Am I required to register a Vespa?

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Vespa Scooter Registration

The recent rise of scooter popularity has prompted many states to adopt scooter legislation, with the crux of these laws focusing on classification - is it a moped or a motorcycle? Using motor size as the defining criteria, most Vespa scooter models are classified as motorcycles based on the fact their engines exceed 50 cc. And under state rules, all motorcycles must be registered. 

But before you rush out to complete a vehicle registration application, check with your DMV. If you own a Vespa scooter with a 49 cc engine or less, there's a chance you won't be bound to registration rules. It will depend whether or not your state requires mopeds to be registered.

 
Yes No
Alabama
x
Alaska
x
Arizona
x
All registrations expire annually on October 31.
Arkansas
x
California
x
Colorado
x
Connecticut
x
Delaware
x
Florida
x
Georgia
x
Hawaii
x
Idaho
x
Illinois
x
Indiana
x
Iowa
x
Kansas
x
Kentucky
x
Louisiana
x
Maine
x
Exempt from registration if engine size doesn't exceed 50 cc.
Maryland
x
Exempt from registration if engine size doesn't exceed 50 cc.
Massachusetts
x
Exempt from registration if engine size doesn't exceed 50 cc.
Michigan
x
Minnesota
x
Mississippi
x
Exempt from registration if engine size doesn't exceed 50 cc.
Missouri
x
Montana
x
Nebraska
x
Nevada
x
Exempt from registration if engine size doesn't exceed 50 cc.
New Hampshire
x
New Jersey
x
New Mexico
x
Exempt from registration if engine size doesn't exceed 50 cc.
New York
x
North Carolina
x
Exempt from registration if engine size doesn't exceed 50 cc.
North Dakota
x
Ohio
x
Oklahoma
x
Oregon
x
Pennsylvania
x
Rhode Island
x
South Carolina
x
South Dakota
x
Tennessee
x
Texas
x
Yearly inspection required.
Utah
x
Exempt from registration if engine size doesn't exceed 50 cc.
Vermont
x
Virginia
x
Exempt from registration if engine size doesn't exceed 50 cc.
Washington
x
West Virginia
x
Wisconsin
x
Wyoming
x
Washington DC
x

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