This page will cover the street legal requirements and registration and title process in Wisconsin and provide some tips on how to register if you bought the motorcycle without a title.
Learn more about motorcycle title transfers in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Title & Inspection Requirements for Used Motorcycles
- Does Wisconsin have an equipment/safety inspection?
- Safety inspection required.
- Does Wisconsin require VIN Inspections for motorcycles bought out of state?
- Not required.
- Does Wisconsin require a title for old motorcycles?
- Required for all motorcycles.
Wisconsin Motorcycle Title and Registration
You’ll need to provide the following to register your motorcycle:
- Signed title.
- Bill of sale and old registration if bought in a state that doesn’t issue titles.
- Wisconsin Title and Plates Form
- Title, registration fees and taxes.
Find more information about Wisconsin motorcycle registration and registration renewal.
No Title Motorcycle Registration in Wisconsin
If you bought a motorcycle with no title in Wisconsin:
Option 1: Motorcycles bought in Wisconsin
Before sale is complete, ask previous owner to get a duplicate title:
Learn how to replace a lost motorcycle title in Wisconsin.
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.
Wisconsin Street Legal Motorcycle Equipment Requirements
Wisconsin motorcycles must have:
- Rearview mirrors.
- Fender on rear wheel.
- Handlebars no more than 30” above seat.
- Passenger footrest when carrying a passenger.
- Daytime headlights.
- Speedometer and odometer.
This information was correct at the time of writing it, but state laws are subject to change.