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Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin.

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

Wisconsin Moped Laws for <50cc Scooters

In order to ride a moped legally in Wisconsin, 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 Wisconsin, mopeds are defined as having all of the following:

  • An engine no larger than 50cc (or 130cc if it also has fully operable pedals). 
  • An automatic transmission. 

All traffic laws must be obeyed when riding a moped. 

When riding on roads with two or more lanes in each direction, mopeds must be ridden on the right lane except when turning or avoiding a hazard. 

Riding on the freeway or sidewalk is not allowed. 

All mopeds must meet federal standards for emissions and safety equipment, including:

  • Brakes. 
  • Lights. 
  • Turn signals. 

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

Learn about the differences between scooters vs. mopeds

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

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

How to Get a Wisconsin Moped License

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

  • Visit your local driver’s license office. 
  • Complete an application and provide proof of ID. 
  • Pass the required vision, knowledge, and driving exams. 
  • Pay the license fee.

Learn how to get your Wisconsin motorcycle license

Wisconsin Moped Registration & Insurance

Wisconsin mopeds are required to be registered and titled. 

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

Regardless of the Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin DMV office.  

Find more information about scooter and mopeds here. 

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