Vermont Motorcycle Registration


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

Vermont allows non-residents to register motorcycles by mail. You’ll need a signed bill of sale to complete the transaction and pay sales tax on the fair price. Details below.

To register the motorcycle in Vermont you’ll need the following:

  • Registration Application
    • To complete the registration application, you’ll need to fill out:
      • Section 1 (for Vermont DL # you can write your state abbreviation and your DL #).
      • Section 3B (include the seller’s name, address, and date of purchase – the Bill of Sale you’ll include will contain their signature.)
      • Section 4 (check New Registration, Motorcycle)
      • Section 5 (fill out everything applicable here including the # of Wheels and CCs in the Cycle/ATV section
      • Section 6 (fill out Purchase Price only).
  • Bill of Sale
  • VIN Verification Form (if the bike is over 500cc)
  • Fees: $48 (for 1 year registration) + 6% of sale price or Fair NADA value, whichever is greater. Checks payable to Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles

Once you’ve gathered all of that, send it in to:

Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles
120 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05603-0001

In a few weeks you should see your check cashed, then you’ll receive your plate in the mail, and a week or so later you’ll receive the registration sticker and registration card.

Vermont Title & Inspection Requirements for Used Motorcycles

  • Does Vermont have an equipment/safety inspection?
    • Periodic inspection required.
  • Does Vermont require VIN Inspections for motorcycles bought out of state?
    • VIN Inspection required for out of state motorcycles over 500cc.
  • Does Vermont require a title for old motorcycles?
    • Titles are not required for motorcycles older than 15 years.
    • VIN inspections not required for motorcycles with engines less than 500 ccs.

How to Get a Vermont Motorcycle Title

Vermont does not require titles for motorcycle older than 15 years.

You’ll need to provide the following to register a motorcycle in Vermont:

Application can be mailed in. Full instructions here. You do not have to be a resident of Vermont to register an old motorcycle.

Vermont Street Legal Motorcycle Equipment Requirements

Vermont requires street legal motorcycles to have:

  • Rearview mirror.
  • Fenders on both wheels.
  • Handlebars not higher than 15” above seat.
  • Passenger footrests and handholds when carrying passengers.

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


109 thoughts on “Vermont Motorcycle Registration”

  1. Is the process listed above good for a barn find 1974 Honda CB200, the motorcycle was found on a property I bought. No title, no bill of sale. no odometer. Vin came back as clean . Can I just fill the bill of sale out myself/ have a family member do it?
    Thank you!!

    1. motorcyclezombies

      Assuming you can provide a legitimate Bill of Sale, you’ll be good to go. You’ll need to decide how exactly you want to go about that.

  2. Quick question, just picked up 1977 Honda CT70 70cc and 1993 Suzuki JR50 50cc. Only bill of sale for both. Sounds like I’m good to go for registering the 70cc and then going through the title process with that registration here in WA? The 50 Is not a street legal bike. What’s the best route for just the title?

    1. motorcyclezombies

      Yup, the Vermont route will work for the CT. Make copies of the Bill of Sale before sending in your application.

      The 50 sounds like it will be a little trickier. I’d contact the DOL with a general inquiry to see if they can provide any help.

      Good luck!

  3. Tracy A Dasher

    What do I do in the mean time if I get pulled over while I am waiting for the registration there in vermont

    1. motorcyclezombies

      Yes, you’ll put your Georgia address on the Vermont application. As for riding the bike on public streets without current registration or plates – don’t do that.

  4. This is a great guide! Thank you for putting it up and keeping the comments going!

    I have a 1985 Kawasaki 454LTD barn find, no title, clean VIN check. The engine displacement is technically listed as 454.1 cc. Can I get by without a VIN verification or does VT round up to the nearest 100 or something?

  5. I live in Massachusetts and I just bought a 1980 Honda XL500s from a seller who could only give me a bill of sale as the title is lost and he never registered the bike. Is the Vermont route my best bet for registering the bike?

    1. motorcyclezombies

      If the previous owner can’t get any duplicate documents from the RMV, then yes, Vermont is probably your best bet.

      1. Any idea how a mass resident who registers in VT would get insurance? Or would i then need to move the bike back into MA and the get insurance?

        1. motorcyclezombies

          Correct, you’ll be able to get insurance in Massachusetts and complete the title/reg process after you’ve received your documents from VT.

