No idea where to start? Don't worry. After hours on the phone to various bureaus and some serious investigating, we’ve created a how-to guide to help you register your bike.
The good news: the process is relatively pain-free. The bad news: registering requires documents most e-bike owners don't have, and any bike more powerful than a gnat fart is technically illegal so can't be registered.
How to register an e-bike
Like most forms of bureaucracy in China, registering an e-bike comes with all sort of hurdles and hoops you'll need to jump through – but with the correct paperwork, and a spot of luck, it can be done.
First of all, according to Beijing's e-bike registration centres, an e-bike must be equipped with two pedals to be classed as an e-bike.
If your e-bike doesn't have pedals, you won't be able to register it
Provided you didn't fall at the first hurdle, here's what you'll need
- ID card/passport and photocopies – if you’re a foreigner, you'll need to take your temporary residency registration (that small piece of white paper you get from your local cop shop).
- Original and photocopy of the fapiao – an official invoice issued by the Chinese Tax Bureau, which should be provided by the seller.
- Original and photocopy of the quality certificate of your e-bike.
When you've upturned your entire flat to hunt down the necessary documents, you'll need to take your bike to one of the following registration stations (open 8.30am-8pm Mon-Fri; 9am-4pm Sat-Sun).
1-4 Douban Hutong, off Chaoyangmennei Dajie (6551 6568).
26 Minzhu Bei Jie, Yongdingmenwai (8724 4501).
303 Zhaodengyu Lu (6839 9206).
33 Honglian Nan Lu (6839 9472).
Jingguang Qiao (6839 9516).
9 Fuolin Lu (6481 2385).
99 Xibeiwang Houchangcun Lu (6255 3336).
10 Shunping Xi Lu (6942 1794).
Once you've tracked down a centre, you'll need to fill out a registration form on arrival – available in Chinese only.
The processing time takes about one working day and costs 10RMB.