Motorcycle Registration in Colorado
Just like a car or truck, the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) requires you to register your motorcycle. On this page, we'll teach you all about motorcycle registration in CO.
Need to renew your motorcycle registration instead? If so, head over to our Colorado registration renewals guide.
New Colorado Residents
Upon establishing Colorado residency, you have 90 days to register your motorcycle. When you're settled in, visit your local DMV office and submit:
- Your current title or out-of-state registration.
- A completed:
- Proof of CO motorcycle insurance.
- Acceptable documents to prove your identity.
- Payment for all applicable registration fees (see below).
How to Register a Motorcycle in Colorado
After buying a motorcycle, you have 60 days to register it in Colorado. The process for registering your motorcycle will differ depending on whether you purchased your new bike from a dealer or from a private seller.
If you buy a motorcycle from a dealer, typically the dealership will handle the registration and titling process and give you a temporary motorcycle registration before leaving the lot.
Once all the paperwork is submitted to the CO Division of Motor Vehicles, you'll receive the official registration and decals in the mail. If you have questions about the process, confirm the details with your dealer and your local DMV office.
If the dealership does not automatically register the motorcycle, you can register it yourself by following the steps for New CO Residents above—though instead of a title, you'll likely have the bike's Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin (MCO).
If you purchase a used motorcycle from a private party, you'll need to register it yourself. To do so, bring the following items to your local CO DMV:
- The completed and signed-over title.
- A completed:
- Proof of motorcycle insurance.
- Proof of identity—see the DMV's list of acceptable documents.
- Payment for your specific registration fees. See below for details.
CO Motorcycle Registration Fees
The fees to register your motorcycle in Colorado will depend on your bike's:
- Taxable value.
- Purchase date.
- Type of license plates.
The total amount you owe the CO Division of Motor Vehicles will vary from motorcycle to motorcycle. Information will NOT be provided by phone. For an estimate, visit your county's website or your head to your local CO DMV office for more information.
- DR 2698
- DR 2395