TECHNICAL ADVISORY

DIVISION OF MOTOR VEHICLES

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To:                  Tax Collectors and License Plate Agents

 

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Subject:          Motorcycles Motor______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 


Advisory                                             Implementation                                 Carl A. Ford, Director

Date:               07/01/09                                  Date:   Immediately

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Advisory Number:    BFO 09-01

 

 

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The Department licenses manufacturers, importers and distributors of electric and gas powered motorcycles with an engine displacement greater than 50 cubic centimeters (cc’s) and with an engine displacement of 50 cc’s or less. 

 

For the purposes of titling and registering, section 320.01(27), Florida Statutes, defines a motorcycle as “any motor vehicle having a seat or saddle for the use of the rider and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, excluding a vehicle in which the operator is enclosed by a cabin unless it meets the requirements set forth by the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration for a motorcycle.  The term “motorcycle” does not include a tractor or moped.”

 

For the purposes of dealer licensing, section 320.27(1)(b), Florida Statutes, defines a motor vehicle as “any motor vehicle of the type and kind required to be registered and titled under chapter 319 and this chapter, except a recreational vehicle, moped, motorcycle powered by a motor with a displacement of 50 cubic centimeters or less, or a mobile home.”

 

For several years, we have referred to motorcycles that are 50 cc’s and less as motor scooters.  The statutes that govern this agency do not define a motor scooter and the use of that term can sometimes be confusing to consumers, tax collector employees and members of this department.  Therefore, effective immediately, the Department will discontinue using the term motor scooter when referring to a motorcycle with an engine displacement 50 cc’s or less and will call it what the statutes defines it as; a motorcycle. 

 

Manufacturers, distributors or importers are required to be licensed with the department for motorcycles with an engine displacement of 50 cc’s or less and can retail or wholesale these motorcycles to anyone provided they have been approved for the line-make(s) and are shown on the motorcycle list on the intranet.  When processing the title and registration for motorcycles with an engine displacement of 50 cc’s or less, please verify the eligibility of the manufacturer, importer or distributor against the “Motorcycle List –Displacement of 50 cc’s or less” that is available for your use on the Department’s website at:  http://www.flhsmv.gov/Intranet/DMV/Bulletins/Motorcycle_List.htm.

 

Effective immediately, please enter the vehicle type and the body type of a motorcycle with an engine displacement of 50 cc’s or less as “MC”.  The same applies to motorcycles with an engine displacement over 50 cc’s.

 

In addition, when a title is submitted for transfer where the body type is “MS,” please perform a title correction changing the body type to “MC.”

 

Please note: A franchise or independent dealer’s license is not required to sell motorcycles with an engine displacement of 50cc or less.  However, a franchise dealer’s license is required to sell new motorcycles with an engine displacement greater than 50 cc’s and an independent dealer’s license is required to used sell motorcycles with an engine displacement greater than 50cc’s. 

 

You will continue to receive a Manufacturers Certificate of Origin (MCO) issued by manufacturers, importers or distributors that state “motor scooter” under the body type for a motorcycle with an engine displacement 50 cc’s or less.  We should not reject an MCO because it shows motor scooter.  There are a couple of items we should focus on when reviewing the MCO.  First, does the MCO show the cubic centimeters?  If it does not, you must reject the application and require the applicant to obtain a corrected MCO showing the cubic centimeters.  Second, if the MCO shows 50 cc’s or less, you should verify that the manufacturer, distributor or importer is shown on the motorcycle list.  If it is not, please fax the MCO to the Dealer License Section at (850) 617-5217.

 

As a part of the licensing procedure the Department provides assistance to the licensee regarding the accuracy of information to be stated on their Manufacturer Certificate of Origin (MCO).  The licensee is advised to state the engine displacement in cubic centimeters (cc’s) on the MCO.  Effective immediately the Dealer License Section in Tallahassee will advise the manufacturers, importers and distributors of motorcycles to show the cc’s on the MCO and state the body type as “motorcycle”.  However, if you receive an MCO indicating a motor scooter, do not reject the application, instead, make sure the cc’s are listed and if 50 cc’s or under, verify the manufacturer, distributor or importer are on the Motorcycle List cited above.

 

Any question involving dealer licensing issues or questions about MCO’s should be submitted to the Dealer License Section at (850) 617-3003 or fax number (850) 617-5217.

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