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Laws for legal moped usage vary by state in America. You may be able to find information on your state's [[DMV Websites|transportation website]] but the following are likely to be more useful as some states make it hard to find moped related information.
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Moped laws are divided up into separate articles by region. Don't see your state on the list? Do some research and add it!
  
== Arizona ==
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{{Moped Laws}}
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== Requirements By State ==
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This is a summary table of some of the most important points of moped state laws. Please note that blank squares mean "unknown", not "no". Also, it is assumed that the moped in question is '''under 50cc'''.
  
* A valid class 1 license is needed
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{| border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5" align="center"
* Moped must be [[50cc]] or under
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! State
* Mopeds are not titled, but must be registered
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! Driver's License
** A notarized bill of sale and MVD inspection is required for registration
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! Motorcycle Endorsement
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! Titled
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! Registration
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! Insurance
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! Helmet
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|-
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|Alabama
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|Y
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|Y
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|Y
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|Y
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|Y
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|
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|-
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|-
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|Alaska
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|Y
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|
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|
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|
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|
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|
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|-
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|-
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|Arizona
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| Y
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|
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| N
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| Y
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| Y
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|Under 18
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|-
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|-
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|Arkansas
 +
|
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|Y
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|
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|N 
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|
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|
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|-
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|-
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|California
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|Y
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|M1 or M2
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|N
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|Y
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|Y
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|Y
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|-
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|-
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|Colorado
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|Y
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|
 +
|
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|Y
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|
 +
|
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|-
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|-
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|Connecticut
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|Y
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|
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|N
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|N
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|N
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|
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|-
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|-
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|Delaware
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|Y
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|
 +
|
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|Y
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|N
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|N
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|-
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|-
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|District of Columbia
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|
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|
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|
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|
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|
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|
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|-
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|-
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|Florida
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|Y
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|
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|N
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|Y
 +
|
 +
|N
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|-
 +
|-
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|Georgia
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|Y
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|N
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|N
 +
|N
 +
|N
 +
|Y
 +
|-
 +
|-
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|Hawaii
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|Y
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|N
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|Y
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|Y
 +
|N
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|or glasses
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|-
 +
|-
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|Idaho
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|Y
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|N
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|N
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|N
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|N
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|Under 18
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|-
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|-
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|Illinois
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|Y
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|N
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|Y
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|Y
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|Y
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|N
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|-
 +
|-
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|Indiana
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|State ID or Driver License with MDC class A or B endorsement +over 15 yrs old
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|N
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|Y
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|Y
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|N
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|Under 18
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|-
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|-
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|Iowa
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|Y
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|N
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|Y
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|Y
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|
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|N
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|-
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|-
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|Kansas
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|Y <small>''(or moped-only license)''</small>
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|N
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|Y
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|Y
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|N
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|Under 18
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|-
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|-
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|Kentucky
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|
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|N
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|N
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|N
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|N
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|N
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|-
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|-
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|Louisiana
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|
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|
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|
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|
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|
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|
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|-
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|-
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|Maine
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|Y
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|
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|
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|Y
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|Y
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|
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|-
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|-
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|Maryland
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|Y / or moped permit
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|N
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|Y (10/2012)
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|N
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|Y (10/2012)
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|Y (10/2012)
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|-
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|-
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|Massachusetts
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|Y
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|Option
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|N
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|Y
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|N
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|Y
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|-
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|-
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! State
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! Driver's License
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! Motorcycle Endorsement
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! Titled
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! Registration
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! Insurance
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! Helmet
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|-
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|-
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|Michigan
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|Y
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|
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|
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|Y
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|N
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|Under 19
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|-
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|-
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|Minnesota
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|Y
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|
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|Y
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|Y
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|Y
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|Under 18
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|-
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|-
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|Mississippi
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|
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|
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|Yes for roads
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|Yes for roads
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|
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|<!--Helmet-->
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|-
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|-
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|Missouri
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|Y
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|N
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|
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|N
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|N
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|N
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|-
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|-
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|Montana
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|N
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|N
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|N
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|N
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|N
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|N
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|-
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|-
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|Nebraska
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| Y
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| N
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| N
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| N
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| N
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|<!--Helmet-->Y
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|-
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|-
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|Nevada
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|
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|
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|
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|
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|
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|<!--Helmet-->
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|-
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|-
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|New Hampshire
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|Option
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|Option
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|N
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|Y
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|N
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|N
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|-
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|-
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|New Jersey
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|Y
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|
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|Y
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|Y
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|Y
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|Y
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|-
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|-
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|New Mexico
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|Y
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|N
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|N
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|N
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|N
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|N
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|-
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|-
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|New York
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|Y
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|Over 30mph Top Speed
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|N
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|Y
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|Over 20mph Top Speed
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|Over 20mph Top Speed
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|-
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|-
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|Nevada
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|Y
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|N
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|
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|N
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|N
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|<!--Helmet-->
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|-
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|-
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|North Carolina
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|N
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|N
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|Y
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|Y
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|N
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|<!--Helmet-->Y
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|-
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|-
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|North Dakota
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|Y
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|Y
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|Y
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|Y
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|Y
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|N
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|-
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|-
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|Ohio
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|Y
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|N
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|N
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|Y
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|N
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|Under 18
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|-
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|Oklahoma
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|N
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|
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|Y
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|Y
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|Y
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|<!--Helmet-->
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|-
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|-
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|Oregon
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|Y
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|
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|
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|Y
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|Y
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|Y
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|-
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|-
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|Pennsylvania
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|Y
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|N
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|Y
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|Y
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|Y
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|N
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|-
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|-
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|Rhode Island
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|
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|
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|
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|
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|
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|<!--Helmet-->
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|-
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|-
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|South Carolina
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|Y
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|N
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|N
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|N
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|N?
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|Under 21
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|-
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|-
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|South Dakota
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|Y
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|N
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|N
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|N
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|N
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|Under 18
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|-
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|-
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|Tennessee
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|Y
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|N
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|N
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|Optional
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|N
 +
|Y
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|-
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|Texas
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|Y
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|Y
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|
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|
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|Y
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|<!--Helmet-->
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|-
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|-
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|Utah
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|
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|
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|
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|N
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|N
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|<!--Helmet-->
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|-
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|-
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|Vermont
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|Y
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|
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|
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|Y
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|Y
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|<!--Helmet-->
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|-
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|-
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|Virginia
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|Y
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| Anything  50CC or over 40mph as of 2015
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|Y
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|Y
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|Optional
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|Y
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|-
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|-
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|Washington
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|Y
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|N
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|Y
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|Y
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|N
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|Y
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|-
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|-
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|West Virginia
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|N
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|N
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|N
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|N
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|N
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|y
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|-
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|-
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|Wisconsin
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| Y
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|N
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| Y
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| Y
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| Y
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|N
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|-
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|-
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|Wyoming
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|
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|
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|
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|
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|
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|<!--Helmet-->
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|-
  
