How do I obtain NC vehicle registration for my motorcycle? North Carolina

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Registering Motorcycles in North Carolina

The steps you’ll take to register your motorcycle (or, your scooter or moped, depending on engine size and speed – see note below) will depend on how you came to own the bike and maybe even when you came to live in the state.

NOTE: North Carolina doesn’t require bikes like mopeds or scooters to be registered unless either has an engine larger than 50 cc and/or it can exceed 30 mph on a level surface.
 

Private Sale


If you purchased your motorcycle from a private individual, visit any NC DMV office with:

  • A notarized title assigned to you.
  • A completed title application (Form MVR-1).
  • An odometer disclosure statement if the motorcycle is fewer than 10 years old. You and the seller must sign it.
  • A completed Declaration of Eligible Risk (Form MVR-615).
  • Payment for $18 registration fee and $40 title fee.
If you purchased the bike from a North Carolina resident, you will need to have the motorcycle pass inspection prior to vehicle registration and before you can legally enjoy motorcycle riding. If you bought the bike out of state you will need to have the bike inspected within the next year in order to renew registration.

Dealer Sale


If you purchased your motorcycle from a dealership, visit any NC DMV office with the following:

  • A notarized title assigned to you.
  • A completed title application (Form MVR-1).
  • An odometer disclosure statement if the motorcycle is less than 10 years old. You and the seller must sign it.
  • A completed Declaration of Eligible Risk (Form MVR-615).
  • A bill of sale showing the purchase price.
  • Payment for $18 motorcycle registration fee and $40 title fee.
If you purchased the motorcycle from a North Carolina dealer, you will need to have it pass inspection prior to motorcycle registration. If you bought the bike from an out-of-state dealer, you will be issued a license plate but will need to have the bike inspected within the next year prior to registration renewal.

New Resident


If you’re new to North Carolina and need to register your motorcycle, visit any NC DMV office with:

  • The motorcycle's out-of-state title.
  • A completed title application (Form MVR-1).
  • If the motorcycle is less than 10 years old, record odometer reading on title.
  • A completed Declaration of Eligible Risk (Form MVR-615).
  • Payment for $18 registration fee and $40 title fee.
No inspection is needed to register. You will need to have the motorcycle pass inspection within the year before registration renewal.

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