Register & Title a Motorcycle in Rhode Island

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.


4 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

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