Bicycle Licenses

Per City Of Lorain codified ordinance 373.12, "No person who resides within this City shall ride a bicycle on any street or upon any public path set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles unless such bicycle has been licensed and a license sticker is attached thereto as provided herein."

General Information

  • Application for a bicycle license shall be made upon a form provided by the City to the City Auditor.
  • A license fee of $3 shall be paid to the City before each license is granted.
  • The license is good for the life of the bicycle or for the time that you own it.
  • You must have the serial number of the bicycle and your social security number to get a license.
  • A good spot to put your license would be below the seat, on the frame, where it will be protected from sun and rain.
  • Upon the sale or other transfer of a licensed bicycle the new owner shall make application to the City Auditor for a fee of $3 to have the license assigned to the new owner.
  • Whenever an original license sticker has been lost and not attached to the bicycle a duplicate shall be issued by the City Auditor for a fee of one dollar ($1).

 Bicycle Safety

  • It is always a great idea to wear a bicycle helmet, especially for young children. It can save your life!
  • Always obey traffic signals and ride on the right side of the road.
  • For more information, a list of rules and regulations is available upon request or you can view the City of Lorain's Codified Ordinances online.

 Stolen Bicycles

Common sense safety such as protecting your bike with a lock and not leaving it unattended will help in the prevention of bicycle theft. However, if you bicycle has been stolen, always make out a police report with your bicycle license number included.

Having a bicycle license allows us to keep record of your serial number along with your name so that we can easily identify whom the lost bike belongs to.