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South Dakota 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 South Dakota.

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

South Dakota Moped Laws for <50cc Scooters

In order to ride a moped legally in South Dakota, 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 South Dakota, mopeds are defined as having the following features:

  • 2 or 3 wheels. 
  • A maximum engine size of 50cc. 
  • A clutchless, automatic transmission that doesn’t require the operator to shift. 

All moped riders must wear a helmet if they are younger than 18 years old. 

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

Learn about the differences between scooters vs. mopeds

Do you need a license to drive a moped in South Dakota?

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

How to Get a South Dakota Moped License

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

  • Visit your local DPS office. 
  • Complete a driver’s license application. 
  • Submit proof of your identity, residency, and legal presence. 
  • Pass the necessary driver’s license tests. 
  • Pay the licensing fees.

Learn how to get your South Dakota motorcycle license

South Dakota Moped Registration & Insurance

In South Dakota, mopeds must be titled and licensed. 

You’ll need to provide proof of sales tax paid when registering your moped. 

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

Regardless of the South Dakota 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 South Dakota DMV office.  

Find more information about scooter and mopeds here. 

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