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Bicycle Security and Licensing

A bicycle can be stolen from just about any place, but simple precautions can deter would-be bike thieves.  Remember, most bikes that are stolen were not locked!

  • Always lock you bicycle securely whether you’re gone for a few minutes or a few hours.  Use a U-lock, securing both wheels and the frame to a stationary object such as a post, fence, tree, or bike rack. For extra security, add a chain or cable with a good padlock.

  • When your bike is at home, keep it in a locked garage or room. Do not leave it in the yard or driveway.

  • Record the serial number of your bicycle and keep it with the sale receipt and a photograph of the bike.

  • Mark your bicycle with an engraver to deter thieves and to help the police in identifying and returning a stolen bike to the rightful owner. Use a unique number such as your California Driver's License number.

  • License your bike with the Irvine Police Department.

Licensing is the law* and is free to Irvine citizens

The Irvine Municipal Code requires Irvine residents to license bicycles operated within the City of Irvine. An application can be completed online HERE or in person at:

Irvine Police Department
1 Civic Center Plaza
Irvine, CA 92606-5208

You will receive your free license in the mail or at the time you bring in your application. Place the license on a clean part of the bike that cannot be removed (frame).

*California Vehicle Code (CVC) 39002
CVC 39002 allows local authorities to implement mandatory licensing for bicycles and prohibit unlicensed riding.

39002. (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.

     —California Department of Motor Vehicles, CVC 39002, Registration and Licensing of Bicycles