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Motorcycle and Motor Driven Cycle Classifications

motorcycle 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. satisfies the operational and equipment specifications described in 49 CFR 571 and IC 9-19.

The term does include an autocycle. 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: View the Fee Chart

Vehicle Excise Tax: Assessed according to the motorcycle age and adjusted vehicle value

County or Municipal Vehicle Excise Tax: Assessed according to county and municipal ordinance, if applicable

Credentials required: Driver’s License with a Motorcycle Endorsement

Endorsement Fee: $19.00 (in addition to any applicable amendment fee).

Operating Restrictions:

  • Helmet and eye protection 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

MDC plate

Definition: A motor vehicle that:

  1. has a seat or saddle for the use of the rider;
  2. is designated to travel on not more than three (3) wheels in contact with the ground;
  3. complies with the applicable motor vehicle equipment requirements under IC 9-19 and 49 CFR 571; and
  4. has a cylinder capacity not exceeding fifty (50) cubic centimeters.

The term does not include an electric bicycle.

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: View the Fee Chart

Vehicle Excise Tax: View Excise Tax Chart

County and Municipal Excise Tax: Assessed according to county and municipal ordinance, if applicable

Credentials: Unexpired identification card with a Motor Driven Cycle 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 and eye protection 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