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Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania.

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

Pennsylvania Moped Laws for <50cc Scooters

In order to ride a moped legally in Pennsylvania, 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. 

The Pennsylvania DOT defines mopeds as meeting the following criteria:

  • Engine no larger than 50cc.
  • Engine not exceeding 1.5 brake hp. 
  • Operable pedals. 
  • Automatic transmission. 
  • Top speed no faster than 25 mph. 

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

Learn about the differences between scooters vs. mopeds

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

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

How to Get a Pennsylvania Moped License

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

  • Visit a driver’s license office. 
  • Submit an application with proof of your identity. 
  • Pass the required tests. 
  • Pay the licensing fees.

Learn how to get your Pennsylvania motorcycle license

Pennsylvania Moped Registration & Insurance

PennDOT requires mopeds to have registration and a license plate. 

You must also carry a current liability insurance policy. 

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

Regardless of the Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania DMV office.  

Find more information about scooter and mopeds here. 

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