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    Delaware Special Vehicles

    If you own a vehicle other than a car or truck, you may need to register it before you can legally operate it in Delaware. Not all vehicles need to be registered with the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Continue reading this page to learn all about what types of vehicles must be registered and how to complete the process.

    Failing to register your vehicle (if required) may result in fines and other penalties.

    Mopeds, Tri-peds, and Motor Scooters

    If you're a Delaware resident, your moped, tri-ped, and motor scooter must be registered and titled if you'll be using them on public roads. Follow the steps on our Register Car in Delaware page.

    NOTE: The cost to register your moped or tri-ped is $5 for 3 years.

    You must have a valid DE driver's license to operate your moped/tri-ped, and have a motorcycle endorsement on your driver's license to operate a motor scooter. You must also wear a safety helmet when operating these bikes. The state recommends that you wear bright clothing as an extra safety precaution.

    Mopeds and tri-peds need to have a light on the front and the rear, and a bell or horn. Motor scooters must meet the same safety equipment requirements as a motorcycle and must pass a safety inspection during the registration process.

    You cannot drive your moped or tri-ped on interstates or limited-access highways, or on areas designated as bicycle paths, unless the motor has been turned off.

    NOTE: If your scooter is classified as a motorized skateboard or motorized scooter, it is ineligible for a DE registration and cannot be operated on public roads. For more information, see Scooters, Mopeds, Etc. in Delaware.

    Delaware Off-Highway Vehicles (OHVs)

    You must register your off-highway vehicle (OHV) with your local Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). When you register, you'll need to provide a complete description of the vehicle, including the serial number, and pay a $6 registration fee. Your registration will be valid for 3 years, after which you must renew it.

    You must be 18 years old to register your OHV unless your parent or legal guardian can provide written consent on the application and accompany you to the DE DMV office.

    NOTE: Your OHV must have brakes and a muffler to reduce the noise level by 60%. OHVs are not allowed on public roads.

    Golf Carts and Snowmobiles

    Delaware does not require registration or titles for golf carts or snowmobiles, and they cannot be driven on public roadways.

    Boats and Boat Trailers in Delaware

    You must register your boat with the Division of Fish & Wildlife, part of Delaware's Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. Your boat trailer must be registered with your local Delaware DMV.

    For more information, visit our Boat Registration and Licenses in Delaware page.

    Custom-built or Kit Cars

    If you have a custom-built car, you can find all the information you need on our Custom Built Car Registration in Delaware page.

    DE Recreational Vehicles (RVs)

    If you own a recreational vehicle (RV), or are thinking of buying one, check out our RV & Motorhome Registration page for helpful information on titling and registering your new toy.