Register & Title a Motorcycle in Virginia


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:

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:

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.

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.


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