Register & Title a Motorcycle in Ohio

ATTENTION: Be prepared to satisfy any insurance requirements when you register & title your motorcycle.

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

Learn more about motorcycle title transfers in Ohio.

Ohio Title & Inspection Requirements for Used Motorcycles

  • Does Ohio have an equipment/safety inspection?
    • Yes, periodic motorcycle safety inspection conducted.
  • Does Ohio require VIN Inspections for motorcycles bought out of state?
    • VIN verification required for out of state motorcycles.
  • Does Ohio require a title for old motorcycles?
    • All Ohio motorcycles are titled.

Title and Register a Motorcycle in Ohio

You’ll need to provide the following:

Notarization Required on the following documents in Ohio:

  • Bill of Sale
  • Title

Find more information about Ohio motorcycle registration and registration renewal.

How to Register a Motorcycle with No Title in Ohio

Option 1: Bikes bought in Ohio

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

Learn how to replace a lost motorcycle title in Ohio.

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.

Ohio Street Legal Motorcycle Equipment Requirements

Street legal motorcycles in Ohio must have:

  • Rearview mirrors.
  • Handlebar height maximum 15” above seat and not above shoulder height.
  • Passenger footrests when carrying passengers.
  • Horn.

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

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2 thoughts on “Register & Title a Motorcycle in Ohio”

  1. I am a resident of OHIO but working in Nogales Mexico. I want to buy a motorcycle in Arizona or New Mexico. I don’t know how to do this and register it in Ohio without physically going back to Ohio. Any suggestions would help. I don’t have an address in Arizona to register it to.

    1. motorcyclezombies

      Best bet will be to contact Ohio BMV to see what registration steps apply for out-of-state residents.

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