== Pennsylvania ==
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|}
  
1. Engine may not exceed 50 cubic centimeters.
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== See Also ==
2. Engine may not exceed 1.5 brake horsepower rating.
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*[[Moped Laws: Canada]]
3. Operable pedals required.
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*[[Moped Laws: Europe]]
4. Automatic transmission required.
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*[[Search by Municipality]] (find local moped-related laws)
5. Design speed may not be more than 25 miles per hour.
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[[Category:Moped laws]]
6. Does not require inspection.
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[[Category: For Newbies]]
7. Moped plate issued.
 
8. Annual registration fee is $9.00.
 
9. No helmet or eye protection required for driver.
 
10. Class C required on Driver’s License.
 
 
 
== South Dakota ==
 
 
 
* A valid class 1 license is needed
 
* Moped must be [[50cc]] or under
 
* Some form or eye protection must be worn
 
* Title, registration, insurance, and license plates are NOT required
 

Latest revision as of 11:45, 26 February 2021

Moped laws are divided up into separate articles by region. Don't see your state on the list? Do some research and add it!

U.S. Moped Laws by region
Northeast CTDEMEMANHNJNYPARIVT
South ALFLGAKYMDNCSCTNTXVA
Midwest IllinoisIowaKansasMichiganMinnesotaMissouriOhioSouth DakotaWisconsin
West ArizonaCaliforniaColoradoHawai'iMontanaNevadaNew MexicoOregonUtahWashington

Requirements By State

This is a summary table of some of the most important points of moped state laws. Please note that blank squares mean "unknown", not "no". Also, it is assumed that the moped in question is under 50cc.

State Driver's License Motorcycle Endorsement Titled Registration Insurance Helmet
Alabama Y Y Y Y Y
Alaska Y
Arizona Y N Y Y Under 18
Arkansas Y N
California Y M1 or M2 N Y Y Y
Colorado Y Y
Connecticut Y N N N
Delaware Y Y N N
District of Columbia
Florida Y N Y N
Georgia Y N N N N Y
Hawaii Y N Y Y N or glasses
Idaho Y N N N N Under 18
Illinois Y N Y Y Y N
Indiana State ID or Driver License with MDC class A or B endorsement +over 15 yrs old N Y Y N Under 18
Iowa Y N Y Y N
Kansas Y (or moped-only license) N Y Y N Under 18
Kentucky N N N N N
Louisiana
Maine Y Y Y
Maryland Y / or moped permit N Y (10/2012) N Y (10/2012) Y (10/2012)
Massachusetts Y Option N Y N Y
State Driver's License Motorcycle Endorsement Titled Registration Insurance Helmet
Michigan Y Y N Under 19
Minnesota Y Y Y Y Under 18
Mississippi Yes for roads Yes for roads
Missouri Y N N N N
Montana N N N N N N
Nebraska Y N N N N Y
Nevada
New Hampshire Option Option N Y N N
New Jersey Y Y Y Y Y
New Mexico Y N N N N N
New York Y Over 30mph Top Speed N Y Over 20mph Top Speed Over 20mph Top Speed
Nevada Y N N N
North Carolina N N Y Y N Y
North Dakota Y Y Y Y Y N
Ohio Y N N Y N Under 18
Oklahoma N Y Y Y
Oregon Y Y Y Y
Pennsylvania Y N Y Y Y N
Rhode Island
South Carolina Y N N N N? Under 21
South Dakota Y N N N N Under 18
Tennessee Y N N Optional N Y
Texas Y Y Y
Utah N N
Vermont Y Y Y
Virginia Y Anything 50CC or over 40mph as of 2015 Y Y Optional Y
Washington Y N Y Y N Y
West Virginia N N N N N y
Wisconsin Y N Y Y Y N
Wyoming

See Also