Why I Register Motorcycles In Vermont (Without A Title)

I found registering a new motorcycle in Vermont without a title easier than in my state. To register a motorcycle in Vermont without a title is a simple process requiring minimal time and effort. As long as you follow the Vermont DMV’s requirements and legally can prove you own the motorcycle.

I only had the completed Bill of Sale(an invoice from the vendors who sold me the Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin(MCO). With the motorcycle’s MCO and receipt, I managed to register all my bikes(x2) in Vermont with no trouble from Vermont.

My Vermont DMV, Legal, and Expert Notice

I am NOT a Department of Motor Vehicles expert(including Vermont’s DMV), I am NOT a lawyer, or run a motorcycle service or business. I am a new motorcycle rider and owner who ran into issues registering my new motorcycle(s) in my home state.

I want to share with you that I registered a motorcycle in Vermont without a title, and I’ve done this twice with good experiences. So this post is entirely based on my layperson’s understanding and experiences of doing out-of-state registrations of my motorcycles with the state of Vermont. Do your research.

How I saved Time and Money saved with Vermont's Out of state  Motorcycle Registration Process.
Time and Money saved with Vermont Motorcycle Registration Process.

Got Actual Vermont DMV Help.

You might have noticed I said I had GOOD experiences with a DMV. Yes, my personal, person-to-person contact(via phone) has been positive with the DMV in Vermont. I had a problem with the check I used to pay the fees and taxes. A lovely lady from the Vermont DMV called me.

Read: Call From Vermont DMV About Boom Vader (My Grom Clone). Oh-No!

The check I used was grossly mis-dated, being old, dyslexia, whatever; I screwed up the date on the check so bad that it was unusable. This lovely DMV worker walked me through the options and explained I could pay by Credit Card.

I was amazed; this DMV lady was trying to help me! She was so nice.

We all have those horror stories of going to the DMV, messing up with paperwork, and having to start over or wait in long lines. This person called me, left a voice mail, and was available as soon as I called back.

This specific experience was impressive, and I got my second motorcycle registered.

Now for my overall Vermont motorcycle registration experience.

What Is My Experience Registering Motorcycles, In Vermont?

My first experience was a necessary one. I bought the TaoTao TBR7 motorcycle and received information from the Pa DMV that the bike was a ‘custom’ motorcycle. I would have provided details on how I constructed it, notarized the original seller’s MCO, and completed a long/expensive inspection process.

My home state’s DMV didn’t recognize my TaoTao TBR7 motorcycle as a factory-made one. This was a real problem. I bought the TaoTao TBR7 motorcycle for about $1200 (minus shipping and handling), and now the state wanted to increase my cost of ownership by several hundred dollars. 

This wasn’t just a cost factor in money but in time. The bike would have to be left with an enhanced motorcycle state inspector. Not many of these special state motorcycle inspectors and the closest one to me is a good drive away.  

The inspection would take about a day, so waiting around wasn’t an option. I would have scheduled a ride to and from the inspection.  

The amount of paperwork I would have to generate was terrific. I would have to have all my Manufacturer’s Certificate Of Origins (MCOs) notarized, bill of sales, and all costs, including detailed history and steps I took to complete the motorcycle.

This amount of work was too large, all because the VIN( FAQ: Where Is The VIN On A Motorcycle? ) of my motorcycle didn’t match any database in the DMV as from a motorcycle manufacturer.

I Learned About Vermont’s Friendly Motorcycle Registration.

I was bummed out with my first motorcycle, all insured, but unable to easily register my TaoTao TBR7 motorcycle to ride on the streets.

My Chinese dual-sport motorcycle was turned into an overweight dirt bike. :/

After several web searches for options to register a new motorcycle, I found discussions about Vermont’s legal loophole for motorcycles.

Based on my experience, I created a post about how I felt it wasn’t a legal loophole but that Vermont is very motorcycle friendly. Compared to other states, including many motorcycle owners’ home state DMVs.

With no real way to register my motorcycle in my home state without paying ridiculous fees, costs and time, I opted to try the Vermont method.

My TaoTao TBR7 Motorcycle Specs And Vt DMV Conditions.

My TaoTao TBR7 Motorcycle In Front Of Covered Bridge.
My TaoTao TBR7 Motorcycle Street Legal With Vermont Plates.

My TaoTao TBR7 motorcycle( TaoTao TBR7 Review & Specs ) is a small engine dual-sport. My TBR7 motorcycle is street legal(Except Ca, I’m told). It can be registered as a regular street motorcycle, although it maintains much of its dirt bike( My TaoTao TBR7 Is A Dirt Bike! ) characteristics.

Light weight bike(light compared to regular street motorcycles), high ground clearances, and large knobby, tubed, and wire spoke wheels.

The important part that helps me with the Vermont motorcycle registration process is the size of the TBR7 motorcycle engine. The TBR7 motorcycle has a 229cc single-cylinder engine.

Now being this small(<=300cc), Vermont allows complete registration by mail. This means I can register my TaoTao TBR7 motorcycle out of state, I can do everything by mail!

