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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 Illinois.
If you already have a valid Illinois motorcycle license, you’ll definitely be ready to ride a moped or <50cc scooter. In fact, that’s typically the safest route to go.
Illinois Moped Laws for <50cc Scooters
In order to ride a moped legally in Illinois, 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.
The Illinois SOS defines a moped as:
- Having a top speed between 20 to 30 mph.
- Having a motor that produces no more than 2 brake hp.
- Having an engine no larger than 50cc.
- Having an automatic transmission without the need to shift gears.
The bike must meet all 4 criteria to be considered a moped, otherwise it would be considered a Class L motor-driven cycle.
For a complete list of rules and regulations regarding mopeds in Illinois, contact your local DMV office.
Learn about the differences between scooters vs. mopeds.
Do you need a license to drive a moped in Illinois?
In Illinois, you will generally need a standard driver’s license to legally ride a moped on public roads.
How to Get a Illinois Moped License
Since Illinois requires a driver’s license to ride a moped, you’ll usually need to:
- Visit the IL SOS.
- Complete a driver’s license application.
- Pass the required tests.
- Pay the licensing fees.
Learn how to get your Illinois motorcycle license.
Illinois Moped Registration & Insurance
Street-legal mopeds should be titled and registered. You should also carry a valid motorcycle insurance policy.
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Many of the major motorcycle insurance providers will also offer coverage for smaller bikes, scooters, and mopeds.
Regardless of the Illinois 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 Illinois DMV office.
Find more information about scooter and mopeds here.