Just like your car or truck, you must also register your motorcycle in Pennsylvania. The Department of Transportation (PennDOT) handles the registration and titling of motorcycles, cars and trucks. If you are applying for motorcycle registration for the first time, you must do so at your local Driver License Center.

The lines at any Driver License Center tend to be long. You will need to be there earlier and prepare accordingly. To avoid long queues, avoid visiting DLC during the last few days of the month or first few days of the month.

You must bring the following with you:

  • Completed Form MV-1. You can pick this form from any DLC office or download it from the internet.
  • A valid title.
  • Proof of motorcycle insurance from any Pennsylvania insurance company.
  • Proper identification.
  • Documents showing your motorcycle’s vehicle identification number (VIN). This document must be verified by a dealership notary or an inspection mechanic.
  • A money order or check payable to the DLC to pay the $18 registration fee.

If you are a new resident in Pennsylvania, you must get motorcycle registration within 20 days of obtaining residence. The registration process will take about 10 business days to be processed. Once your application is processed, you will receive your motorcycle registration certificate in your mail within 10 business days. Then you must take your motorcycle for inspection within 10 days from the date of issuance of the registration certificate.