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Washington 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 Washington.

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

Washington Moped Laws for <50cc Scooters

In order to ride a moped legally in Washington, 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. 

To qualify as a moped, the bike must:

  • Have 2-3 wheels. 
  • Have an engine no larger than 50cc and no more than 2 brake hp. 
  • Have a top speed no faster than 30 mph. 
  • Meet all federal safety requirements for motor-driven cycles. 

Riders must wear DOT-approved motorcycle helmets and eye protection at all times. 

Mopeds are prohibited from sidewalks, bike paths, horse trails, hiking trails, and highways. 

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

Learn about the differences between scooters vs. mopeds

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

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

How to Get a Washington Moped License

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

  • Visit your local DOL office. 
  • Complete an application. 
  • Provide proof of your identity. 
  • Pass the necessary tests. 
  • Pay the license fee.

Learn how to get your Washington motorcycle license

Washington Moped Registration & Insurance

In Washington you are required to register your moped and display a license plate when riding on public roads. 

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

Regardless of the Washington 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 Washington DMV office.  

Find more information about scooter and mopeds here. 

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