Motorcycle Registration in New Mexico
Compare Motorcycle Insurance Rates in 3 EASY STEPS
Enter Your Zip Code:
If while getting in tune with your wild side you went out and purchased a Harley or a sport rocket to tear along the state's scenic byways, you are not alone.
Almost 60,000 riders have a New Mexico motorcycle license. And just about 30,000 bikes are registered for the road. That's quite a few motorcycles. Plus with New Mexico's postcard-perfect scenery and cooperative weather (well, not always in the mountains), it's hard to go a day without seeing a pack of bikers shooting by somewhere.
If you're itching to hop on the saddle and join the pack, or you just want to head out and explore the state, you will need to get your new motorcycle street legal.
This entails heading down to a local Motor Vehicle Division office and registering the bike. The paperwork and procedures necessary to put on those fancy New Mexico license plates is exactly the same as with any other vehicle. So if you have registered a car or truck with the state before, then you are already familiar with the process.
Even motocross, ATVs, and other off-road vehicles utilize the same registration process. So if you bought a dirt bike instead of a Harley, you will not have to do anything different before you hit the trails.
Now if you got a Monster Garage urge and built your own chopper, then you might need to register is as a custom-built vehicle.
- Motorcycle: $15 plus a $1 tire-recycling fee each year
- Off-road vehicle: $15 for two years
- Duplicate registration certificate: $1
For added fees, you can upgrade your motorcycle registration to receive personalized plates with a phrase or words of your creation etched into it. On top of the normal registration fees, the state will tack on another $17 for each year you keep the plate.
There is also a Veteran Motorcycle plate available for motorcycles. This carries a one-time $9 fee on top of the regular registration fee.
Other Topics in This Section
Your Opinion Matters To Us!Send Feedback
- The REAL ID Act: Are You Ready for a National ID?
- New Study: Voice Texting and Traditional Texting Equally Distracting
- Bicycling While Boozing
- Federal Agency Stirring Around the Idea of Lowering BAC Limit to .05 Percent
- Pot Runs to Legalized Marijuana States Putting Cops on High Alert
- Behind the scenes: Iron Man & rental car insurance
We put a lot of effort into making our content helpful & accurate. Please let us know if you see something that isn't clear or correct; we are here to ease any frustrations you may have while navigating DMV topics. We are not a government agency, please reach out to your local DMV, insurance agent, or respective professional for further assistance on specific situations.