Scooters, Mopeds, Etc... in Massachusetts
A moped is defined by the state as a "motorized bicycle" with an automatic transmission and cylinders of 50 cc or less with a maximum speed of 30 MPH.
You must be at least 16 years old with a valid driver license to operate a moped in Massachusetts. You must also wear an approved safety helmet, and not drive at speeds greater than 25 MPHs.
You'll need to register your moped by completing the Motorized Bicycle (Moped) Registration Certificate (Form T20017) and submitting it to your local RMV with a fee of $40, or $30 if registering after November 1st.
The registration is valid for 2 years.
You'll need to do your research with scooters to determine the laws concerning your particular vehicle.
Motor scooters―the types made for highway travel― are considered motorcycles, and will be treated as such during registration, titling, and tagging. You'll also be required to have a motorcycle license to operate this type of scooter.
Because of rising gas costs, many of us are considering alternate transportation to ease our monthly budgets. Scooters and mopeds are great alternatives, but you'll want to do some research before you buy.