Several new motorcycle owners don't know what the rules and procedures are in regards to Motorcycle Registration in California. There are important things to know when registering your bike for the first time or renewing motorcycle registrations. For bikers, there's no other feeling like the freedom of driving down the open road, feeling the wind and listening to the powerful roar of their engine. In order to stay on the road and enjoy your motorcycle, you will have to make sure your vehicle is properly registered with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). On this section, we will help you to register your vehicle for the first time, how to register a vehicle that came from out-of-state, and how to renew your motorcycle's registration.
First Time RegistrationCongratulations, you just bought a gorgeous bike and you're wondering how to go about registering it? Depends on whether the bike was purchased from a dealership or if it was a private purchase. If your bike was purchased at a dealership, you're in luck. The majority of the time a dealership will take care of all of the registration paperwork for you. They will even issue you temporary registration to carry until your official registration documents arrive from the DMV. If you bought your bike from a private party, you will have to handle the title transfer and registration yourself at your local DMV or licensed DMV provider. Make sure you do this within 10 days of purchasing the vehicle so you do not have to pay any late fees. To avoid long wait times at the DMV, come in at express auto registration or make an appointment. Bring the following to your appointment or walking in:
- A Completed Application for Title or Registration (Form REG 343).
- The bike's current Title.
- Proof Of Insurance.
- Payment for fees.
- After you have registered your motorcycle, you will be issued your registration certificate, plates, and stickers on the spot.