Scooters, Mopeds, Etc... in Georgia
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The state defines a moped as a vehicle that:
- Has an engine that doesn't exceed 50 cubic centimeters.
- Can't go faster than 30 mph.
- Doesn't require clutching or shifting.
If a vehicle exceeds either of the first two qualifications, it's likely considered to be a motorcycle or a scooter, and must follow the rules pertaining to motorcycles.
Mopeds can't be used on roads where the minimum speed is above 35 mph, or on limited-access highways. Additionally, you'll need to be at least 15 old and have a valid driver’s license, instructional permit, or limited permit to drive a moped. You must also wear a helmet when riding.
Mopeds aren't required to be titled or registered.
Scooters are placed in the same category as motorcycles, and must obey the same laws and regulations.
Scooters are defined as a vehicle with a saddle for the use of the rider, and meant to be driven with three or fewer wheels on the ground. To be eligible for a title and registration, the scooter must have an engine of more than 50 cubic centimeters and two horsepower, reach speeds of over 30 mph, and be designed for highway use.
Title and Registration Procedure
You'll need to provide a copy of the manufacturer's certificate of origin or a current title signed over to you, and then Form T-22B, Certificate of Inspection when a designated agent or law enforcement office inspects the vehicle.
Your street-legal scooter will be treated much like a motorcycle during the registration process. The cost of a motorcycle tag is $20, plus any taxes and fees due at the time of registration.
If you are considering the purchase of a moped or scooter to help combat rising gas prices, be sure to check out DMV.org's lengthy list of resources.
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