  6. I shipped 3 Honda motorbikes from Vietnam to NJ.
    One 1964 SS50, two 1967’s.
    Have copies of Vietnam Registrations and paperwork that deletes from Vietnamese registration.
    New Jersey is a real long process with many trips to make for title process.
    Do looking for No Title State for 50cc. Vermont looked perfect except I don’t think they handle 49/50cc bikes in this process. Any suggestions, or just run the long process with New Jersey?

    1. motorcyclezombies

      If New Jersey is where you’ll be keeping the bikes and you already have all the necessary ownership documents, sticking with their process is probably your best bet – as frustrating as it may be. Good luck.

  7. This is the best write up I’ve seen on this process. Simple, clear, straightforward. Much appreciated.

  8. I have a 2007 crf450r and wanting to make it street legal in Kansas. However I do not have a title just need some guidance on how to do so. Anything helps!

    1. motorcyclezombies

      Unfortunately, the bike is too new with too big an engine to go the VT route.

      I’d recommend trying to contact the previous owner about either locating the title or possibly requesting a duplicate from the DOR. However, that’s often a long shot.

      Make sure you get all your documentation together – any previous registration papers, Bill of Sale, VIN Verification if necessary.

      Contact the DOR to see if they have a process for you to follow. You may be able to register and title the bike with the documents you do have along with a Statement of Facts or something similar.

      Good luck!

      1. Do i not have to get the guy i bought the bike from sign the section 3b? The bill of sale is enough?

        1. motorcyclezombies

          You’ll get plates and registration papers. VT does not issue titles for older bikes. You can then use the registration documents to register and title the bike in your home state.

  9. Hi I purchased a storage unit 5+ years ago. And it had a 1971 Suzuki trail hopper 50cc bike in it. It has horn lights turn and stop lights. How could I get it titled with out a bill of sale. In illinois.

  10. Can i have a friend fill out section 1 as previous owner because i am not in touch with the original owner anymore and theres no way of contacting him.

    1. motorcyclezombies

      Section 1 is for you (the new/current owner to fill out). Assuming you have the Bill of Sale from the PO, you’re good to go.

  11. Which portions of the form need to be filled out? Do i need to fill in section 7? And also, which box do I check in section 4?

    1. motorcyclezombies

      To complete the registration application, you’ll need to fill out:

      • Section 1 (for Vermont DL # you can write your state abbreviation and your DL #).
      • Section 3B (include the seller’s name, address, and date of purchase – the Bill of Sale you’ll include will contain their signature.)
      • Section 4 (check New Registration, Motorcycle)
      • Section 5 (fill out everything applicable here including the # of Wheels and CCs in the Cycle/ATV section
      • Section 6 (fill out Purchase Price only).

      You do not need to fill out section 7.

      If you miss something, the Vermont DMV is typically very helpful in either correcting it for your or getting in touch to help fix the issue.

  12. I’ve got a 86 Honda rebel that I was given they bought it with no title can they make me a bill of sale to go vt route

  13. Buying a 2002 Sportster with no title bill of sale only. The previous owner has registration from the original state of title, possibly still has a lien on the bike he is unsure of that, reported no liens. However, a search in the state of FL reports lienholder of a defunct buy here pay here, would the Vermont DMV see the lien or would I still be able to register this bike in VT?

    1. motorcyclezombies

      The state will more than likely see the lien history and whether or not there’s still an active lien on the bike.

      1. Thank you for the prompt reply, My other question if I file with hem and go through I assume they would just send me the check back and let me know there is a lien on it?

        1. motorcyclezombies

          I would probably assume that would be the case. However, there’s also the possibility that they try to notify the previous or current lien holder as well.

  14. I have done the vermont route and have a motorcycle registered in my name with a vermont plate and inspection sticker but no title. Am I now street legal? Do I need an inspection? Would I need an inspection for insurance? If I go to sell this bike to someone, do I send the transfer of ownership to vermont so they get their new registration from vermont too, even though we live in PA? Thanks

    1. motorcyclezombies

      The Vermont registration is your proof of ownership. This is what you can use to get a PA title, registration, and plate. You’ll only need an inspection if PA requires it as part of their application process.

      The bike is street legal if it has all the necessary equipment as required by PA. You’ll need insurance to operate it. I don’t know of any insurance companies that require vehicle inspections.

      If you sell the bike before you transfer it to PA in your name, no, the buyer does not need to do anything through Vermont.

        1. motorcyclezombies

          If you have plans to sell the bike, you don’t need to do any of this. You’ll just need a Bill of Sale.

