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Vermont 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 Vermont.

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

Vermont Moped Laws for <50cc Scooters

In order to ride a moped legally in Vermont, 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 Vermont, mopeds or motor-driven cycles are defined as the following:

  • 2 or 3 wheels. 
  • 50cc or smaller engine. 
  • Top speed of no more than 30 mph. 
  • Automatic transmission with no shifting. 
  • May or may not have pedals. 

If the vehicle does not meet those criteria, it will be treated like a motorcycle for registration, title, and licensing purposes. 

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

Learn about the differences between scooters vs. mopeds

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

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

How to Get a Vermont Moped License

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

  • Visit your local DMV office. 
  • Provide a completed application and proof of identity. 
  • Pass the necessary tests. 
  • Pay the license fee.

Learn how to get your Vermont motorcycle license

Vermont Moped Registration & Insurance

You will need to register and get a license plate for your moped in Vermont. 

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

Regardless of the Vermont 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 Vermont DMV office.  

Find more information about scooter and mopeds here. 

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