Register & Title a Motorcycle in Texas

Register & Title a Motorcycle in Texas

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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.
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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.

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

  1. 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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