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Missouri Moped License & Registration (50cc Scooters)

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 Missouri.

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

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Missouri Moped Laws for <50cc Scooters

In order to ride a moped legally in Missouri, 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 Missouri, a moped is defined as a motorized bicycle if it meets the following definitions:

  • No more than 3 wheels. 
  • An automatic transmission. 
  • An engine of no more than 50cc. 
  • No more than 3 gross brake horsepower. 
  • A top speed of no more than 30 mph. 

Anything that exceeds those definitions is considered a motorcycle. 

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

Learn about the differences between scooters vs. mopeds

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

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

How to Get a Missouri Moped License

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

  • Visit the DOR. 
  • Submit an application and provide proof of ID. 
  • Pass a vision, written, and road test. 
  • Pay the licensing fees.

Learn how to get your Missouri motorcycle license

Missouri Moped Registration & Insurance

Mopeds do not need to be registered with the DOR. 

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

Regardless of the Missouri 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 Missouri DMV office.  

Find more information about scooter and mopeds here. 

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