Can you sell your motorcycle without a title? This article will give the sincerest answer regarding this question. In March 2015, a cousin bought a new 2012 Hayabusa while serving at an auto repair shop. He titled and registered the motorcycle in Camden County, GA. However, he had ACL surgery a few months after, so he could not ride the motorcycle, which had 200 miles.
In January 2016, he resigned from the job and moved to Massachusetts. He had the bike with him but planned to sell it since he could not ride it. Moreover, he did not transfer the title or registration in Massachusetts and could not find the original issued by GA.
In 2016, a co-worker asked to buy a motorbike. The only thing he had was the GA registration and no title. I did an online search and informed him to call the Camden County tax commissioner’s office. They directed him to fill out and mail in the RMV-1 form.
Unfortunately, he hadn’t all the required information, and he can’t skip the required fields on the form.
I resumed another research across all states, and I found something you would need regarding whether you can sell a motorcycle without a title.
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Can I Sell My Motorcycle Without a Title?
The simple answers are yes and no. YES, because it depends on your state and whether you are willing to sell the bike with an open or floated title, which makes you a curbstoner. Moreover, the buyer will have a headache getting a replacement title and putting the motorcycle in their name unless they can spend on the bonded title and wait for some months of statutory processing. NO, because it is illegal to sell a motorcycle without a title.
When you sell a motorcycle without a title, it indicates that you have omitted sales taxes and registration fees. Moreover, the registration office will charge the sales tax and fine the buyer of the untitled motorcycle.
Note that it is super challenging and expensive for the buyer of an untitled motorcycle to register it in their name. The DMV will frustrate them to request a duplicate title from the seller since they have the registration.
When the buyer proves that they can’t contact the seller for a new title, a new stage of titling the bike begins. First, the buyer of the untitled motorcycle will contact the DMV with the required forms mentioned on the DMV’s website, including the bill of sale, photo ID, bonded title application form, and pay the necessary administrative fees.
If you must sell the motorcycle, consider Craigslist. You can sell a motorcycle on Craigslist even without a title. However, the motorcycle market value will reduce significantly. The reason is that the buyer will bear the stress of registering it in their name without a title.
How will the motorcycle buyer obtain a title for the bike?
Depending on your state, if the buyer bought the untitled motorcycle from you as out of state, they must submit the VIN at the authorized safety inspection station. If the motorcycle was not registered in the buyer’s state, they must submit the VIN at the station specified by the law enforcement for theft inspection. Suppose they pass the test; they receive certification.
The next step is to obtain the notice of determination for a bonded title. It also indicates the amount of bond the motorcycle buyer will purchase.
The next stage is to apply for the bond with the notice of determination for a bonded title. The buyer needs their photo ID and the bill of sale you issued them.
Next, the buyer will prepare and submit the notice of determination for a bonded title, photo ID, ownership proof (that you issued them during the motorcycle sale) at the county tax office.
Depending on the state of the motorcycle buyer, they may be asked for the customs paper (if the motorcycle was imported), law enforcement identification number inspection (if the motorcycle is registered in your state), and the vehicle identification report (if the purchased the bike from you as an out of state).
Meanwhile, some of the states I know to accept bonded titles include Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Alabama, Connecticut, Texas, Wyoming, Wisconsin, Washington, Tennessee, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Florida, California, Alaska, Utah, Georgia, Idaho, and Vermont.
So, after the entire process, the buyer of your untitled motorcycle receives a title with a BONDED inscription.
Get a Replacement Title
If you do not want the buyer to stress their life out, it will be easier to get a replacement title. Unless you have a lien on the motorcycle, replacing your lost motorcycle title won’t be challenging.
Navigate to your local DMV’s website for the requirements or call them.
Moreover, I was able to go through the state’s registry of motor vehicles and request a duplicate title in 2017. It is a convenient process, and it saves the motorcycle buyer the future headache.
Is It Legal to Sell a Motorcycle Without a Title?
It is illegal to sell a motorcycle without a title. The state assumes that you are dodging taxes and selling multiple motorcycles per year without a license. By selling your motorcycle without a title, the buyer will be fined and charged sales tax too during registration.