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Bicycle Licenses

The Palo Alto Municipal Code (Section 10.64.010) requires residents to license their bikes before riding on City streets and public property.

A few reasons to license your bike:

Bicycling Identification. If your bike is lost or stolen, the serial number and description can be entered into the statewide system of identification, recovery and notification.

Recovered Bikes Returned to Owners. Bicycles that are licensed have a much greater chance of being returned to you if they are lost or stolen and then recovered.

Identification of Rider. In the event of a traffic accident, licensing can aid in identifying the rider. This is especially helpful in identifying children, who typically carry no form of identification.

Licenses may be applied for at any Palo Alto Fire Station between 4 and 5 p.m., 7 days a week. You must bring your bike. Also, many local bike shops can issue a bicycle license when you purchase a new bicycle.  

University Park Station, 301 Alma Street
Rinconada Station, 799 Embarcadero 
Mitchell Park Station, 3600 Middlefield Road 
Mayfield Station, 2675 Hanover Street
Arastradero Station, 600 Arastradero Road  

For further information, contact Fire Administration at (650) 329-2184