Register & Title a Motorcycle in Washington DC

Register & Title a Motorcycle in Washington DC

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

Washington D.C. Title & Inspection Requirements for Old Motorcycles

  • Does Washington D.C. have an equipment/safety inspection?
    • Not required.
  • Does Washington D.C. require VIN Inspections for motorcycles bought out of D.C.?
    • Not required.

Does Washington D.C. require a title for old motorcycles?

  • All motorcycles require a title.
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How to Title and Register a Motorcycle in Washington D.C.

You’ll need the following:

  • Signed title.
    • Bill of sale and old registration if bought in a state that doesn’t issue titles.
  • Bill of Sale.
  • Title application.
  • Proof of insurance.
  • Registration and title fees.

Register a Motorcycle with No Title in Washington D.C.

Option 1: Motorcycles purchased in DC

Before sale is complete, ask previous owner to get a duplicate title:

Option 2: Motorcycles from outside DC

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.

Washington D.C. Street Legal Motorcycle Equipment Requirements

Street legal motorcycles in DC must have:

  • Rearview mirrors.
  • Fenders on both wheels.
  • Passenger footrests and handholds when riding with a passenger.
  • Turn signals.
  • Speedometer.

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

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