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Register & Title a Motorcycle in West Virginia


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

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West Virginia Title & Inspection Requirements for Used Motorcycles

  • Does West Virginia have an equipment/safety inspection?
    • Periodic inspection required.
  • Does West Virginia require VIN Inspections for motorcycles bought out of state?
    • Not required.
  • Does West Virginia require a title for old motorcycles?
    • Titles required for all motorcycles.

How to Title and Register a Motorcycle in West Virginia

To register and title your bike in West Virginia, you’ll need:

Notarization Required on the following documents in West Virginia:

  • Bill of sale.

Find more information about West Virginia motorcycle registration and registration renewal.

How to Register a Motorcycle with no title in West Virginia

Option 1: Bikes from WV

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

Learn how to replace a lost motorcycle title in West Virginia.

Option 2: Bikes from outside West Virginia 

If the motorcycle was bought in a state that requires 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.

West Virginia Street Legal Motorcycle Equipment Requirements

WV requires street legal motorcycles to have:

  • Rearview mirror.
  • Handlebars no higher than 15” above seat.
  • Passenger footrest when riding with passenger.
  • Turn signals required for motorcycles manufactured after 1972.
  • Odometer required.
  • Daytime headlights.

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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