This page will cover the street legal requirements and motorcycle registration and title process in Virginia and provide some tips on how to register if you bought the motorcycle without a title.
Virginia Title & Inspection Requirements for Used Motorcycles
- Does Virginia have an equipment/safety inspection?
- Periodic safety inspection required.
- Does Virginia require VIN Inspections for motorcycles bought out of state?
- No VIN verification required.
- Does Virginia require a title for old motorcycles?
- Yes, all Virginia motorcycles are titled.
Title and Register a Motorcycle in Virginia
To register and title your bike in VA, you’ll need:
- Signed title
- Bill of sale and old registration if bought in a state that doesn’t issue titles.
- Safety inspection sticker.
- Application for Title and Registration for out of state motorcycles.
- Bill of Sale
- Proof of insurance.
- Registration and titles fees.
How to Register a Motorcycle with No Title in Virginia
If your used motorcycle doesn’t have a title, you can try to get it registered in one of the following ways:
Option 1: Motorcycles from Virginia
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:
- Have the previous owner request a duplicate title in that state.
- Find motorcycle registration and title details for all states here.
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.
- Follow the registration requirements in Vermont.
- Transfer your registration to your own state.
Virginia Street Legal Motorcycle Equipment Requirements
Virginia street legal motorcycles must have:
- Rearview mirrors.
- Fenders on both wheels.
- Handlebar height no more than 15” above seat.
This information was correct at the time of writing it, but state laws are subject to change.