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Register & Title a Motorcycle in Washington

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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.

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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:

Notarization Required on the following documents in Washington:

  • Bill of Sale
  • New title and duplicate title application.

Find more information about Washington motorcycle registration and registration renewal.

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:

Learn how to replace a lost motorcycle title in Washington.

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.

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.

Learn more about street legal motorcycle requirements.

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

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