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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 Connecticut.
If you already have a valid Connecticut motorcycle license, you’ll definitely be ready to ride a moped or <50cc scooter. In fact, that’s typically the safest route to go.
Connecticut Moped Laws for <50cc Scooters
In order to ride a moped legally in Connecticut, 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 Connecticut, mopeds fall into the vehicle category of motor driven cycles, which are defined as:
- Having an engine size of less than 50cc.
- Having a seat height of at least 26”.
- Capable of no more than 30 mph.
If you ride a moped on a road with a maximum speed limit higher than the top speed of your moped, you’ll need to either ride in the right lane or on a usable shoulder.
For a complete list of rules and regulations regarding mopeds in Connecticut, contact your local DMV office.
Learn about the differences between scooters vs. mopeds.
Do you need a license to drive a moped in Connecticut?
In Connecticut, you will generally need a standard driver’s license to legally ride a moped on public roads.
How to Get a Connecticut Moped License
Since Connecticut requires a standard driver’s license to ride a moped, you’ll usually need to:
- Visit the DMV.
- Submit an application and provide proof of ID.
- Pass an eye exam.
- Pass the written test.
- Pass the road test.
- Pay the license fees.
Learn how to get your Connecticut motorcycle license.
Connecticut Moped Registration & Insurance
Mopeds can be driven without registration and 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 Connecticut 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 Connecticut DMV office.
Find more information about scooter and mopeds here.