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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 Louisiana.
If you already have a valid Louisiana motorcycle license, you’ll definitely be ready to ride a moped or <50cc scooter. In fact, that’s typically the safest route to go.
Louisiana Moped Laws for <50cc Scooters
In order to ride a moped legally in Louisiana, 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 Louisiana OMV defines mopeds as motor-driven cycles or motorized bicycles.
Motor-driven cycles include every motorcycle with a motor with no more than 5 hp.
A motorized bicycle is defined as:
- A vehicle with pedals, a helper motor, or both.
- Being equipped with a motor with no more than 1.5 hp.
- Having an engine size of no more than 50cc.
- Having an automatic transmission.
- Having a top speed of no faster than 25 mph.
Riders must obey all traffic laws, avoid highways/interstates, and wear approved eye protection and a helmet.
For a complete list of rules and regulations regarding mopeds in Louisiana, contact your local DMV office.
Learn about the differences between scooters vs. mopeds.
Do you need a license to drive a moped in Louisiana?
In Louisiana, you will generally need a valid driver’s license with a motorcycle endorsement to legally ride a moped on public roads.
How to Get a Louisiana Moped License
Since Louisiana requires a license and motorcycle endorsement to ride a moped, you’ll usually need to:
- Visit your local OMV office.
- Submit an application.
- Pass a knowledge test.
- Take a motorcycle safety course or pass a skills test.
- Pay the licensing fees.
Learn how to get your Louisiana motorcycle license.
Louisiana Moped Registration & Insurance
In Louisiana, you’ll need to register and title your moped.
You’ll also need to carry a valid 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 Louisiana 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 Louisiana DMV office.
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