Registering off-highway motorcycles for highway use

Some of you know that due to some hard word by ARMCA D23 in our state last year that legislation was passed to make it easier to register off-highway motorcycles (dirtbikes) for highway use.  The State was given some time to get their ducks in a row and figure out how to process the applications.  Now, as of January 15th, the DMV should know how to do this if you bring in the right information.  The state has the following two helpful documents online:

Frequently asked questions: https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/dvs/forms-documents/Documents/MotorVehicle-Off-Highway-Motorcycle-FAQs.pdf

Print and fill out this form: https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/dvs/forms-documents/Documents/MV-certification-checklist-off-road-motorcycles.pdf

It is important to note that you don’t get a title for your bike with this process.  Just a plate and special plate sticker.

Some of you have written in saying how easy the process was.  This is very good to hear! Hopefully this means more riders enjoying the trails in Minnesota this year.

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4 Responses to Registering off-highway motorcycles for highway use

  1. John Forde says:

    Norske, the two links are the same. Can you give us the link for the form to fill out?

  2. Norske says:

    They are different for me. Please hit refresh in your browser and try again.

  3. Jon says:

    It’s a very simple process. Or, it was in Kandiyohi County (Willmar). I plated a DRZ400E in January. The previous owner installed a Baja Designs kit – hi/lo headlight, tail/brake light, mirror, horn and turn signals (not required).

    I put DOT tires on it – Kenda 760 TrackMasters – and got the DNR registration, then the plate. About $70 for all. You self-certify that it’s properly equipped. Be honest, lest we have this taken away due to abusive registrations!

    I now have another 400E with an Iowa plate & title. Tomorrow, I’ll see about a straight transfer to Minnesota title and license. It has lights, horn and mirror but no turn signals.

    Jon

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