Press Release - 04-17-2023

DMV news

Monday, April 17, 2023


Registrations Can be Renewed Online

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) 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 April 30. Customers can quickly and easily do their renewals online.

 “As the weather warms, many motorcyclists get ready to ride,” said DMV Commissioner Mark J. F. Schroeder. “At DMV, we have worked hard to streamline our processes so people can do their business quickly, easily and conveniently. It takes only a few minutes to renew your motorcycle registration online so you can enjoy a safe ride along New York’s many scenic routes.”

Motorcycles must be inspected at least once every 12 months at a station DMV has licensed to perform motorcycle safety inspections. Customers should look for a blue and orange or blue and gold sign reading "Official NYS Motorcycle Inspection Station." You can find a registered business on the DMV website.

Motorcyclists cannot renew a registration that is suspended or revoked or if the motorcycle has not been inspected in the past 12 months. If the registration is expired for more than a year, you will have to reregister it at a DMV office or by mail.

To be operated on public roadways, motorcycles must have liability coverage. This applies to motorcycles registered out-of-state as well as to those registered in New York.

With the increase in motorcyclists sharing the road, drivers should watch for and give motorcyclists’ room, just as they should be increasingly aware of bicyclists and pedestrians who are more commonly out in the warmer months.

Safety Tips for Drivers:

  • Watch for motorcycles. Be aware of motorcycles sharing our roadways during all seasons, but particularly during the spring and summer months when riding is most popular.
  • Yield to motorcycles — don't make a rash decision and turn quickly in front of an on-coming motorcycle as it may be traveling faster than it appears!
  • Look Twice and Save a Life! Check your mirrors and blind spots for motorcycles before changing lanes. Also, when negotiating busy intersections, look twice for motorcycles before proceeding safely! They have a smaller frontal area and may be hard to see.
  • Be a responsible driver. Ensure your vehicle is in safe operating condition and that all of your safety equipment is properly adjusted. Observe and obey all traffic laws, signs, and signals.
  • Stay focused on the road and your surroundings. Never drive distracted. Don't let cell phones and other activities distract you from your core mission — driving safely!
  • Drive sober. Never drive impaired by alcohol or drugs and discourage others from doing so. Impaired driving is an indiscriminate killer with no demographic barriers!

Safety Tips for Motorcyclists:

  • Protect your melon! Always wear a DOT-approved helmet and eye protection. "Novelty Helmets" are not approved and offer little protection to the rider in a crash. In fact, they are illegal to wear on New York roadways.
  • Always wear high quality riding gear designed to protect the rider during a fall. This includes over-the-ankle boots, full finger gloves with padding in addition to jackets and pants with armor protection at impact points.
  • Be conspicuous. Wear high visibility vests, garments with reflector features and accessories to boost your visibility to other drivers. 
  • Maintain your motorcycle properly. Ensure all of your lights and horn are working and both mirrors are adjusted. Make sure your tires are properly inflated and have legal tread depth. Remember, motorcycles maintain a smaller tire contact patch on the roadway when compared to other vehicles. Good traction is a key component to safe handling and braking in normal and adverse situations.
  • Maintain a high level of awareness. Scan the roadway constantly for dangers and ride alert. If you are tired, take a break and re-energize to boost your concentration.
  • Drive sober. Never ride impaired by alcohol or drugs and discourage other riders from making a bad choice.
  • Turn left with caution. Most crashes between cars and motorcycles involve turning left. If you are preparing to cross traffic or turn left, take a second look to make sure it is safe to proceed.
  • SLOW DOWN! Speed is the number one cause of traffic crashes. Slow down, take your time and maintain control of the motorcycle.
  • Allow adequate space between you and the vehicle in front of you. Use the "two second" rule as a safety zone.
  • Observe and obey all traffic laws, signs and signals.
  • Let other motorists know your intentions. Signal when you turn with your directional lights or hand signals. Also, flashing your brake light periodically before you stop will alert drivers behind you to be cautious!

To learn more about owning a motorcycle, visit DMV’s motorcycle manual web page.

For motorcycle safety information, visit the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee motorcycle web page.