Register & Title a Motorcycle in Washington

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.

Washington Title & Inspection Requirements for Old 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.
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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.

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:

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.

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

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