To: Tax Collectors and License Plate Agents

From: Carl A. Ford, Director

Subject: Motorcycles

Advisory Date: 05/28/04

Advisory Number: T04-05


After carefully reviewing Florida Statutes and DMV policy, the department will be implementing the following guidelines for processing motorcycles with a displacement of 50 cubic centimeters or less.

First, please understand that we wish to make this process as expeditious as possible, however, our primary mission is the safety of Florida’s citizens.

Furthermore and for clarification purposes, motorcycles sold under the regulatory provisions of section 320.27, Florida Statutes (displacement of more than 50 cubic centimeters), are not the focus of this technical advisory. The objective is to ensure those motorcycles with a displacement of 50 cubic centimeters or less, where the retailer is not regulated under section 320.27, Florida Statutes, meets all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards) FMVSS, complies with Florida’s laws and procedures for the manufacturer’s certificate of origin, and obtains a manufacturer/distributor/importer license.

All manufacturers, distributors and importers of new motorcycles with a displacement of 50 cubic centimeters or less must apply to the department for a manufacturer/distributor/importer license. An application and information packet, including contact information, is attached to this advisory and we ask that you make this available to any manufacturer, distributor or importer who requests it. This packet contains information about the requirement of a DOT Vehicle Certification Label and the specifications for a manufacturer’s statement/certificate of origin. The DOT Vehicle Certification Label and a Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin (MSO)/Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin (MCO) stamped Sample or Specimen must be submitted to the Bureau of License and Enforcement along with their application for license. The packet is also available on the web at:

After the manufacturer, distributor or importer has complied with all DMV requirements, they will be issued a license and must provide a copy of their license to the retailer so they can submit this as part of their support documentation. Those companies already listed on the Motorcycle Approval List will be contacted by mail with information that will assist them in complying with the new requirements.

Processing clerks should access the "Motorcycle List" before processing the motorcycles specified in this technical advisory to ensure 1) that the assigned license number matches the line make and, 2) that the MSO/MCO the applicant submits is in compliance with the MSO/MCO approved by the department. Applications are only accepted if accompanied by a copy of the manufacturer/distributor/importer license. If the license number is recorded on the MSO/MCO, the manufacturer, distributor, or import does not have to submit a copy of their license.

To apply for an original Florida Certificate of Title for a NEW or USED motorcycle, the following documentation must be submitted:

New Motorcycles 50 cubic centimeters and under

A Manufacturers Statement/Certificate of Origin, showing a complete chain of ownership to the applicant.

A copy of the manufacturer/distributor/importer license.

Used motorcycles

1. The out of state title completed for transfer to the purchaser.


2. A bill of sale (must include the year, make and vehicle identification number of the motorcycle) and at least one of the following:

The Florida or out-of-state registration certificate (for the motorcycle) in the owner's name.


Verification of ownership status issued by the Division of Motor Vehicles in the state where the motor vehicle was last registered. The verification must contain a description of the motor vehicle including year, make and vehicle identification number. Verification may be one of the following:

(a) A computer generated printout from the out-of-state motor vehicle division.

(b) A letter on letterhead stationery from the out-of-state motor vehicle division.

(c) A copy of the teletype printout or a statement which shows the ownership information, the name of the law enforcement agency and the official's name who provided the verification information.

(d) Photocopy of the out-of-state certificate of title.

This technical advisory does not apply to mopeds. MCOs for mopeds do NOT have to be approved, as they are only registered.

If a manufacturer, distributor, importer or retailer has any questions regarding this process, please contact the department via email by visiting the web site listed below:

If you have any questions regarding the above information, please contact your DMV Field Support Help Desk.