How To Register A Custom Motorcycle Tip #1
How To Register A Custom Motorcycle or Chopper:
Registering Your Custom Built Motorcycle Tip #1
The process of registering your custom built motorcycle begins longbefore you present your finished motorcycle at the localregistration office for getting everything legal to go on thehighway. In fact, the process begins with the purchase of your veryfirst part and continues throughout the build process and after.This report covers the most common situations which arise whenpreparing to register a custom built motorcycle. Antiquemotorcycles are not covered since the process is rather complex andmost custom builds today are not built from antique components.
First of all you must be aware that every State of the Union isslightly different in its laws and exact procedures for registeringa custom built motorcycle, but many aspects are exactly the same.In order to ensure, however, that you do not fail to dot every "i"and cross every "t" along the way, you should open a dialogue witha helpful representative at your local registration office to learnany special details and requirements that may be specific to yourState. In fact, it is a great idea to attempt to locate someone atthe registration office who is helpful and friendly and beespecially nice to this representative because you will probablyneed to ask some questions along the way and having a contact whois familiar with what you are attempting to do will ensure apleasant experience when finding answers to hard questions.
Some States limit the number of "builder's titles" an individualcan apply for within a specific period of time without holding abusiness license as a motorcycle builder. In other States, thislimit is not simply based on builder's titles but is, instead,based on the number of vehicles of any kind which are titled in aperson's name within one year. For example, in order to preventpeople from using their front lawns to open illegal used car lots,Florida created a law stating that a single individual could nottitle 10 or more vehicles within one year unless they could proveeither they owned and drove the vehicles (such as a car collector)or they applied to become a business. Be sure to learn about anysuch regulations in your area.
Much of the process required to register your custom builtmotorcycle will depend upon exactly how you obtained the parts andequipment used to build the bike. If the motorcycle was purchasedas a basket case with frame and engine parts, you should haveobtained the title to the motorcycle with the purchase. This is akey to successful registration. The Vehicle Identification Number(VIN) on the frame and engine should match the VIN listed on themotorcycle Title of Ownership and allow you to easily transfer thetitle. But many situations are not that simple and each situationhas differing requirements. Before looking at specific custom buildscenarios, let's look at the parts of the process which are thesame for each type of build.
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