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Kentucky 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 Kentucky.

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

Kentucky Moped Laws for <50cc Scooters

In order to ride a moped legally in Kentucky, 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 Kentucky, mopeds are defined as:

  • Having an engine capable of no more than 2 brake hp. 
  • An engine displacement of not more than 50cc. 
  • An automatic or clutchless transmission. 
  • A top speed of no faster than 30 mph. 

Mopeds also require:

  • The operator has a valid license, moped license, or permit. 
  • At least 1 headlight.
  • A taillight or red reflector. 
  • A horn or bell. 
  • Turn signals. 

Mopeds cannot be driving on limited access highways, interstates, or roads with speeds over 30 mph. 

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

Learn about the differences between scooters vs. mopeds

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

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

How to Get a Kentucky Moped License

To apply for a moped license, you’ll usually need to:

  • Visit your local KY driver’s license office. 
  • Complete a moped license application. 
  • Pass a general knowledge test. 
  • Pass a vision test. 
  • Pay the license fee. 

Learn how to get your Kentucky motorcycle license

Kentucky Moped Registration & Insurance

You generally do not need registration and insurance to operate a moped in Kentucky. 

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

Regardless of the Kentucky 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 Kentucky DMV office.  

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