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myBMV > Motorcycles and Motor Driven Cycles > Motor Driven Cycles Frequently Asked Questions > Motorcycle and Motor Driven Cycle Classifications Motorcycle and Motor Driven Cycle Classifications

Beginning January 1, 2015, new laws go into effect regarding the licensing and registration of Motor Driven Cycles, commonly referred to as motorized bicycles and mopeds.

Motorcycle

Definition: A motor vehicle that: (1) has a seat or saddle for the use of the rider; (2) is designed to travel on no more than three wheels on the ground; and (3) satisfies the operational and equipment specifications described in 49 CFR 571 and IC 9-19. The term does not include a farm tractor or a motor driven cycle.

Proof of Ownership: Certificate of Title or Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin

Insurance Required: Yes

Registration Fee: $26.35

Excise Tax: Assessed according to the motorcycle age and MSRP

Surtax: Assessed according to county ordinance, if applicable

Credentials: Driver’s License with a Motorcycle Endorsement

Endorsement Fee: Under 75 years of age: $12.00 (in addition to any applicable amendment fee). 75 years of age and older: $10.50 (in addition to any applicable amendment fee).

Operating Restrictions:

  • Helmet required if under 18
  • Must operate in a position astride the seat
  • Passengers may ride with proper passenger seat
  • Headlamps must be illuminated while operating
  • Cannot carry package in hand

Motor Driven Cycle - Class A

Motor Driven Cycle - Class A license plate
               MDC - Class A license plate

Definition: A motor vehicle that: (1) has a seat or saddle for the use of the rider; (2) is designed to travel on no more than three wheels on the ground; and (3) complies with applicable motor vehicle equipment requirements under IC 9-19 and 49 CFR 571; (4) has an engine that produces no more than five-brake horsepower; and (5) is registered as a Motor Driven Cycle - Class A. The term does not include an electric personal assistive mobility device.

Proof of Ownership: Certificate of Title or Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin; Bill of Sale; or Motor Driven Cycle (MDC) Affidavit - Affirmation of Ownership and/or Cubic Centimeters (CC) - State Form 55714

Insurance Required: Yes. A vehicle will require individuals to maintain current liability insurance that meets the state’s minimum requirement.

Registration Fee: $26.35

Excise Tax: $10

Surtax: Assessed according to county ordinance, if applicable

Credentials: Driver’s License with a Motorcycle Endorsement with or without a Motor Driven Cycle - Class A Restriction

Endorsement Fee: Under 75 years of age: $12.00 (in addition to any applicable amendment fee). 75 years of age and older: $10.50 (in addition to any applicable amendment fee).

Operating Restrictions:

  • Helmet required if under 18
  • Must operate in a position astride the seat
  • Passengers may ride with proper passenger seat
  • Headlamps must be illuminated while operating
  • Cannot carry package in hand
  • Operate near right-hand edge of roadway unless passing another vehicle or preparing for a left turn

Motor Driven Cycle - Class B

Motor Driven Cycle - Class B license plate
                MDC - Class B license plate

Definition: A motor vehicle that: (1) has a seat or saddle for the use of the rider; (2) is designed to travel on no more than three wheels on the ground; (3) complies with applicable motor vehicle equipment requirements under IC 9-19 and 49 CFR 571; (4) has a cylinder capacity not exceeding 50 cubic centimeters; and (5) is registered as a Motor Driven Cycle - Class B. The term does not include an electric personal assistive mobility device.

Proof of Ownership: Certificate of Title or Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin; Bill of Sale; or Motor Driven Cycle (MDC) Affidavit - Affirmation of Ownership and/or Cubic Centimeters (CC) - State Form 55714

Insurance Required: No

Registration Fee: $26.35

Excise Tax: $10

Surtax: Assessed according to county ordinance, if applicable

Credentials: Unexpired identification card with a Motor Driven Cycle - Class B Endorsement, or any valid unexpired permit or driver’s license

Endorsement Fee: $0.00 (may be charged an amendment fee)

Operating Restrictions:

  • Must be 15 years old or older
  • Helmet required if under 18
  • Must operate in a position astride the seat
  • Headlamps must be illuminated while operating
  • Cannot carry package in hand
  • Operate near right-hand edge of roadway unless passing another vehicle or preparing for a left turn
  • Operate at no more than 35 miles per hour
  • Passengers are not allowed
  • No interstate highway or sidewalk operation

Motor Driven Cycles Frequently Asked Questions