Scooters, Mopeds, Etc... in New Jersey
A moped is basically a bicycle with a "helper" motor. The state of New Jersey classifies a moped as having a motor with less than 50 ccs of power, with a speed not greater than 25 MPH, no more than 1.5 brake horsepower, and be classified as a pedal bicycle. To register your moped, you'll need to visit your local Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) Agency with the manufacturer's certificate of origin, if new, or the current title and registration papers signed over to you, if used. You'll also need to provide the Bill of Sale and proof of insurance.
Street-legal scooters, not the toy variety, must be registered and titled with the state, regardless of motor size. These vehicles are treated as motorcycles and will be tagged and titled as such during registration. They must meet safety requirements, and pass an emissions test, and you'll need to provide the manufacturer's certificate of origin or the original title signed over to you. Be sure to take along the Bill of Sale and proof of insurance.
To operate scooters and mopeds on New Jersey roadways, you'll need a valid motorcycle license. You and your passengers will need to wear an approved, reflective helmet. You'll also need a face shield or goggles, unless your bike has a windshield.
Many people are considering alternate transportation due to rising gasoline costs. Mopeds and scooters are a fun and economical choice for many.