No, a dealer cannot issue a COO to anyone other than the original owner of the brand new bike. They often cannot even re-issue a COO to the original owner after the original has been lost. I guarantee the original owner of your bike got the COO when he bought it new. All new motorcycles that are not titled by the dealer come with a COO. He must have lost it or forgot about it. They're fairly unremarkable looking pieces of paper. Not to be a downer, but you aren't going to get a COO for your bike unless the original owner finds it. If you want to register in Vermont, you'll have to wait until the bike is 15 years old. I'm not familiar with N.C. laws, but some states have a process to obtain titles for dirt bikes. They're branded with "off road vehicle" or "do not register" or some such marking. That might* be good enough proof of ownership for Vermont or you may be able to convert such a title to be register able by passing some sort of enhanced inspection in your own state? Title conversion process differ from state to state ad I'm not familiar with N.C. Make sure you know what you're doing before you go the "off road vehicle" title route though, once that's in the system some states will refuse to ever register it or make it road legal. There are ways, it just depends on the state.