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Tennessee 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 Tennessee.

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

Tennessee Moped Laws for <50cc Scooters

In order to ride a moped legally in Tennessee, 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. 

Mopeds are considered motorized-bicycles in Tennessee. These are defined as having:

  • 2-3 wheels. 
  • An automatic transmission. 
  • A motor of no more than 50cc and 2 hp. 
  • A top speed no more than 30 mph. 

In general, equipment rules that apply to motorcycles are applied to mopeds as well. 

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

Learn about the differences between scooters vs. mopeds

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

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

How to Get a Tennessee Moped License

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

  • Visit a driver’s license office. 
  • Complete an application. 
  • Provide proof of ID and residency. 
  • Pass the required licensing tests. 
  • Pay the license fee. 

Learn how to get your Tennessee motorcycle license

Tennessee Moped Registration & Insurance

Mopeds must be registered and titled in Tennessee. 

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

Regardless of the Tennessee 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 Tennessee DMV office.  

Find more information about scooter and mopeds here. 

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