Register & Title a Motorcycle in Pennsylvania

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

Pennsylvania Title & Inspection Requirements for Used Motorcycles

  • Does Pennsylvania have an equipment/safety inspection?
    • Yes, there is a periodic safety inspection for motorcycles in Pennsylvania.
  • Does Pennsylvania require VIN Inspections for motorcycles bought out of state?
    • A VIN inspection is required for motorcycle purchased out of state.
  • Does Pennsylvania require a title for old motorcycles?
    • Yes, all motorcycles require a title.

How to Title and Register a Motorcycle in Pennsylvania

To register and title your bike in PA, you’ll need the following:

  • Signed Title
    • Bill of sale and old registration if bought in a state that doesn’t issue titles.
  • Form MV-4ST for Pennsylvania motorcycles. (Available from PENNDOT or certified agent)
  • Form MV-1 for out-of-state motorcycle. (Available from PENNDOT or certified agent).
  • VIN verification for out of state motorcycles.
  • Proof of insurance.
  • Title, registration, sales tax fees.

Notarization Required on the following documents in Pennsylvania:

  • Certificate of Title & Applications

No Title Motorcycle Registration in Pennsylvania

If you bought a used motorcycle with no title:

Option 1: Motorcycles from PA

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.

Pennsylvania Street Legal Motorcycle Equipment Requirements

Street legal motorcycles in PA must have:

  • Rearview mirrors.
  • Fenders on both wheels.
  • Passenger footrest if carrying a passenger.
  • Passenger handholds if carrying a passenger.
  • Speedometer.
  • Odometer required for motorcycles manufactured less than 25 years ago.
  • Daytime headlights required.
  • Auxiliary/ LED lighting permitted.

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

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