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New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire.

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

New Hampshire Moped Laws for <50cc Scooters

In order to ride a moped legally in New Hampshire, 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 New Hampshire, a moped is defined as meeting all of the following:

  • Automatic transmission with no need to shift gears. 
  • An engine no larger than 50cc and 2hp. 
  • A top speed of no more than 30 mph. 

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

Learn about the differences between scooters vs. mopeds

Do you need a license to drive a moped in New Hampshire?

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

How to Get a New Hampshire Moped License

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

  • Visit your local DMV office. 
  • Submit an application. 
  • Provide proof of your identity. 
  • Pass the necessary exams. 
  • Pay the licensing fee.

Learn how to get your New Hampshire motorcycle license

New Hampshire Moped Registration & Insurance

You’ll also need to register your moped with the NH Department of Motor Vehicles. 

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

Regardless of the New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire DMV office.  

Find more information about scooter and mopeds here. 

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