Scooters, Mopeds, Etc... in Kentucky
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Before you soak up this valuable information about scooters and mopeds in Kentucky, make sure you fully understand what classifies a scooter and a moped. DMV.org provides Electric Vehicles That Classify As A Motorcycle and Our Favorite Links to help you out.
Kentucky doesn't require scooter operators to obtain a license or register their scooters; however, that doesn't mean you're left out in the cold!
In the state of Kentucky, a moped is defined as a vehicle that is a motorized bicycle with an automatic transmission, an engine less than 50 ccs, and the capability to rev up to a speed of no more than 30 miles per hour.
You don't need a moped license if you plan to operate the vehicle on private property only; however, if you plan to ride on streets or highways you'll need to obtain a Kentucky moped license and register the moped.
You must be at least 16 years old with a valid driver's permit to apply for your moped license. If you're under 18, you'll need your parent or guardian to sign for you. If you already have a driver's or motorcycle license, it will suffice. You won't need a moped license, too.
Apply for your moped license at your local County Clerk's office.
The application process for a Kentucky moped license is much like that of a driver's permit. You'll complete a driver license application as well as take the written and vision exams.
If you successfully pass your exams, the clerk will issue you a KY moped license. You can keep it until you obtain a motorcycle or driver's license, at which point you'll need to submit your moped license to the County Clerk's office.
Even with a moped license or regular driver's license, a moped is not allowed on any public highways that have a minimum speed limit above 30 mph.
Starting on page 55, the Kentucky Drivers Manual dives deeper into the laws and procedures regarding motorcycles and other types of bikes and mopeds.
You can also contact your local County Clerk's office with any questions.
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