Register & Title a Motorcycle in Texas

Register & Title a Motorcycle in Texas

This page will cover the motorcycle registration and title process in Texas and provide some tips on how to register if you bought the motorcycle with no title.

Texas Title & Inspection Requirements for Old Motorcycles

  • Does Texas have an equipment/safety inspection?
    • Periodic safety inspection required.
  • Does Texas require VIN Inspections for motorcycles bought out of state?
    • Required.
  • Does Texas require a title for old motorcycles?
  • Yes, all motorcycles are titled.

How to Title and register a Motorcycle in Texas

To register and title your motorcycle in TX, you’ll need the following:

  • Signed over title.
    • Bill of sale and old registration if bought in a state that doesn’t issue titles.
  • Proof of insurance.
  • Application for Title
  • Vehicle Inspection Report.
  • Registration and title fees and sales tax.

How to Register a Motorcycle with No Title in Texas

To register a used motorcycle without a title in Texas, you can either:

Option 1: Motorcycle from Texas

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.

Texas Street Legal Motorcycle Equipment Requirements

Texas requires motorcycles to have:

  • Rearview mirrors.
  • Handlebars not higher than 15” above seat.
  • Passenger footrests and handholds when riding with a passenger.
  • Daytime headlights.
  • Horn.

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

7 Replies to “Register & Title a Motorcycle in Texas”

  1. If I purchase a small motorcycle from Walmart what must I get from them in order to apply for an offical title. I will add mirrors, lights etc. in order to pass an inspection in Texas.

  2. If buying a new motorcycle out of state, can the dealership send in the required paperwork if your working out of the state for a few months but still want to ride the new bike? Thank you in advance

    1. It sounds like that’d be fine in most places. I’d double check with the dealership before buying the bike – they’ll probably have some experience with out-of-state purchases.

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  4. I am in the state of Maine and possibly selling my 15+ scooter to someone living in Texas. We are a no title state.I never received a title when I bought the scooter 12 years ago,it is registered in the state of Maine.Will the buyer need a title to register the scooter in Texas? Thank you

    1. Considering the bike is from a no-title state, you should be go to go with your existing registration and a bill of sale.

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