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by Staff - June 20, 2014

Answer:

A scooter does not fall under the classification of a normal passenger vehicle, so it is necessary to register it as a moped or motorcycle and requires a class M license. Under the legal definition of a moped, it must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be unable to achieve speeds more than 30 miles per hour.
  • The piston displacement must be no more than 50 cubic centimeters.
  • The operator must not be required to shift gears.

If a two-wheeled vehicle fails to meet all three of the above criteria, the owner must register it as a motorcycle. If the scooter or moped DOES meet those three requirements, you’re eligible for a “K” restriction. This basically means that you are exempt from taking a motorcycle test, but you’re also restricted from driving a motorcycle (even though you posses an M license).

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