This page will cover the street legal requirements and registration and title process in Washington and provide some tips on how to register if you bought the motorcycle without a title.
Washington Title & Inspection Requirements for Used Motorcycles
- Does Washington have an equipment/safety inspection?
- Periodic safety inspection required.
- Does Washington require VIN Inspections for motorcycles bought out of state?
- Required for out of state motorcycles new to Washington.
- Does Washington require a title for old motorcycles?
- All Washington motorcycles are titled.
How to Title and Register a Motorcycle in Washington
You’ll need to provide the following:
- Current signed title
- Bill of sale and old registration if bought in a state that doesn’t issue titles.
- Bill of Sale
- Vehicle Title Application
- Title and registration fees.
Notarization Required on the following documents in Washington:
- Bill of Sale
- New title and duplicate title application.
How to Register a Motorcycle with No Title in Washington
If your motorcycle project doesn’t have a title:
Option 1: Motorcycles bought in Washington
Before sale is complete, ask previous owner to complete a:
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.
Washington Street Legal Motorcycle Equipment Requirements
Washington requires motorcycles to have:
- Rearview mirrors.
- Fenders on both wheels.
- Handlebar height maximum 30” above seat.
- Turn signals required for motorcycle manufactured after 1960.
- Daytime headlights required.
- Brake lights must not display blue light more than 1” in diameter.
This information was correct at the time of writing it, but state laws are subject to change.