Division 16.7. Registration And Licensing Of Bicycles of California Vehicle Code >> Division 16.7.
"Bicycle", for the purposes of this division, means any
device upon which a person may ride, which is propelled by human
power through a system of belts, chains, or gears having either two
or three wheels (one of which is at least 20 inches in diameter) or
having a frame size of at least 14 inches, or having four or more
(a) The department shall procure and distribute bicycle
license indicia and registration forms to all counties and cities
which have adopted a bicycle licensing ordinance or resolution. Those
counties and cities shall issue the indicia and registration form to
the owner of any new bicycle, and may, upon request of the owner,
issue an indicia and registration form to the owner of any bicycle
which complies with Section 39007.
The department shall charge and collect a fee, not to exceed the
cost of procuring and distributing the license indicia and
registration form, for each bicycle license indicia and registration
form issued. All fees collected pursuant to this section shall be
deposited in the Motor Vehicle Account in the State Transportation
Fund. Those fees are hereby continuously appropriated from the
account for use by the department to defray costs to procure and
distribute the bicycle license indicia and registration forms.
(b) The director shall design the bicycle license indicia and
registration form described in subdivision (a), and shall establish
procedures for the distribution of the indicia and registration form
to counties and cities. The indicia shall be adhesive, durable,
flexible, and of a size to permit it to be affixed to the front of
the seat tube of the bicycle frame. Each indicia shall bear a unique
license number and shall be permanently assigned to a bicycle. Each
registration form shall comply with Section 39005.
(c) Bicycle licenses shall be renewed uniformly throughout the
state on January 1 of the third year following the year of
registration. Renewal of a bicycle license shall be indicated by a
supplementary adhesive device affixed parallel to, and above or
below, the indicia, with the expiration date showing.
(a) A city or county, which adopts a bicycle licensing
ordinance or resolution, may provide in the ordinance or resolution
that no resident shall operate any bicycle, as specified in the
ordinance, on any street, road, highway, or other public property
within the jurisdiction of the city or county, as the case may be,
unless the bicycle is licensed in accordance with this division.
(b) It is unlawful for any person to tamper with, destroy,
mutilate, or alter any license indicia or registration form, or to
remove, alter, or mutilate the serial number, or the identifying
marks of a licensing agency's identifying symbol, on any bicycle
frame licensed under this division.
If a city or county has or adopts a bicycle licensing
ordinance or resolution, indicia and a copy of the registration form
obtained from the department shall be issued to the owner by the city
or county or other licensing agency designated by it.
Each licensing agency, by ordinance or resolution, may adopt
rules and regulations for the collection of license fees. Revenues
from license fees shall be retained by the licensing city or county
and shall be used for the support of such bicycle ordinance or
resolution, and may be used to reimburse retailers for services
rendered. In addition, fees collected shall be used to improve
bicycle safety programs and establish bicycle facilities, including
bicycle paths and lanes, within the limits of the jurisdiction.
The fees required to be paid pursuant to this division are as
(a) For each new bicycle license and registration certificate, the
sum shall not exceed four dollars ($4) per year or any portion
(b) For each transfer of registration certificate, the sum shall
not exceed two dollars ($2).
(c) For each replacement of a bicycle license or registration
certificate, the sum shall not exceed two dollars ($2).
(d) For each bicycle license renewal, the sum shall not exceed two
dollars ($2) per year.
Cities and counties having a bicycle licensing ordinance or
resolution shall maintain records of each bicycle registered. Such
records shall include, but not be limited to, the license number, the
serial number of the bicycle, the make and type, of the bicycle, and
the name and address of the licensee.
Records shall be maintained by the licensing agency during the
period of validity of the license or until notification that the
bicycle is no longer to be operated.
(a) Each bicycle retailer and each bicycle dealer shall
supply to each purchaser a preregistration form provided by the
licensing agency and shall include, on the sales check or receipt
given to the purchaser, a record of the following information: name
of retailer, address of retailer, year and make of the bicycle,
serial number of the bicycle if delivered to the purchaser in an
assembled state, general description of the bicycle, name of
purchaser, and address of purchaser. A copy of the preregistration
form shall be filled out and forwarded by the purchaser to the
appropriate licensing agency within 10 days from the date of sale.
(b) For the purposes of this division, a bicycle dealer is any
person who sells, gives away, buys, or takes in trade for the purpose
of resale, more than five bicycles in any one calendar year, whether
or not such bicycles are owned by such person. "Bicycle dealer" also
includes agents or employees of such person.
After December 31, 1976, no bicycle retailer shall sell any
new bicycle in this state unless such bicycle has legibly and
permanently stamped or cast on its frame a serial number, no less
than one-eighth inch in size, and unique to the particular bicycle of
each manufacturer. The serial number only shall be stamped or cast
in the head of the frame, either side of the seat tube, the toeplate,
or the bottom sprocket (crank) housing.
(a) Whenever any person sells or otherwise disposes of a
bicycle, he shall endorse upon the registration certificate
previously issued for such bicycle a written transfer of same,
setting forth the name, address, telephone number of the transferee,
date of transfer, and signature of the transferrer, and shall deliver
the registration certificate, so endorsed, to the licensing agency
within 10 days.
(b) Any person who purchases or otherwise acquires possession of a
bicycle shall, within 10 days of taking possession, apply for the
transfer of license to his own name. Cities and counties may
establish rules and regulations to govern and enforce the provisions
of this section.
(a) Whenever the owner of a bicycle licensed pursuant to an
ordinance or resolution of a city or county changes his address, he
shall within 10 days notify the appropriate licensing agency of the
old and new address.
(b) In the event that any bicycle license indicia or registration
form issued pursuant to the provisions of this division is lost,
stolen, or mutilated, the licensee of such bicycle shall immediately
notify the licensing agency, and, within 10 days after such
notification, shall apply to the licensing agency for a duplicate
license indicia or registration form. Thereupon, the licensing agency
shall issue to such licensee a replacement indicia or registration
form upon payment to the licensing agency of the appropriate fee.
No fine imposed for any violation of an ordinance or
resolution, which is adopted pursuant to this division, shall exceed
ten dollars ($10).