Do scooters and mopeds require vehicle registration?

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Classifying and Registering Mopeds and Scooters

With motorcycles, it’s pretty easy. You register your bike and take off on your merry motorcycle riding way.

However, car registration for mopeds and scooters is an extremely gray issue. If you're the owner of a scooter or a moped, check with at least two different DMV agents in your state for how to register your bike. Even DMV agents have difficulty pinpointing whether a moped or scooter requires motorcycle registration, vehicle registration or registration at all.
 
When it comes to classifying bikes as scooters, mopeds, or even motorcycles, engine size is often the determining factor. To further cloudy the situation, some states have different scooter categories with different registration requirements.

Note, though, that if your moped or scooter is classified as a motorcycle you'll face higher registration fees.

Don't rely on a scooter or moped dealer for your state's registration requirements. Contact your DMV. And when you receive an answer call another DMV agent to confirm. Or better yet, confirm with your local police department as they're the ones who will be monitoring you.

Moped Registration Required Scooter Registration Required
Alabama
x
x
Alaska
x
x
Arizona
x
x
Arkansas
x
x
California
x
x
Colorado
x
x
Connecticut
x
Delaware
x
x
Not all scooters require registration.
Florida
x
x
Georgia
x
Hawaii
x
x
Idaho
x
x
Illinois
x
x
Indiana
x
x
Iowa
x
Kansas
x
x
Kentucky
x
Louisiana
x
x
Maine
x
Maryland Registration only required if engine exceeds 70 cc.
Massachusetts
x
x
Michigan
x
x
Minnesota
x
x
Mississippi
x
x
Missouri Registration required if either bike engine large than 55 cc.
Montana
x
Nebraska
x
Nevada
x
No scooter registration if engine larger than 50 cc.
New Hampshire
x
x
New Jersey
x
x
New Mexico
New York
x
x
North Carolina
North Dakota
x
x
Ohio
x
x
Oklahoma
x
x
Oregon
x
x
Pennsylvania
x
x
Rhode Island
x
x
South Carolina
x
x
South Dakota
x
x
Tennessee
x
x
Texas
x
x
Utah
x
x
Moped exempt from registration if engine is 49 cc or less.
Vermont
x
x
Virginia
Washington
x
x
West Virginia
x
x
Wisconsin
x
Wyoming
x
Washington DC
x
x

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