Moped Laws: United States

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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 transportation website but the following are likely to be more useful as some states make it hard to find moped related information.


  • A valid class 1 license is needed
  • Moped must be 50cc or under
  • Mopeds are not titled, but must be registered
    • A notarized bill of sale and MVD inspection is required for registration


  • Engine may not exceed 50 cubic centimeters.
  • Engine may not exceed 1.5 brake horsepower rating.
  • Operable pedals required.
  • Automatic transmission required.
  • Design speed may not be more than 25 miles per hour.
  • Does not require inspection.
  • Moped plate issued.
  • Annual registration fee is $9.00.
  • No helmet or eye protection required for driver.
  • Class C(car)required on Driver’s License.
  • An electric motor-driven-cycle equipped with operable pedals and powered by an electric battery is defined as a moped also.

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