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 Montana.
If you already have a valid Montana motorcycle license, you’ll definitely be ready to ride a moped or <50cc scooter. In fact, that’s typically the safest route to go.
Montana Moped Laws for <50cc Scooters
In order to ride a moped legally in Montana, 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 Montana, mopeds are defined as:
- Having engines of less than 50cc.
- Having a maximum of 2 brake hp.
- Having a top speed of no more than 30mph.
For a complete list of rules and regulations regarding mopeds in Montana, contact your local DMV office.
Learn about the differences between scooters vs. mopeds.
Do you need a license to drive a moped in Montana?
In Montana, you will generally need a standard driver’s license to legally ride a moped on public roads.
How to Get a Montana Moped License
Since Montana requires a driver’s license to ride a moped, you’ll usually need to:
- Visit your local driver’s license office.
- Submit an application and proof of ID.
- Pass a vision test.
- Pass the written test and driving test.
- Pay the licensing fees.
Learn how to get your Montana motorcycle license.
Montana Moped Registration & Insurance
Montana requires that mopeds be titled and registered with your county treasurer’s office (unless it is equipped with pedals).
A valid motorcycle insurance policy is also required to ride on public roads.
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Many of the major motorcycle insurance providers will also offer coverage for smaller bikes, scooters, and mopeds.
Regardless of the Montana 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 Montana DMV office.
Find more information about scooter and mopeds here.