Register & Title a Motorcycle in Rhode Island

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 Rhode Island and provide some tips on how to register if you bought the motorcycle without a title.

Rhode Island Title & Inspection Requirements for Used Motorcycles

  • Does Rhode Island have an equipment/safety inspection?
    • Periodic inspection required.
  • Does Rhode Island require VIN Inspections for motorcycles bought out of state?
    • Required for out of state motorcycles 2001 or newer.
  • Does Rhode Island require a title for old motorcycles?
    • No titles required for motorcycles with a model year of 2000 and older.

Title and Register a Motorcycle in Rhode Island

You’ll need to provide the following to register your motorcycle in RI:

How to Register a Project Motorcycle with No Title in Rhode Island

If your motorcycle doesn’t have a title:

Option 1: Bikes older than 2001 don’t require a title in RI.

  • Use a bill of sale.
  • Proof of previous owner.

Option 2: Register in a No-Title State

Register the bike in a non-title, no residency requirement, mail-in registration application state, such as Vermont.

Rhode Island Street Legal Motorcycle Equipment Requirements

RI requires motorcycles to have the following:

  • Left side mirror.
  • Fenders on both wheels.
  • Handlebars no more than 15” above seat.
  • Passenger footrests and handholds required with passengers.
  • Speedometer required if originally equipped.

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

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6 thoughts on “Register & Title a Motorcycle in Rhode Island”

  1. I have a 2002 Suzuki gsxr 1000 do I need a title to register it in Rhode island or can I just use the bill of sale

      1. I’d like to buy a bike but they just have previous registration an bill of sale. 02 katana. Can I get it registered in my name in Rhode island?

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