Yes!!!! With a small engine, my motorcycle will be easy to both register and keep registered with Vermont.

My Motorcycles In Vermont Without A Title.

So far, I’ve registered two motorcycles (TaoTao TBR7 and Boom Vader Gen 2) with Vermont without a title.  

Boom Vader Gen 2 125cc motorcycle with green hills in background.
My Boom Vader Gen 2, Cruising the world, one mile at a time. Street Legal Thanks to Vermont.

General Steps I took To Register My Motorcycles With Vermont:

  1. Downloaded Vermont DMV Registration form: VD-119 (https://dmv.vermont.gov/sites/dmv/files/documents/VD-119-Vehicle_Registration_Tax_Title.pdf)
  2. Using Vermont DMV Registration instructions: VD-119i (https://dmv.vermont.gov/sites/dmv/files/documents/VD-119i-Registration_Tax_Title_Instructions.pdf), I completed VD-119.
  3. Using the Bill of Sale(Receipt), I calculated the tax I needed to pay in Vermont: Price of motorcycle x 6%.
  4. Mailed everything to the Vermont DMV: a completed form VD-119, MCO(I sent original with back completed by myself as the buyer, which the Vt DMV later returned), copy of Bill Of Sale, and payment for the registration fee($48/year + tax[6% of motorcycle price]).

Extra Motorcycle “Stuff” I Mailed To The Vermont DMV!

JUST IN CASE, I sent additional information.

I mailed: 

  1. Photos of my Motorcycle VIN plates.
  2. Copy of my motorcycle license.
  3. Copy of my motorcycle insurance card.

This ‘extra stuff’ might have been overkill, but as you might have noticed, I’ve had negative experiences with my home state DMVs. Therefore I will send everything to ensure this registration process is completed in one step.

Did You Register A Motorcycle In Vermont Without A Title?

Please share your registration experiences with me; please comment below. Interested in what motorcycle you registered, what is your home state, and why you registered a motorcycle in Vermont vs. your home state?

I plan to keep a list of why people register motorcycles out of state in Vermont instead of using their home state DMVs. And why?

My Future Plans:

With the continued interest in out-of-state registration of motorcycles in Vermont, I will document the steps I took to complete my registration in more detail later. In the meantime, thank you.

Ride Safe, Ride Legal, Ride Fun!

Information Disclaimer:

Information contained in this post and on this site is based on my very novice opinions and understanding of motorcycle issues. I am constantly learning as a new motorcycle rider, tinkerer, and owner.

So, do your own research, and understand this site is for entertainment purposes only as I document my growth as a new motorcyclist.

If I make a mistake with any of my understanding, please reach out to me. Motorcycling can be a dangerous activity, and we all can help each other enjoy it safely.

Picture of me, as a New Motorcyclist.
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.

2 thoughts on “Why I Register Motorcycles In Vermont (Without A Title)”

  1. Was your MCO and bill of sale from a Chinese supplier? I’m going through the same issue. What if my motor is over 300cc? Thanks.

    • Hi Jeff Thanks for stopping by and commenting, these are great questions.

      Remember, Not a reseller, Lawyer, or expert at any DMV. I’ve made mistakes registering my motorcycles and had the Vt DMV help me fix them.

      The MCO portion of your question:

      Been a while since I registered my motorcycles in Vermont, so I had to look at one of my motorcycle’s Manufactures Certificate Of Origin (MCO).

      The MCO is issued by the factor where my motorcycle was made. In the case of the Boom Vader Gen 2 motorcycle, it says at the top:


      But as you read down, the MCO explains that an authorized respective of the company was certified to do the transfer(I hope I’m reading this right)

      And in the space below is the name of the company I bought the motorcycle from, including their address.

      Followed by the original manufacturer’s company name and signature.

      So… based on what I read related to your question, the MCO is issued from the manufacturer, and a representative is assigned to do the final transfer (in this case, the company who sold me the motorcycle).

      Good question about what changes if my motorcycles were over 300cc’s?

      Well, I didn’t cross this bridge since both my motorcycles are below 300cc’s, but quickly reading the paperwork at: https://dmv.vermont.gov/registrations

      The motorcycle is title-able if “300cc+ and 15 years old or newer”

      I’m not a lawyer or DMV expert, so I’m just reading what I found on their website. The most important thing I saw was the contact us page: https://dmv.vermont.gov/contact

      I had some problems with my ability to remember how to write out a check, and I was called by the Vermont DMV( Call From Vermont DMV About Boom Vader (My Grom Clone). Oh-No! ); when I returned the call, I spoke to one of the nicest people that wanted to help me. I recommend you contact them and get specific answers to your question.

      Sorry if this doesn’t fully answer your questions, just writing what I read from the MCO and the Vt DMV site. Again, I would suggest you contact the Vt DMV, maybe by phone to get quicker answers.

      Good luck and I’m curious your outcome. Please come back and comment what happened.

      Thank you,


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