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How to Get a Scooter License

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In order to legally ride a scooter on public roads, you’ll need to be sure to follow your state DMV’s licensing, registration, and insurance requirements. 

However, for small displacement, automatic transmission scooters, some new riders have some confusion when it comes to licensing requirements. 

While vehicle definitions vary slightly from state to state, for the most part scooters will fall into the motorcycle or motor-driven cycle category. 

Smaller scooters and mopeds with engines of under 50cc and top speeds of no more than 30mph, will typically fall into the moped or motorized bicycle category. You can learn more about moped license requirements here.

What License Do I Need for a 150cc Scooter?

In most states, a 150cc scooter will fall into the motorcycle vehicle category. 

Motorcycles are typically defined as vehicles with:

  • 2-3 wheels. 
  • An engine size of 150cc or larger. 

Motor-driven cycles may be defined as vehicles with:

  • 2-3 wheels. 
  • An engine size of 149cc or less. 

In either case, you’ll need to have a motorcycle license to operate a 150cc scooter. 

How to Get a Scooter License

The steps to getting a scooter license are the same as applying for a motorcycle license

Note that some states will break down the motorcycle endorsement by engine size depending on what type of motorcycle you train and test on. 

To apply for a scooter/motorcycle license, you’ll need to:

  • Visit your local DMV office. 
  • Complete an application for a motorcycle permit.
  • Provide proof of your ID, age, legal presence, and residency. 
  • Pass a vision exam.
  • Pass the motorcycle knowledge test. 
  • Pass the skills test or complete a rider training program. 

In most states, completing a Basic Rider Course will satisfy your motorcycle testing requirements. 

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