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If you’ve got a short commute or need a fun, convenient way to get around town, mopeds are an excellent choice.
They’re easy to ride, have great gas mileage, and are affordable to purchase and maintain.
This page will cover the basic requirements for riding a moped in Alaska.
If you already have a valid Alaska motorcycle license, you’ll definitely be ready to ride a moped or <50cc scooter. In fact, that’s typically the safest route to go.
Alaska Moped Laws for <50cc Scooters
In order to ride a moped legally in Alaska, you’ll need to be sure to follow the rules and regulations. Failing to do so could result in traffic tickets, fines, or a suspended license.
In Alaska, mopeds are defined as a motor-driven cycle with an engine displacement of less than 50cc.
Riders under 18 and all passengers must be wearing a motorcycle helmet while riding a moped.
For a complete list of rules and regulations regarding mopeds in Alaska, contact your local DMV office.
Learn about the differences between scooters vs. mopeds.
Do you need a license to drive a moped in Alaska?
In Alaska, you will generally need a M2 motorcycle license or a standard driver’s license to legally ride a moped on public roads.
If the rider is 14 or 15 years old, they’ll need to apply for a engine displacement-restricted M2 motorcycle license.
Otherwise, a moped with an engine of less than 50cc can be driven with a standard driver’s license.
How to Get a Alaska Moped License
Since Alaska requires a standard license or M2 motorcycle license to ride a moped, you’ll usually need to:
- Visit the DMV.
- Submit an application.
- Provide proof of your identity, residency, and Social Security number.
- Have parental consent, if applicable.
- Pass a written exam for your standard driver’s license and motorcycle endorsement, if applicable.
- Pass a vision test.
- Pass the road test or complete an approved Motorcycle Safety Course.
- Pay the licensing fees.
Learn how to get your Alaska motorcycle license.
Alaska Moped Registration & Insurance
For registration, title, and insurance purposes, mopeds and small-displacement scooters are generally treated like motorcycles in Alaska.
You’ll need to visit the DMV and present proof of ownership to get a title and license plates.
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Many of the major motorcycle insurance providers will also offer coverage for smaller bikes, scooters, and mopeds.
Regardless of the Alaska requirements, it’s always a smart idea to have insurance coverage when you ride any type of vehicle on public roads.
Be sure to compare quotes from a few different providers to get the best rates.
Learn more about moped insurance.
Note that some cities and local jurisdictions may have additional regulations for moped riders. (i.e. roadway restrictions, registration requirements, etc.). Be sure to check with your local Department of Motor Vehicles/authorities to make sure you and your moped are street legal.
For official information, up-to-date fees, and instructions, please contact your local county Alaska DMV office.
Find more information about scooter and mopeds here.