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New Mexico 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 New Mexico.

If you already have a valid New Mexico 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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New Mexico Moped Laws for <50cc Scooters

In order to ride a moped legally in New Mexico, 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. 

New Mexico defines mopeds has 2-3 wheel vehicles with automatic transmissions, an engine of less than 50cc, and a top speed of no more than 30 mph. 

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

Learn about the differences between scooters vs. mopeds

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

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

How to Get a New Mexico Moped License

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

  • Visit your local MVD office. 
  • Submit an application. 
  • Provide proof of your identity. 
  • Pass a written and road test. 
  • Pass a vision test. 
  • Pay the licensing fees.

Learn how to get your New Mexico motorcycle license

New Mexico Moped Registration & Insurance

New Mexico MVD does not title or register mopeds. 

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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 Mexico 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 Mexico DMV office.  

Find more information about scooter and mopeds here. 

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