  15. Hi, I have a 2016 Suzuki GSX-R 1000 that I purchased from a seller in TX – I’m in MS. I could not get the title and I only have a Bill of Sale. If I receive a VIN verification form, and fill out and register the bike in VT; would I then get a title or just registration documentation? Will it be enough to then title in MS? Thanks!

      1. I’m looking to buy a crf450x 2009. The seller doesn’t have a title the VIN is clean. Could I get a VT registration plate with a bill of sale and no title? I want to eventually transfer it into Pa.

          1. I have a 2008 Suzuki 1800 bought in ALA with only a bill of sale . The bike has not been tagged since 2018 by previous owner. There is possibly a lein on the bike not sure.
            Where and how can I get title register bike.

          2. motorcyclezombies

            If there’s an existing lien on the bike, that will need to be taken care of before you’re able to title and register it in your name – anywhere.

            State DMVs will be able to look that up. If the lien is not paid off, the lienholder still controls the title.

            You can use AL DOR’s Motor Vehicle Record Request forms to find out:

            This should point you in the right direction of how you’ll need to get started.

  16. I have a 1948 indian chief restoration project with a bill of sale with a purchase price of $5000 which is most likely less than NADA value. Who determines fair market value for tax purposes in Vermont

  17. Hi, I purchased an old Honda CB500Four from PA and had it shipped in AZ, where I reside. IT does not have a title and was wondering if I could register it in Vermont and also obtain a new title. Thanks for the help.

  18. I have an 05 gsxr600. Would I be able to title it using this method since I only have a bill of sale? I ran vinchecks on it and it came back clean.

    1. motorcyclezombies

      You’ll need a VIN Verification Inspection completed by a state official who’s certified to do so. Sometimes your local DMV can do this, other times you may have to take the bike to highway patrol.

  19. I have a 2005 cbr 600cc rr the bikes got vin check not stolen or salvaged I was given a title but no bill of sale ? What do i do

    1. motorcyclezombies

      If you’ve got the signed title, you should be good. If your state requires a Bill of Sale – I’d ask the seller to draw one up for you.

  20. i have a 2007 yamaha yfz-r6 (600cc)…i bought the bike with no title, but have vin inspection to show not stolen/not salvaged. WY is giving a lot of grief to get it registered/titled. Is there anything VT can do to help

    1. motorcyclezombies

      Unfortunately, a 2007 model just misses the 15 year old mark in 2020. I’d recommend looking into a duplicate/replacement title if WY continues to give you trouble – or seeing if you can get the old registrations along with the Bill of Sale to help demonstrate chain of ownership.

        1. motorcyclezombies

          Your bike is not old enough to go through VT. You’ll need to get in touch with the seller to see about getting a duplicate title.

    1. motorcyclezombies

      15 year-old+ bikes with engines under 500cc typically do not require a VIN inspection. You should be good to go.

        1. motorcyclezombies

          Good luck! Just be sure to send in enough to cover registration + tax fees. They’ll give you a refund if you send too much.

          1. I have an 02 Harley with no title but a clean vin and prev registration and insurance. How much and where do I send my paperwork to. And what paperwork will be needed ?

          2. motorcyclezombies

            To register the motorcycle in Vermont you’ll need the following:

            • Registration Application
            • Bill of Sale
            • VIN Verification Form (assuming the bike is over 500cc)
            • Fees: $48 (for 1 year registration) + 6% of sale price or Fair NADA value, whichever is greater. Checks payable to Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles

            It probably wouldn’t hurt to send in a copy of the previous registration as well – assuming it demonstrates the chain of ownership.

            Once you’ve gathered all of that, send it in to:

            Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles
            120 State Street
            Montpelier, VT 05603-0001

            In a few weeks you should see your check cashed, then you’ll receive your plate in the mail, and a week or so later you’ll receive the registration sticker and registration card.

      1. Hi,
        I live in new jersey and I have two bikes that do not have titles. A 2001 honda Xr650r and a 1985 250sx. Both in near new condition. I want the 650 to be street legal and i want registrations and plates for both. What do I need to do to accomplish that? Do i or the bikes need to go to vermont? I am 3 hrs from bennington.

        1. motorcyclezombies

          You do not need to take the bikes to Vermont. Simply follow the registration steps above and mail in all your forms, materials, and fees.

  21. Please tell me this will work! It’s been a long and draining process. I live in NC I have a 1978 Honda hawk CB400A who was given to me by the last “owner”. He didn’t have any paper work for the bike except a letter saying he needed to get the bike inspected in 2014 which he never did and now doesn’t have a title for it. We were going to try and do the indemnity bond but I think this way will be better if it works? Should it work?

