State & Local Scooter Laws
Here are few rules of thumb (although not inclusive) for riding scooters in the USA.
GENERAL RULES OF THUMB FOR SCOOTERS AND MOPEDS
Please remember, although these rules of thumb may in-fact be the laws in your state and in many cases they are, we suggest you do your own homework. You may find that the laws may differ between a Moped and a Scooter.
- Persons riding Mopeds or Scooters have the same rights and duties as drivers of motor vehicles.
- Moped and Scooter riders will receive citations for traffic violations.
- You must be 16 years of age or older to operate a Moped or Scooter on a public road.
- Operators of a Moped or Scooter must have the minimum of a class E license. (In some states a 49cc or smaller vehicle requires no license although you may need a tag)
- Your Moped or Scooter must be registered annually and a tag purchased.
- Mopeds and Scooters may not be operated on bicycle paths or footpaths.
- Moped or Scooter operators do not have to carry PIP insurance.
- Operators 16 years of age or older are not required to wear helmets.