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Hawaii Moped License & Registration (50cc Scooters)


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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 Hawaii.

If you already have a valid Hawaii motorcycle license, you’ll definitely be ready to ride a moped or <50cc scooter. In fact, that’s typically the safest route to go. 

Hawaii Moped Laws for <50cc Scooters

In order to ride a moped legally in Hawaii, 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 Hawaii, the definition of a moped is a device with 2 or 3 wheels with an engine no more than 2hp or 1,492 watts, less than 50cc, an automatic transmission, and a top speed of no faster than 30 mph. 

Riders under 18 years old must wear a helmet. 

For a complete list of rules and regulations regarding mopeds in Hawaii, contact your local DMV office. 

Learn about the differences between scooters vs. mopeds

Do you need a license to drive a moped in Hawaii?

In Hawaii, you will generally need a valid driver’s license to legally ride a moped on public roads. 

How to Get a Hawaii Moped License

Since Hawaii requires a driver’s license to ride a moped, you’ll usually need to:

  • Visit your local county DMV. 
  • Submit an application and proof of ID. 
  • Pass the required licensing tests. 
  • Pay the licensing fees. 

Learn how to get your Hawaii motorcycle license

Hawaii Moped Registration & Insurance

You will still be required to register your moped with your local county DMV office and complete an annual safety check. 

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Many of the major motorcycle insurance providers will also offer coverage for smaller bikes, scooters, and mopeds. 

Regardless of the Hawaii 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 Hawaii DMV office.  

Find more information about scooter and mopeds here. 

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