your motorcycle inspection, there is a check box for Speedometer and Odometer on the Inspection Form (https://www.dot.nd.gov/forms/sfn02486.pdf).

      If your bike is older and wasn’t equipped with an odometer to begin with, you’re most likely be O.K. Otherwise, you’ve got plenty of aftermarket/bolt-on options that can be easily installed and removed.

      Unfortunately, MotorcycleZombies.com doesn’t make the laws, we just try to do our best to help get bikes running and registered. Good luck!

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