Scooters, Mopeds, Etc... in Louisiana
If you're looking for a convenient and affordable alternative method of transportation, a moped or scooter might be the answer. If so, it's important to be aware of the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles' (OMV's) regulations concerning licensing and registration for these vehicles.
In Louisiana, a motorized bicycle or moped is a pedal bicycle with a motor rated no more than 1.5 brake horsepower, a cylinder capacity of no more than 50 cubic centimeters, and an automatic transmission that produces no more than 25 mph on a flat surface.
To operate a moped on Louisiana roads, you must have a valid driver's license with a motorcycle endorsement. Drivers with learner's permits who are between 15 and 16 years of age are restricted to operating their moped within three miles of their primary residence, unless they are traveling with a parent or guardian.
Note: With the exception of motorized bicycles, a driver's license is not mandatory to operate motorcycles or scooters with less than 5 horsepower.
To register your moped, bring the following documents to your local OMV:
- Bill of sale
- Title or notarized certificate of origin
- Evidence of security interest by a UCC-1 or equivalent form
- Odometer statement
- Proof of insurance
The title fee for a moped is $18.50, plus an $8 handling fee. Additional fees and taxes will vary according to the purchase price of your vehicle and your parish location. If you have a question about moped registration procedures, you can contact the OMV at (225) 925-6146.
Although the OMV is unable to accept credit card payments at walk-in office locations, available forms of payment include:
- Check (if it includes your driver's license number)
- Money order
- Cashier's check
Regardless of whether your moped has been properly registered, it is against the law to operate it on a sidewalk, interstate highway, or location that will impede traffic flow.
Although scooters are becoming increasingly popular among teenagers and young adults, you may want to think twice before purchasing one to use as a primary method of transportation. According to the Louisiana State Police, gas or electric scooters do not meet the safety-equipment requirements for registration. This means that these vehicles cannot be legally driven on Louisiana roads. If you are found operating a scooter on a public roadway or the shoulder of a public roadway, you will be ticketed.
For further reading about mopeds and other motor-driven cycles, visit the following sections on this site: