Scooters, Mopeds, Etc... in Oregon
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The Oregon DMV defines mopeds by the following criteria:
- Designed to be used on the ground with two wheels.
- Rider uses seat or saddle.
- Equipped with power source that keeps the vehicle moving without assistance. The source cannot be powerful enough to propel the vehicle forward at more than 30 miles per hour on a flat road. For combustion engines, the piston or rotor displacement can only be 35.01 to 50 cubic centimeters.
- Equipped with power driver system that is automatic (no shifting or clutching).
It's surprising to see which vehicles meet the above conditions. The DMV may classify a bicycle with a power source as a moped. Most scooters are considered mopeds, but some can reach speeds past 30 miles per hour, which would put them under the classification of a motorcycle.
If your vehicle does fall under the moped category, you must register and title it with the DMV. To do so, take the following steps:
- Complete an Application for Title and Registration.
- Pay the fees. A two year registration costs $30. If your moped is new, a four year registration costs $60. Keep in mind that your moped needs a registration plate, so if it currently does not have one you will need to pay the plate fee.
- If you are titling the vehicle, you will have to pay the title fee listed on the application.
To properly register your moped, it must meet federal highway safety and equipment requirements, as well as insurance and EPA requirements. If you have an imported moped, see the Oregon DMV's guide to imported motorcycles and mopeds to check if it meets requirements.
Moped riders are required to obtain a Moped Restricted Class C Driver License ($59 for eight years); rewenals cost $39 and replacements cost $25.50.
Be sure to check out DMV.org's articles on mopeds and scooters:
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