VEHICLE MANUFACTURERS LIST
Motorcycle Builders - Trailer Builders
Motorcycle and Trailer Manufacturers Licensing Agency
Chuck Bauman, Licensing Consultant
APPLICATION, CONSULTING, HELP, ASSISTANCE
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NEW JERSEY MOTORCYCLE MANUFACTURERS APPLICATION PROCESS:
"If the manufacturer does not appear on the approved list, you must also provide:
A color photo of the NHTSA label
A color photo of the EPA Noise Emissions label**
A color photo of the EPA Exhaust Emissions label**
A color photo of the side of the motorcycle
Proof of insurance and pay the title and registration fee
Basically, New Jersey will title and register your bikes if your customer provides the info above.
ABOVE: Sample EPA motorcycle noise label -- of course yours will have your name, and the correct year etc but the rest of the wording would be the same.
ABOVE: Sample EPA motorcycle emissions label -- of course yours will have your name, and the correct year etc but the rest of the wording would be the same.
In the world of motorcycle and trailer manufacturing, as in life, not everything is as it should be. There are a few hassles out there. For instance, the State of New Jersey DMV will not honor your MCOs and issue titles if you are not on their "approved" motorcycle manufacturer list.
In a sensible world, the New Jersey DMV would either accept your bank note MCO at face value since they are not easy to fake or -- at most -- they might do what Alaska and Hawaii DMVs do which is to check to make sure you are listed on the USDOT NHTSA website.
US DOT searchable listing of bona fide vehicle manufacturers
Instead, New Jersey came up with the idea of starting their own list. If you are in or near New Jersey this might mot surprise you. Also if you are in or near New Jersey, it is probably a good idea to jump through their little hoops and get on their list so that any customers of yours who go to a New Jersey DMV will not have a problem getting your MCO honored and accepted.
As noted above, a person will be able to get their bike or trike titled even if the manufacturer is NOT on the New Jersey List with the info noted above.
However, being on the New Jersey list is very convenient if you are likely to have customers who wish to do their original title from your MCO in New Jersey.
Once a manufacturer is on the NHTSA list (contact Chuck Bauman for this service) , they can then call New Jersey MVC (Motor Vehicle Commission) Agency Services at 609-633-9456 to have their name and information updated on to the NJ list.
Another option -- particularly in the short run -- is to have your customer title their vehicle in a state that does not have any hassle like this. A state DMV might give someone a hassle on an MCO for a few reasons such as the manufacturer is newly registered and does not yet appear on the US DOT website of registered manufacturers yet.
Once a person has an official state title rather than just a manufacturer's MCO, then any state's DMV is pretty much obligated to honor it. As far as we know, no state will reject a proper title from any other state even if the manufacturer isn't on any secondary list of the state, etc.
You will need to register with the EPA first and get EPA labels as well as your manufacturer VIN labels, MCOs, etc. and send in some photos, etc to New Jersey. The complete information is below:
NOTE: The Manufacturers' List provided by the NJ MVC is intended for informational
purposes only. The Manufacturers' List should not be construed as the MVC's
endorsement of any manufacturer or motorcycle model contained on the List. The
roster is frequently updated to add approved manufacturers.
Motorcycle manufacturers who do not appear on the approved roster may submit a
request by clicking on the link below to the NJ MVC Contact Us webpage at:
STEP 1: Manufacturers should e-mail their inquiries using the format provided on the
webpage indicated above.
STEP 2: The MVC will personally contact the manufacturer to request the following
information about the motorcycles for which the company is seeking approval to title
and register in NJ:
1. A legible (scanned attachment) of both sides of a completed sample of a
Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin (MCO).
2. IF the name, address, and signature of the manufacturer do not appear in the
lower right corner of the MCO, a Power of Attorney (POA), which appoints the
Agent of Service of Process on Foreign Manufacturer, is issued by the
manufacturer, on the manufacturer's letterhead and signed by the president or
CEO of the company. The document must authorize the distributor or dealer to
complete the information for the company:
Example (partial): Pursuant to 110(e) of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle
Safety Act, 15U.S.C.i399(e), the manufacturer listed below hereby designates in
writing an agent upon whom service of all administrative and judicial processes,
notices, orders, decisions, and requirements may be made for and on behalf of said
manufacturer. The appointment of an agent is for service of process only; it is for no
other purpose whatsoever.
In accordance with the implementing regulation of the DOT / NHTSA, 49CFR
551.45 (1989), the manufacturer listed below hereby appoints _________ as its
agent for the purpose of service of process and hereby certifies as follows:
(Minimum Requirements of the POA)
1. Full name and address of manufacturer
2. Name of products authorized
3. Full name and address of designated agent
4. Signature, Title (CEO, President, etc.),
3. A legible photograph (scanned attachment) of the motorcycle in full profile. The
photo must include an adult rider who is sitting on the motorcycle and
holding the handle-grips.
4. A legible photograph (scanned attachment) of the NHTSA label that is
permanently affixed to the motorcycle. Please ensure that the name of the
manufacturer and the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) are legible in the
5. A legible photograph (scanned attachment) of the EPA Noise Emissions label
that is permanently affixed to the motorcycle (not applicable to fully-electric
6. A legible photograph (scanned attachment) of the EPA Exhaust Emissions
label that is permanently affixed to the motorcycle (not applicable to fully-
7. We cannot accept scans of labels that were photographed on a desk or table.
The labels must be permanently affixed to the motorcycle as required by
federal and state statutes. Labels cannot be affixed by screws since screws
are easily removed.
Due to the increased volume of submitted approval requests, complete
documentation packages as indicated above, must be submitted by the
manufacturer, distributor, or dealer only. Customers should contact the
manufacturer, distributor, or dealer of their motorcycle. After conducting a thorough
investigation of the scanned documents and photographs (complete documentation
package) submitted by the company spokesperson, the NJ MVC will contact the
manufacturer, distributor, or dealer within seven (7) business days.
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