Motorcycle Registration in Michigan

Motorcycles are registered for 12 months, expiring on the owner's birthday. "Pocket rockets" and "mini-cycles"―which lack much of the equipment to be road legal in Michigan―don’t need to be registered and may not be ridden on public roads.

To register a motorcycle, you’ll need to have your motorcycle title and proof of insurance. Motorcycle insurance, unlike auto and truck insurance in Michigan, is not part of the no-fault program. But you will need at least $20,000/$40,000 liability insurance and $10,000 property damage coverage.

For a new registration, you’ll need to visit a Secretary of State branch office. Bring your insurance certificate, title, and cash or a check (branch offices do not accept credit or debit cards).

A Michigan title costs $15; registration costs will vary depending on the year, make, and model of your bike. Michigan registration fees are based on the original MSRP for your bike new and are adjusted downward as your bike ages.

Renewing Your Registration

If you already have your motorcycle registered in Michigan, renewing is a snap. You’ll need your proof-of-insurance certificate and your renewal notice.

In Person or by Mail

You can renew at any Secretary of State branch office or by returning your notice, proof of insurance, and payment in the mailer provided.


You can renew your registration online if:

  • Your address is correct on your renewal notice.
  • Your name and vehicle information is correct.
  • Your renewal notice has a PIN.
  • You have a valid Visa, MasterCard, or Discover credit card.

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