A new motor vehicle type has been defined pursuant to P.L.2016, Chapter 35, designating certain three-wheeled motor vehicles as autocycles.
What is an autocycle?
All certified autocycles must be titled and registered in New Jersey and meet all relevant federal and State regulations and safety standards.
How to title and register an autocycle
If the manufacturer does not appear on the approved list, you or your dealer must provide all of the following:
If your autocycle does not meet the minimum federal safety standards, you must contact the dealer or manufacturer.
License plates and registration for autocycles
An autocycle will be registered for the same registration fee as a motorcycle.
Operator's license requirements
A valid basic driver license is required to operate an autocycle. A motorcycle license or endorsement is not required.
Seat belt and helmet requirements for autocycles
Autocycles must have seat belts for the operator and passenger. Children who are required to be in child restraint systems are not permitted as passengers.
Although autocycles are not required to be inspected in New Jersey, it is the responsibility of the driver to make sure the autocycle is maintained free from mechanical defects and is in good operating condition. Law enforcement may cite a driver for equipment that is non-compliant or for failure to make repairs.
What you need to know
Prior to mid - 2017, autocycles were issued a motorcycle license plate. Upon renewal they will be issued an autocycle plate. If you registered an autocycle prior to mid - 2017, you will be required, upon renewal, to surrender your motorcycle plate at an MVC agency to obtain your new autocycle plate.
Customers who currently own an autocycle that is registered with the MVC may obtain an updated registration and title along with a new autocycle license plate, upon surrender of their current motorcycle plate, by going to any MVC agency. An updated registration and title and a new autocycle plate can be obtained prior to your renewal date.