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    Special Vehicle Registration in Missouri

    If you own a vehicle other than your standard car, motorcycle, or pickup truck, the Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR) may require that you register and/or title it. These vehicles include all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), off-road vehicles, and snowmobiles.

    This page outlines the steps you need to take to have your special vehicle properly registered and ready to take out for a spin.

    You may also be interested in our other registration pages:

    All-Terrain Vehicles in Missouri

    You've just bought a new all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and you're looking to tear up some terrain. You'll have to title and register your vehicle within 30 days of purchase, or else you'll have to pay a fine. Take the following steps:

    NOTE: The Missouri DMV doesn't consider "off-road vehicles" (minicabs, mules, gators, etc.) as ATVs, and therefore they do not need to be titled and registered.

    Once your application is processed, the MO Department of Revenue will issue you a registration decal valid for 3 years.

    Fees

    The fees you have to pay vary depending on where you live. A state sales tax of 4.225% is required, plus any local sales tax on the net purchase price. In addition, you'll have to pay $8.50 for the title, $10.25 for registration, and a $6 processing fee.

    NOTE: If you purchased a used ATV for less than $3,000, no sales tax is due on the vehicle.

    Missouri Snowmobile Registration

    Currently, the Missouri DMV doesn't require you to register your snowmobile.

    Trailer Registration in MO

    If you've just purchased a trailer, you need to title and register it by following the same procedures as regular car registration. The only difference is exemption from emissions inspection and costs:

    • Registration for 1 year: $7.50.
    • Registration for 3 years: $22.50.
    • Permanent trailer license: $52.50.
      • Only 5th wheel and kingpin setups are considered for permanent trailer licenses (no ball or bumper type hitches).

    The Missouri DOR may also charge you the following processing fees:

    • $3.50 registration processing fee.
    • $2.50 title processing fee.

    Recreational Vehicles and Motorhomes

    If you have a recreational vehicle (RV) or motorhome in Missouri, you'll need to have it registered through the same process as registering a regular car. See our Registering a Car in Missouri page for instructions.

    You will need to pay the following fees:

    • Registration for 1 year: $32.25 plus a $3.50 processing fee.
    • Registration for 2 years: $64.50 plus a $7 processing fee.

    Moped and Scooter Registration

    You DO NOT have to register a moped or scooter IF it is classed as a motorized bicycle by the MO DOR.

    To qualify as a motorized bicycle, your moped or scooter must have:

    • An automatic transmission.
    • 2 to 3 wheels.
    • A motor no bigger than 50 cc and under 3 HP.
    • A high speed of 30 MPH on a flat surface.

    If your vehicle exceeds the motor or speed restrictions, it must be registered as a motorcycle.