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Motorcycle Registration in Connecticut

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To register a motorcycle purchased new from a dealer, you will need to bring the following documents to a Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles full-service or satellite office:

  • The manufacturer's certificate of origin signed over by dealer to you, listing any lienholders.
  • Federal odometer statement.
  • An application for registration and certificate of title, including full sales tax information. You may request the application online.
  • Social Security number.

Registering a Used Motorcycle

To register a used motorcycle, you will need to bring the following documents to a Connecticut DMV full-service or satellite office:

  • The title certificate signed over to you by the former owner. Motorcycles older than 20 years old do not require title certificates.
  • If your motorcycle was purchased out of state, you will need a VIN verification. This must be done in advance of registration at any full-service DMV office, except for Norwalk and Enfield.
  • An application for registration and certificate of title, including full sales tax information. You may request the application online.
  • Social Security number.

Delinquent Taxes and Other Violations

If you owe delinquent property tax or have unpaid parking tickets, you will not be allowed to register your motorcycle. You will need to pay all of these debts to the municipality where they are owed and then show proof of payment to the DMV. Also, anyone who has had their registration privilege suspended will not be allowed to register any new vehicle, including a motorcycle.

Fees

Motorcycle registrations cost $42 ($60 if you have a sidecar) and are good for 2 years. Fees are payable in cash, check, or money order at a full-service Connecticut DMV office. Credit cards are not accepted.

Renewals

You should receive a registration renewal notice from the Connecticut DMV about 60 days before your motorcycle registration expires. You need to complete the renewal form, pay the $42 registration renewal fee, and mail it to:

  • Department of Motor Vehicles
  • P.O. Box 150444
  • Hartford, CT 06115

Registration renewals must be processed by mail and cannot be processed in person. If you do not receive a registration renewal notice in the mail, you can request one through the Connecticut DMV telephone center or by emailing: dmv.phonecenter@dmvct.org.

Replacements

You may replace a lost, stolen, or destroyed Connecticut motorcycle registration by visiting any full-service branch or satellite Connecticut DMV office and paying a $20 replacement fee. You may also mail a request to the following address with a check or money order:

  • Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Customized Services Division―Duplicate Registrations
  • 60 State St.
  • Wethersfield, CT 06161

Make sure to include your plate number on any correspondence with the Connecticut DMV.

Temporary Registration

Say you've purchased a used motorcycle, but you need to get the VIN inspected before you get it registered. But you can't drive the motorcycle legally to the DMV office if it isn't registered. What do you do? The answer is a temporary registration. A temporary registration costs $21 and is available from any full-service branch or satellite office. You need to bring the following documents with you:

  • The title certificate signed over to you by the former owner. Motorcycles older than 20 years old do not require title certificates.
  • An application for registration and certificate of title, including full sales tax information. You may request the application online.
  • Social Security number.

Be prepared to pay sales tax at the time of temporary registration, unless you qualify for a sales tax exemption.

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