Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

What is a motorcycle title?

A motorcycle title is a legal document that serves as official proof of motorcycle ownership. It contains essential information such as the owner's name, vehicle identification number (VIN), make, model, and year of the motorcycle. The state's motor vehicle agency issues this title, and is crucial for registering the motorcycle, obtaining license plates, and conducting any legal transactions related to the bike, ensuring a legitimate and secure ownership process.

How do you check if a motorcycle is stolen? 

To check if a motorcycle is stolen, you can take several steps. Start by obtaining the motorcycle's vehicle identification number (VIN) from the owner or documentation. Then, contact your local law enforcement or the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) to run a VIN check. These authorities can verify if the motorcycle is reported as stolen and help you ensure a safe and legal purchase or ownership process.

How hard is it to get a title for a motorcycle?

The difficulty of obtaining a title for a motorcycle can vary depending on the circumstances. The process is typically straightforward if the seller has the title and all documentation is in order. However, challenges may arise if the title is missing, there are lien issues, or the motorcycle has a salvage branding. In such cases, obtaining a title may be more time-consuming and require additional paperwork or legal assistance.

How do I get a title for my motorcycle in Florida?

To obtain a title for your motorcycle in Florida, follow these steps: Complete Form HSMV 82040, provide proof of ownership and identification, pay the title fee, and, if necessary, undergo a VIN verification. Submit all required documents to your local tax collector's office or FLHSMV for processing. After verification, you'll receive your motorcycle title.

What do I need to title a motorcycle in Ohio?

To title a motorcycle in Ohio, you'll need the following: a completed Application for Certificate of Title (Form BMV 3774), proof of ownership like a bill of sale or manufacturer's certificate of origin, a valid government-issued ID, and payment for the title fee. Submit these documents to your local Deputy Registrar's office or an online service provider authorized by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles to process and receive your motorcycle title.

How do I get a title for my motorcycle in NC?

To obtain a title for your motorcycle in North Carolina, follow these steps: Complete the Title Application (Form MVR-1), provide proof of ownership such as a bill of sale or manufacturer's certificate of origin, present a valid photo ID, and pay the title fee. Submit these documents to the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles or your local License Plate Agency for processing. Once verified, you will receive your motorcycle title.

About the Authors

Ann Schreiber

Written by: Ann Schreiber

Seasoned Copywriter & Content Marketer

Ann has been a marketer and a content writer for over 20 years. She worked for financial institutions such as FICO, Experian, and BlueChip Financial as a director of content and brand marketing.

More about me

More About Buying a Motorcycle

Show More

Show More

Show More

Show More

Show More