The minimum age to legally ride a moped varies slightly from state to state.
In most states, moped riders must be at least 14 to 16 years old with a valid:
- Moped permit.
- Learner’s permit.
- Intermediate driver’s license.
- Full driver’s license.
If the rider is under 18 years old, they will often need to have completed driver’s education and/or a rider training course. For more information or questions specific to your state, be sure to visit your state’s official DMV website.
Remember, moped laws typically only apply to 2-3 wheel vehicles with:
- An engine size of no more than 49cc.
- A top speed of no more than 30mph.
Additionally, moped riders will generally need to:
- Wear a DOT-approved helmet.
- Wear proper motorcycle protective gear.
- Abide by any moped registration and insurance requirements.
- Not ride on the sidewalk.
- Avoid roadways with a posted speed limit above 30mph.
- Not ride on the freeway.
- Obey all traffic laws.
Do you need a motorcycle license to drive a 50cc scooter?
In many states, you are not required to hold a motorcycle endorsement in order to ride a moped.
The general requirement is that you’ll need to hold a valid, standard driver’s license.
For more information, check out our guide on moped license requirements.
For scooters with an engine larger than 50cc and a top speed of over 30 mph, you will typically need to get your full motorcycle license.