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A Four-Year Bicycle Registration costs only $10.00 and is a good way to help protect your important means of transportation, recreation and exercise!

  • If you do not have one already, you must create an account.
  • Once you login , select the Permitting tab, then select "Apply for a Permit", choose Traffic Engineering, and then choose Bicycle Registration.
  • Before applying for or renewing a bicycle registration, please make sure you have all the information listed below, it will make the process easier.
Apply for or renew a Bicycle Registration

By Mail/In-Person

You can:

  • You can register by mail with the mail-in application (PDF).
  • You can register in person at:
    City Treasurer's Office
    City-County Building
    210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Room 107
    Madison, WI 53703
  • Or, any Madison Bike Shop
Information You'll Need

Please have the following information ready to be able to complete the bicycle registration form.

  1. Renewing an Expired Registration: Enter the old bicycle registration number in the box provided (it begins with a letter, then five numbers).
  2. Serial Number: This is the most important identifying feature of your bicycle. It must be included for best results if your bicycle is stolen. This number is unique to the bicycle and is found on the bicycle's frame. See diagram to right for the most common serial number locations.
  3. Bike Diagram
  4. Manufacturer: This name should be on the front of the bicycle's head tube. Examples are Schwinn, GT, Huffy, Trek.
  5. Model: This is the secondary name for the bicycle. Examples include Varsity, Mojave, Gulch, Ironman, 730.
  6. Frame Type: Check the frame type. Note: Mountain bike and BMX are not frame types but descriptions of the type of bicycle. See Bicycle Type.
  7. Bicycle Type: Indicate the type of bicycle. If you are unsure, leave blank.
  8. Wheel Size: Indicated on the sidewall of the tire. An example of a wheel size on the tire is 27 x 1.25". Select 27 as the wheel size in this case. Mountain bikes typically have 26 inch tires, hybrids and road bikes have 700c.
  9. Other Description: Optional. Indicate any unique identifying features such as baskets or decals.
  10. Number of Speeds: Indicate number of speeds or gears on your bicycle. To find how many speeds your bicycle is, multiply the number of chainrings (by your pedals) by the number of cogs on your rear wheel. Common speeds include 16 (2 x 8) and 27 (3 x 9).
  11. Frame Size: See diagram above for more details. Measure from the top of the seat tube (not the seat or seat post) to the center of the bottom bracket (crank). Round to the nearest half-inch or centimeter. Frame sizes for an adult are typically between 14 and 23 inches, or 35 and 60 centimeters.
  12. Frame Size Measurement Units: Select Centimeters or Inches
  13. First and Second Frame Color: If the bicycle has one predominant color, write that color under "First Color" and leave "Second Frame Color" blank. If the bicycle has two colors, write the most predominant as the "First Frame Color" and the secondary color as the "Second Frame Color".

Information need for registration


Contact Bicycle Registration (608) 266-4474

Keep Us Updated

If you change your address, or sell or give away a registered bicycle, please update your information with the Bicycle Registration Program with the Transfer of Ownership/Change of Address Form (PDF).