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Indiana Moped Laws: License & Registration for 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 Indiana.

If you think you can hop on just any moped or scooter without a license or plates, think again. The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles has a bit to say about the matter.

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

Indiana Moped Laws for <50cc Scooters

In order to ride a moped legally in Indiana, 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 Indiana BMV defines mopeds as a motor vehicle that has:

  • A seat/saddle for the rider. 
  • No more than 3 wheels. 
  • An engine no larger than 50cc (cubic centimeters). 
  • All the necessary motor vehicle equipment requirements. 
  • A top speed of no more than 35 mph.

Moped riders must be at least 15 years old. 

Riders under 18 years old must wear a helmet and eye protection

Mopeds should be ridden near the right edge of the road unless you are making a left turn. 

Riding on the highway or interstate is prohibited. 

Passengers are not allowed on mopeds. 

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

Learn about the differences between scooters vs. mopeds

Can you ride a moped in Indiana without a license?

No, you cannot ride without a license.

In Indiana, you will generally need a valid driver’s license, permit, or motor driven cycle endorsement to legally ride a moped on public roads. 

How to Get a Indiana Moped License

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

  • Visit the IN BMV. 
  • Submit a driver’s license application. 
  • Pass the vision exam.
  • Pass the written and road test. 
  • Pay the license fees.

Learn how to get your Indiana motorcycle license

Indiana Moped Registration & Insurance

Street legal mopeds must have proof of ownership and registration. Insurance is not required. 

Your moped license plates must be displayed in an easily visible location on the bike.

Motor-driven cycle registration is $26.35. 

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

Regardless of the Indiana 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 Indiana DMV office.  

Find more information about scooter and mopeds here. 

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