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Motorcycle Registration in Florida

Ready to ride your new bike down the Florida coastline? First, you'll need to make it street-legal. Here's a guide to registering your motorcycle in Florida.

Looking to renew your registration instead? Jump over to our Registration Renewal section for help.

New to Florida

Welcome to the Sunshine State! Upon establishing Florida residency, you'll have 10 days to register your motorcycle with the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV).

Before you can visit your local registration office, you'll FIRST need to:

Once you've handled the above, head to your local FL tax collector's office with your:

Registering Your FL Motorcycle

In Florida, your motorcycle's registration will be valid for 1 year. The process for registering your new bike will differ based on how you bought it—from a dealer, or from a private seller.

Dealership Purchases

After buying a motorcycle from a Florida dealership, the dealer has 30 days to handle the title and registration paperwork for you. The DHSMV will then send your permanent title and registration documents to you by mail.

You'll pay your registration taxes and fees to your dealer—for a breakdown of what you'll owe, check out our section on motorcycle registration fees.

Private Purchases

When purchasing a motorcycle from a private seller, you'll need to complete the transfer of title and registration yourself.

Head to your local county tax office and:

Motorcycle Registration Fees & Taxes

Registration fees for your motorcycle vary in Florida, based on factors such as your license plate type, vehicle weight, and others. For specific fees, contact your local DHSMV office.

Below are the base taxes and fees you can expect, before your vehicle's specifics are factored in:

  • Motorcycle registration tax: $10.
  • Antique motorcycle: $7.50.
  • New title: $77.25.
  • Transferred title: $75.25.
  • Original used title fee: $85.25.
    • This is applicable to motorcycles previously titled outside of Florida.
  • Service/handling fee: $2.50.
  • Lien recording fee (if applicable): $2.

Forms

HSMV 82042

VIN verification required when titling OR registering an out-of-state vehicle with the FL Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Must be completed by an authorized agent of the state.

HSMV 82040

Complete this form to title a vehicle in your name.

HSMV 82993

Form used to disclose the odometer reading on a vehicle you're buying or selling in Florida. Needs to be submitted to the DHSMV when transferring ownership of a vehicle.

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