Register & Title a Motorcycle in North Dakota

Register & Title a Motorcycle in North Dakota

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.

North Dakota Title & Inspection Requirements for Old 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

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:

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.

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

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