What Is The Difference Between A Manufacture’s Certificate Of Origin (MCO) And A Title? – FAQ

What Is The Difference Between A Manufacture’s Certificate Of Origin (MCO) And A Title? – FAQ

Now that I’ve bought two motorcycles(a TaoTao TBR7 dual-sport and a Grom-Clone Boom Vader motorcycle) direct from importers, I’ve had to deal with Manufacture’s Certificate Of Origins (MCO) and learned the difference between them and a motorcycle title.

What Is An MCO?

The manufacturer issues a Manufacturer’s Certificate Of Origin, essentially a vehicle’s birth certificate. Governing bodies don’t issue the MCO. The MCO is just proof of creation.

The MCO contains information like VIN, Make, model, manufacturer, and location of creation.

FAQ: Where Is The VIN On A Motorcycle

The MCO is issued once upon manufacturing the vehicle. Or my case, the motorcycles.

What Is A Title?

Now a vehicle title is issued by a governing body, State government, federal government, country registry, etc. It usually defines who the owner is and enough information to identify the vehicle, such as VIN and make/model.

Often the vehicle title is re-created each time a vehicle is registered with the transfer of vehicle owners or from one governing body to another.

Such as relocation of the vehicle to another state. The old title is turned in with the new state registration, and the state issues a new title.

So, unlike MCOs, a vehicle can have multiple titles throughout life.

Also, unlike an MCO, a title often contains information about the current owner and any liens against the vehicle.

This helps explain what I learned are the differences between a Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin and a Title.

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Just Me…Newly Licensed.

Hi I’m Tom, A New Motorcycle Rider and Blog Author.

I am a new rider(Pa Learners Permit at the end of 2020, and I received a Pa Motorcycle License in 2021 after passing a Motorcycle Safety Course).

I bought my first motorcycle, a TaoTao TBR7, at the beginning of 2021 and have been doing upgrades on that motorcycle since.

I added to my motorcycle collection by buying a Boom Vader Gen 2 in 2022, and that Grom-Clone motorcycle has been upgraded by me as well.

I continue to ride my Boom Vader Gen 2 motorcycle as well as my TaoTao TBR7 dual-sport bike.

Read more on my About Me page.

Fun Fact: I’ve only been on one group ride.

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