Motorcycle Registration in Arkansas
All motorcycles must be registered before you can drive them on the road. Some small motorcycles, mopeds, or bicycles need registration only if they have a standard transmission. Motorcycle side cars, which don't have engines at all, must be registered too.
You are responsible for property tax on your new, used, or leased vehicle. Each county in Arkansas collects a personal property tax based on the assessment value of your vehicle.
For your own protection, and the protection of other drivers too, you need to purchase the proper liability insurance.
When you are ready to apply for a certificate of title, within the first 30 days after purchase, you need to bring documents with you:
- Bill of Sale
- Proof of Insurance
Before your title application is accepted you must provide the correct odometer reading. This is done in a variety of ways: the back side of the title for newer vehicles with a control number bigger than 3003001, or include the odometer statement in the bill of sale. You can also get conforming odometer and bill of sale forms from any OMV office.
Registration and License Plates
After you file your title application, show your property tax receipt, proof of insurance, and bill of sale, you'll apply for registration and license plates.
There is a one time sales tax to pay in addition to your registration and title fees. If your vehicle is new, the tax can be substantial.
The OMV has many options available when it's time for choosing your license plates. If you have a special association with a school, university, or agricultural group you can ask for a special plate or if want to show support for a particular cause.
Renewing your registration must be done after you receive the renewal notice. You can complete the renewal process online or through the mail:
- Office of Motor Vehicle
- P.O. Box 3153 Little Rock, AR 72203
To use the online system, you must be current with your liability insurance and your county property taxes. The convenient Arkansas Star registration renewal system is available to you 24 hours a day.
You can also renew your tags in person by visiting the OMV.
Arkansas does not require vehicle inspections. Your safety is your responsibility; it's up to you to keep your motorcycle in good working order.