Motorcycle Registration in Idaho

Before you can head out on the open roads with your new set of wheels, you'll first need to register with the Idaho Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Below, we'll help you with the forms, documents, and fees you'll need to be street legal.

Looking to renew your motorcycle registration? Jump over to our Registration Renewal section for info!

New Residents to Idaho

Upon establishing Idaho residency*, you'll have 90 days to register your motorcycle with the Idaho Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Be aware that before you can register a motorcycle in Idaho, you'll need to:

  • Obtain an ID title.
    • You can typically register your vehicle in the same transaction, immediately after titling. Check out our Idaho Title Transfers page for help.
  • Buy Idaho motorcycle insurance.

Once you have a title and proof of insurance, you may register your motorcycle in person at your county DMV office. During your visit, the county assessor will conduct a VIN inspection on your motorcycle; if you choose, you can also visit a county sheriff prior to your registration appointment.

At the DMV office, provide your:

Register Your ID Motorcycle

Registering your motorcycle in Idaho in simple, but the process varies based on how your acquired your new bike; either:

  • From a dealer; OR
  • Through a private sale.

Dealership Purchases

If you've purchased a new motorcycle from an Idaho dealership, the dealer should handle the titling and registration process for you. If they do not, see the instructions below for details on titling and registering your ride.

Your registration fees will likely be included in the overall purchase price, but check out our section on Motorcycle Registration Fees below for an understanding of what you may owe. Be sure to work out the details before you leave the office.

In some cases, temporary registration may be issued until all paperwork is submitted. If this is the case, you should receive your registration paperwork in the mail.

Private Motorcycle Sales

If you've purchased a motorcycle from a private seller in Idaho, you'll have 30 days to title and register it with your local county assessor. The DMV agent, or your local sheriff, will need to perform a VIN inspection prior to registration—this can also be done during the same visit.

You'll need:

Motorcycle Registration Fees

Here is a breakdown of the fees you may be required to pay as part of your Idaho motorcycle registration:

  • Motorcycle registration: $25.
    • Ada County highway district fee: Additional $8.
  • Title: $14.
  • VIN inspection: $5.
  • Sales tax: 6% of purchase price.
  • Title fee: $14.

Keep in mind that you may also have to pay additional fees depending on your county of residence. These include:

  • Administrative fees.
  • Highway District fees.
  • County taxes.


ITD 3738
Bill of Sale
Use this form as a proof of sale when you transfer ownership of a vehicle in Idaho.
ITD 3337
Application for Certificate of Title
Application for an Idaho vehicle title.
ITD 3403
Vehicle or Hull Identification Number Inspection Certificate
Submit this form to the ID Division of Motor Vehicles if your vehicle required a VIN inspection for titling and registration purposes. Must be completed by law enforcement or a Transportation Department employee.
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