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DMV to NY Motorcyclists: Renew Your Registrations by May 1


The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles is reminding motorcycle owners to renew their registrations before they expire April 30.

Motorcycles are registered for one year, and all motorcycle registrations expire on Tuesday. Registration renewals can be done quickly and easily on the DMV website.

“Many motorcyclists begin to make travel plans as we get further into spring,” DMV Commissioner Mark Schroeder said in a news release. “In just a few minutes, you can conveniently and securely renew your motorcycle registration online and get ready for a season of enjoying travel along New York’s many scenic roadways.”

Motorcycles must be inspected at least once every 12 months at a station licensed by DMV to perform motorcycle safety inspections. Look for a blue and orange or blue and gold sign reading “Official NYS Motorcycle Inspection Station.”

If a motorcycle is suspended or revoked, or if the motorcycle has not been inspected in the past 12 months, its registration cannot be renewed. If the registration is expired for more than a year, you will have to re-register at a DMV office or by mail.

To be operated on public roadways, motorcycles must have liability insurance coverage. This applies whether the motorcycle is registered in New York or out of state.

With the improved weather, drivers should expect to see more motorcyclists and give them room, just as they should be increasingly aware of bicyclists and pedestrians.

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