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Maine 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 Maine.

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

Maine Moped Laws for <50cc Scooters

In order to ride a moped legally in Maine, 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 Maine, mopeds must meet all of the following criteria:

  • 2 to 3 wheels. 
  • Wheels larger than 10” in diameter. 
  • Engine no larger than 50cc or electric motor no greater than 1,500 watts.

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

Learn about the differences between scooters vs. mopeds

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

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

You’ll need to be at least 16 years old to ride a moped. 

How to Get a Maine Moped License

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

  • Submit an application to the BMV. 
  • Pass a vision and knowledge exam. 
  • Pass the $35 application fee.

You may or may not need to take a Basic Rider Course and pass a skills test. 

Learn how to get your Maine motorcycle license

Maine Moped Registration & Insurance

You will be required to register your moped in order to ride it on public roads. 

Annual inspections are not required. 

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

Regardless of the Maine 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 Maine DMV office.  

Find more information about scooter and mopeds here. 

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