How to Mount a License Plate on a Motorcycle

Number plates, which establish the ownership of a vehicle, are required to be mounted on every motorcycle that is intended for operation on public roads and highways. To accommodate this necessity, motorcycle manufacturers equip their motorcycles with mounting locations along the frame or body, providing law enforcement with a clear view of the number plate. The aftermarket also offers bolt-on number plate relocation kits, often moving the license alongside the rear wheel. Whichever method you choose, mounting the plate in a secure manner is simple and can often be done with a single screwdriver.

Locate the number plate holder bracket on the motorcycle. The bracket is often placed on the rear bumper or tail of the motorcycle, although newer cruisers and choppers are equipped with side-mounted plate holders.

Place the number plate onto the bracket, aligning the mounting holes on the plate with the holes on the bracket.

Insert a bolt into each hole on the number plate, passing it through the bracket.

Screw a Nylock nut onto each bolt and tighten with a screwdriver.


To avoid problems with law enforcement, ensure that the number plate is clearly visible and legible from a short distance if you are mounting your number plate on an aftermarket number plate bracket.

Things You'll Need

  • Number plate
  • Nylock nuts and bolts
  • Screwdriver
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An avid motorcyclist, Chris Gilliland has immersed himself into the two-wheeled world while balancing work life and raising three daughters. When he is not managing the parts department of a local, multi-line motorcycle dealership, Gilliland can often be found riding, writing or working on his motorcycle blog, Wingman's Garage.