How to Get a Moped License

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If you want to ride your 50cc moped on public streets, you’ll need to make sure to satisfy the licensing and registration requirements of your state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Moped laws vary slightly from state to state. 

However, for the purposes of simplification of the licensing process, we’ll define mopeds as 2-wheel vehicles without pedals that are powered by engines of less than 50cc and can travel at speeds of no more than 30mph. 

For licensing purposes, some states treat mopeds as motorcycles, while others may allow them to be driven with just a standard driver’s license. 

Some states break down their motorcycle endorsement into classes by engine CC. 

Where the full motorcycle endorsement allows the rider to ride any size motorcycle, and the lower classes restrict the rider to motorcycles or mopeds under a certain engine size. 

What is a Moped License?

A moped license allows you to ride your moped scooter on public surface streets, unless prohibited. 

Depending on the state you live in, you’ll either need:

  • A motorcycle endorsement. 
  • A standard driver’s license. 
  • A moped permit (typically available for new riders under 18 years old).

In most states, you’ll also need to be at least 16 years old. 

Each state has a slightly different definitions of a moped, but most define mopeds as:

  • A 2-3 wheeled vehicle with a seat or saddle for the rider. 
  • Having an engine of no more than 50cc. 
  • Having an automatic transmission that does not require shifting. 
  • Having a top speed of 30 mph on flat, level ground. 
  • May or may not have pedals.

What license do you need to drive a moped?

Refer to the table below to find the license laws for >50cc mopeds in each state. For official information, please visit your state DMV website. 

Depending on your state, you’ll either need to hold a valid driver’s license or a motorcycle endorsement. 

StateMinimum License for a Moped (>50cc & >30mph)
Alabama“B” restricted motorcycle license
AlaskaM2 motorcycle license
ArizonaMotorcycle endorsement
ArkansasClass M or MD license
CaliforniaM1 motorcycle license
ColoradoStandard driver’s license
ConnecticutStandard driver’s license
DelawareStandard driver’s license
FloridaStandard driver’s license
GeorgiaStandard driver’s license
HawaiiMotorcycle endorsement
IdahoStandard driver’s license
IllinoisStandard driver’s license
IndianaMotorcycle endorsement
IowaStandard driver’s license
KansasStandard driver’s license
KentuckyStandard driver’s license
LouisianaStandard driver’s license
MaineStandard driver’s license or moped permit
MarylandStandard driver’s license
MassachusettsStandard driver’s license
MichiganStandard driver’s license or moped permit
MinnesotaStandard driver’s license or moped permit
MississippiMotorcycle endorsement
MissouriMotorcycle license
MontanaStandard driver’s license
NebraskaStandard driver’s license
NevadaStandard driver’s license
New HampshireStandard driver’s license or moped permit
New JerseyStandard driver’s license
New MexicoStandard driver’s license
New YorkStandard driver’s license
North CarolinaBe at least 16 years old
North DakotaStandard driver’s license or moped permit
OhioStandard driver’s license
OklahomaStandard driver’s license
OregonStandard driver’s license
PennsylvaniaStandard driver’s license
Rhode IslandStandard driver’s license
South CarolinaStandard driver’s license or motorcycle endorsement
South DakotaStandard driver’s license
TennesseeStandard driver’s license
TexasStandard driver’s license
UtahMotorcycle license
VermontStandard driver’s license
VirginiaMust carry a government issued ID card while riding
WashingtonStandard driver’s license
Washington DCStandard driver’s license
West VirginiaStandard driver’s license
WisconsinStandard driver’s license or moped permit
WyomingStandard driver’s license

How to Get a Moped License

Where a specific moped license is required, the application process is basically the same as getting a motorcycle license.

Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  • Visit your local DMV office. 
  • Complete a new motorcycle/moped license application. 
  • Provide proof of your identity, age, legal presence, and residency. 
  • Pass a vision exam. 
  • Pass a written motorcycle test. 
  • Pass a skills test or complete an approved rider training course
  • Pay the application fees.