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Minnesota 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 Minnesota.

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

Minnesota Moped Laws for <50cc Scooters

In order to ride a moped legally in Minnesota, 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 Minnesota, mopeds are defined as having all of the following characteristics:

  • An engine displacement of 50cc or less. 
  • A maximum of 2 hp. 
  • A max speed to 30 mph on a flat surface. 

Moped riders and passengers under 18 must wear a helmet while riding. 

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

Learn about the differences between scooters vs. mopeds

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

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

How to Get a Minnesota Moped License

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

  • Visit your local DVS office. 
  • Submit an application and provide proof of ID. 
  • Pass a vision test. 
  • Pass a knowledge exam. 
  • Complete a moped safety course. 
  • Pass a moped skills test.
  • Pay the licensing fees.

Learn how to get your Minnesota motorcycle license

Minnesota Moped Registration & Insurance

Mopeds must be registered and insured to legally ride on public roads. 

Moped decals must be renewed each year. 

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

Regardless of the Minnesota 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 Minnesota DMV office.  

Find more information about scooter and mopeds here. 

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