Last Updated 20th of May, 2010
What are the fees for motorcycle registration and registration renewal in CA? California
California Motorcycle Registration and Renewal FeesUnfortunately, there’s really no way to give a concrete answer for this one. In California, vehicle registration fees for all vehicles, motorcycles included, depend on a variety of factors, including:
- The vehicle type.
- Your county of residence.
- The kind of license plate you want. (Specialty plates have additional fees.)
- Any unpaid money you owe the state (such as unpaid parking tickets or toll evasions).
Then, you have to take into consideration:
- Whether you purchased the motorcycle from a dealer or private seller.
- Whether you’re new to the state and registering a motorcycle that used to be registered in another state.
- The Vehicle License Fee (which can only be determined by your vehicle license number, your vehicle identification number, and the current tax year).
Fortunately, there are some numbers you can count on. For example:
- Original Registration and Registration Renewal: $34
- Late Registration Renewal Penalties: Between $10 and $100
- Motorcycle Cross Index Fee (one-time fee, during registration): $1
- Motorcycle Safety Fee (during registration and renewal): $2
But, again, your final fee will depend on all other factors.
Registering and Renewing Other Types of BikesIn California, you do have to register and renew any motor-driven cycle that has an engine of no more than 149 cc, so the above fee explanations will apply.
Mopeds are a bit trickier, as you do have to register a moped but you only have to register it once (there’s no renewal). The cost is $18. Note that the state also sometimes refers to mopeds as motorized bicycles. Just know that if you’re dealing with something that has two or three wheels and is propelled by human power using pedals or by electrical energy, you’re dealing with a moped or motorized bicycle.
Scooters are perhaps the easiest of all. If you own a scooter, you don’t have to register it. All you have to do is make sure you have a M1 or M2 license.
If you need any help figuring out your motorcycle registration fees, or have questions about legal motorcycle riding in general, contact your local CA DMV office.
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