How Old to Ride a Moped

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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

Regardless of whether or not you need a motorcycle license, it is still a good idea to get familiar with motorcycle safety and motorcycle riding techniques