Saskatchewan Motorcycle Inspection Program
Wednesday, 02 January 2008
Having your motorcycle inspected is to your benefit, and there is no charge for this service. Motorcycles owners typically run a much greater risk of having their motorcycles stolen than owners of other vehicles. An accurate record of motorcycle serial numbers is the goal of the program.
In this article, you'll discover:
Why is SGI concerned with keeping accurate records of motorcycle serial numbers?
An accurate record of serial numbers will discourage the sale of stolen
bikes and parts because the police will be more likely to detect anyone
who tries to register a stolen bike or use it parts.
In addition, good records:
Which motorcycles must be inspected?
- allow for more effective tracking of lost or stolen bikes
- prevent registering of non-existent vehicles
- identify registration errors
- assist with manufacturersí recalls
- help keep insurance premiums down by reducing theft
Motorcycles with an engine capacity of 474 cc or greater must have
their serial numbers inspected before they can be registered for the
first time by each new owner.
Motorcycles must also be inspected when there has been a substitution
in a component which has a serial number on it, like the frame, engine
casing or transmission.
Homebuilt motorcycles, those constructed from a variety of parts made
by different manufacturers, or parts made during different years, must
be inspected by a recognized law enforcement agency. Motorcycles which
do not display serial numbers on the frame, engine and/or transmission
must also be inspected.
When are inspections not required?
Inspections are not required if:
As well, inspections are not required for new motorcycles if you can
present the bill of sale and the New Vehicle Information Statement
(NVIS) provided to you by the dealer at the time of purchase.
- you are renewing the registration of a motorcycle which was previously registered in your name
- ownership of the motorcycle has not changed since the bike was last registered
- all the serial numbered components are the same as the last time you had the bike registered
How does the program work?
SGI claims centres and municipal police forces perform inspections.
Inspections are offered only at specified times, so itís important for
you to make an appointment. Since motorcycles are registered in April,
May and June, please call early for an appointment.
Inspection forms are available from any SGI motor licence issuer. Take
your motorcycle and inspection form with you to the inspection station.
It will take only a few minutes for the required serial numbers to be
Complete your registration or renewal
Once your motorcycle has been inspected, you can complete your
registration at your local motor licence issuing office. Make sure to
present the completed inspection form, along with the other required
What if there arenít any serial numbers?
Most motorcycles have serial numbers stamped on the frame and engine
casing. However, some may have been built without a number, or had the
frame or casing changed.
In these cases, arrangements must be made with a recognized law
enforcement agency or SGI claims centre to have a serial number placed
on the motorcycle. A serial number decal will be riveted into the
Some motorcycles are manufactured with serial numbers on a metal plate
thatís riveted to the frame. These numbers are acceptable. No new
number need be assigned.
If it isnít registered, how can I get my motorcycle to an inspection station?
Motor licence issuers in Saskatchewan will sell you a 24-hour permit so
that you can drive your motorcycle to the inspection station.
Could my motorcycle be confiscated?
A motorcycle that has been refused inspection certification cannot be
registered or renewed. Your motorcycle wonít be confiscated, but itís
unlawful to operate an unregistered vehicle. Operating an unregistered
vehicle also means you have no insurance protection.
Who can I contact for further information?
For further information regarding your inspection, contact the nearest SGI claims centre or local police.
For more information regarding the inspection program, please call
SGIís Customer Service Centre at 1-800-667-9868 or 775-6900 in Regina.
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