There is not a standard serial number for bicycles. An ideal system would identify the make, model, the model year, and a unique number. Currently, there is no central database to check bicycle registration. With the Internet, a nationwide bicycle registration system could work. Visit the National Bike Registry website.
Specifics About the National Bicycle Registration Program
You can register online or by telephone
The cost is $10 for 10-year coverage for an individual bike
You will receive a Certificate of Registration and a "tamper proof" label to attach to the bike
The bicycle serial number is written on label
NBR database can be searched by police using the serial number stamped on the bicycle
The La Porte Police Department can arrange to have your Bicycle registered locally (call 281-842-3184 and ask about bicycle registration)