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Vehicles that meet the definition of a motorcycle must be properly titled and registered before they can be operated on highways and roads in Nebraska. A motorcycle is defined 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 but excluding a tractor, an all terrain vehicle or an electric personal assistive mobility device.

Motorcycle includes Scooters that meet the requirements below.

Motorcycle requirements:

  • Total wheel and tire diameter of 14 inches or more. §60-636
  • Engine rated capacity of 45 cc or more. §60-636
  • Must have a permanent and regular seat attached. §60-6,307
  • If carrying a passenger, must be equipped with proper seating and footrests for the passenger.§60-6,307
  • Handle bars no more than 15 inches above the mounting point.§60-6,307
  • All operators and passengers must wear helmets.§60-6,279
  • Tire requirements. §60-6,250, §60-6,252
  • Must be equipped with a brake adequate to control the movement of and to stop and to hold such motorcycle. §60-6,244
  • Must be equipped with a horn in good working order capable of emitting sound audible under normal conditions from a distance not less than two hundred feet. §60-6,285
  • Must be equipped with a muffler in good working order and in constant operation to prevent excessive or unusual noise or annoying smoke. §60-6,286
  • Must be equipped with lighted front and rear lamps; the taillight must be red.§60-6,220
  • Must have a rear license plate. §60-3,100
  • Not required to have a signal light. §60-6,162
  • Must have odometer if vehicle manufactured/assembled within previous 10 years §60-192
  • Manufacturer's Statement of Origin(MSO)CANNOT indicate off-road use only. The manufacturer CANNOT have designed the vehicle as off-road, regardless of whether the off-road disclaimer appears on the vehicle's MSO. §60-339
  • Must display both the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (DOT) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Certification decals.

Once you have determined that your vehicle meets the minimum requirements that define a Motorcycle, please refer to Certificate of Title Motor Vehicle for specific information about obtaining a Certificate of Title.

Refer to the section on Liens if you need information about noting a lien.

For information about obtaining a registration and license plate for a Motorcycle, please refer to Vehicle Registrations .

If your vehicle is a Moped, please refer to Mopeds .

If your vehicle is a Minibike, please refer to Minibikes .

If your vehicle is an ATV, please refer to ATVs .

If your vehicle is an UTV, please refer to UTVs .

If your vehicle is an Electric Assistive Device, please refer to Electric Personal Assistive Devices .

Questions regarding Motorcycles may be addressed to Email or by contacting this office at (402) 471-3918.


This page last revised 1/5/11