Register & Title a Motorcycle in South Dakota

Register & Title a Motorcycle in South Dakota

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

South Dakota Title & Inspection Requirements for Old Motorcycles

  • Does South Dakota have an equipment/safety inspection?
    • Not required.
  • Does South Dakota require VIN Inspections for motorcycles bought out of state?
    • Not required.
  • Does South Dakota require a title for old motorcycles?
  • Yes, title required.

Title and Register a Motorcycle in South Dakota

You’ll need to provide the following:

How to Register a Motorcycle with No Title in South Dakota

If your project motorcycle has no title:

Option 1: Motorcycles bought in SD

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.

South Dakota Street Legal Motorcycle Equipment Requirements

Motorcycles in South Dakota must have:

  • Rearview mirrors.
  • Passenger footrests when riding with passengers.
  • Brake light may not display a blue light larger than 1” in diameter.

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

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