You must obtain motorcycle registration from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in order to ride it legally within Virginia roads. It is illegal if you are caught riding a motorcycle that has not been registered. The process of registering a motorcycle in Virginia is similar to that of registering a car.

To obtain motorcycle registration and title in Virginia for the first time, you will need to visit your local DMV office in person.

How to Title a Motorcycle

You will need to fill out the Virginia Application for Certificate of Title and Registration. You must also present the following documentation:

  • Proof of address.
  • Manufacturer’s certificate of origin if you purchased a motorcycle from the dealership or a certificate of title if you purchased a used motorcycle.
  • Bill of sale to show proof of purchase.
  • Record the odometer reading.
  • Check to pay the $10 title fee and any other applicable taxes (your sales tax and use tax is $75 or 4.05% of the sale price or whichever is greater).

If you are registering a motorcycle from your previous state, you must bring a title from your previous owner or a title in your name from your previous state. You must also bring your current registration card from your previous state of residence.

You have to choose whether you need an electronic title or a paper title.

How to Register a Motorcycle

  • You must show proof of motorcycle liability insurance or pay $500 uninsured motorists fee.
  • You will need to complete the Virginia Vehicle Registration Application.
  • Pay the $28.75 motorcycle registration fee and other applicable fees.

The DMV will give you a license plate to place on your motorcycle. You can also request personalized license plates from DMV, but you have to pay additional fees.