    1. motorcyclezombies

      Make sure you’ve got a bill of sale to send in along with your application and fees and you should be good to go. Worth a shot for sure.

    1. motorcyclezombies

      You’ll need a VIN inspection form completed to send in along with your application, but yes, you should be good to go.

  22. Hi got a stolen and recover HD from TX didn’t know it was a non repairable title got inspection form but my state won’t let Me
    register it can I do it in Vermont

  23. I have a 1982 Honda VF750 that I purchased from a guy I know the other day. He bought it from a guy who lost the title so neither of us has it. I ran a VIN check on it and it came up clean. Any thoughts on how to register it? I live in Missouri. thanks!

  24. I have a Hawk 250cc with the MCO from dealer in texas but no bill of sale. Is there any state I can title this in and then transfer to Wisconsin? Thanks

  25. I work in a garage and was given an abandoned moped. It’s been sitting there for 1yr they were going to throw it away. I don’t have any paperwork but I do have keys for it. Can I register/get title in Vermont and then transfer it to Hawaii?

    1. I ran my VIN with a cop friend and once it came up clean I used my best friend’s info to”sell” it to me on the bill of sale. Filled out the Vermont paperwork and sent a check. They ended up sending me a refund because I overpayed! Transferred the plate for a MI title once the Vermont tags expired. Never even had the VIN inspected once tbh. Easy peasy. Bike was 1969 Yamaha ct175.

  26. Hello I’m having a problem getting my 2004 RMZ250 titles in Kentucky. I don’t have tags or plates and the bike has had a lost tile for years now. I have been looking up ways to title the bike but what about getting a title that is not in your name and is lost?

  27. Yu Gean Alex Chang

    Hi from California! thank you for the info! I bought a 1966 Honda s90 from the seller who originally bought the bike for parts but ended up restoring it. We made a bill of sale, no title. he told me that he searched the vin and there is no records in CA. Should I register it in Vermont?
    I am very eager to ride this beauty!!

  28. Jeffery Helmers

    Hi I have a 1982 Honda sabre in Idaho, I purchased a motorcycle from a guy who signed the back and gave me the title and then vanished so I have the title but it’s not my name what can I do

    1. motorcyclezombies

      If he signed the buyer’s portion instead of the seller’s portion that’s definitely a big mistake. Best bet would be to try to track him down if that’s the case. If he signed both the buyer and seller portions of the title – I’d try to correct the error with your name and explain what occurred if any questions come up. Good luck.

  29. Hey there! I’ve got a 93 Fatboy with new frame and casings… So technically the VIN never existed in any state. Can I still use the new numbers on the frame when submitting info to register in Vermont? Or would I need to take it for inspection. (Non Harley frame in CT will be considered composite unfortunately)

    1. motorcyclezombies

      Bikes with engines over a certain size (500cc I believe) will still require a VIN inspection to register in Vermont. Could be worth a try though if no other options prove out. Good luck!

  30. Michael E Bayliff

    I live in Texas and have and out of state title for motorcycle I bought from person living in Colorado can I register the bike in Vermont and then once title is transferred into my name register it in Texas so I can get tags for motorcycle. Right now I have no tags cause they where taken by old owner.

    1. motorcyclezombies

      Hi Michael – You should be able to register the bike in Texas using the Colorado title. If you’re not able to do that for whatever reason, then, yes, you’d be able transfer to Texas from Vermont. I’d try to go through Texas first with the out-of-state CO title. Thanks for visiting Motorcycle Zombies. Good luck.

  31. Could I get a Vermont title or registration for a 1983 Yamaha XS650 if I live in Massachusetts? I tried to register it in MA but can’t because I don’t have the prior owners title or registration who lives in NH. All I have is a Bill of Sale. What are my options? Thanks. Tim

    1. motorcyclezombies

      Vermont seems like your best bet. Fill out the form, provide the current fees, and get a VIN inspection if necessary, and mail it all off. Good luck!

      1. I’m in Rhode island I have a 1985 Honda elite 250 no title or registration only bill of sale. Can I register in VT?

    1. motorcyclezombies

      Hi Dennis,

      You should be able to get a Vermont title for your Triumph through this process. Once you receive the title and plates, you could ride the bike and then transfer it in Hawaii.

      Good luck!

      1. Okay so I purchased a motorcycle from a gentleman and Florida and lost the title and ended up being an open title I live in Georgia and I’m unable to register in Georgia according to this I can register this in Vermont but do I put the Georgia address on the paper when I fill it out to register in Vermont

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