Is a Goped street legal?

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Regardless of what you hear or read about Goped-use in your state, try to obtain a definitive answer on whether or not these moped-derivatives are street legal before riding on public roads. Unlike motorcycles, for example, where riders know of state-by-state helmet and registration and driver license rules, Goped regulations are blurry at best.

Go-Ped Regulations

The recent emergence of Gopeds as a viable means of transportation has put many state legislatures in scramble mode, trying to decide on how to define and regulate them.

As is, many states and even municipalities don't know if Gopeds should be grouped in the moped/scooter/motorcycle category or in a category of its own.

Consequently rules and regulations for street use are 37 different shades of gray, lacking any consensus other than something should be done. This can be confirmed by calling your local DMV office or police department. Three calls to three different people may yield three different answers.

The few states that have addressed Gopeds, have varying rules ranging from helmet use to drivers license requirements. Many other states currently have pending Goped bills on the legislative docket, meaning the street-legal regulations listed in the accompanying grid can change at the wrap of a gavel.

Street Legal Illegal
Alabama
x
Alaska
x
Arizona
x
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
Maryland
x
Massachusetts
x
Michigan
x
Minnesota
x
Mississippi
x
Missouri
x
Montana
x
Nebraska
x
Nevada
x
New Hampshire
x
New Jersey
x
New Mexico
x
New York
x
North Carolina
x
North Dakota
x
Ohio
x
Oklahoma
x
Oregon
x
Pennsylvania
x
Rhode Island
x
South Carolina
x
South Dakota
x
Tennessee
x
Texas
x
Utah
x
Vermont
x
Virginia
x
Riders must be at least 16 years old.
Washington
x
West Virginia
x
Wisconsin
x
Wyoming
x
Washington DC
x

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