Scooters, Mopeds, Etc... in Oregon
The Oregon DMV defines mopeds by the following criteria:
- Designed to be used on the ground with no more than 3 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 MPH on a flat road. For combustion engines, the piston or rotor displacement can only be 35.01 to 50 cc (cubic centimeters).
- Equipped with power driver system that is automatic (no shifting or clutching).
The Oregon DMV defines scooters by the following criteria:
- Can be propelled by human or motor
- Motor cannot attain speeds of more than 24 MPH on a flat road
- Electric engine with an output of no more than 1,000 watts
- Engine size no larger than 35 cc (cubic centimeters)
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 MPH, which would put them under the classification of a motorcycle.
Because there are so many classifications of mopeds, scooters and other powered vehicles, you should check the brochure offered by the Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division to see what is required for each type of vehicle.
If your vehicle does fall under the moped catagory (or other types requiring registration), then you must register and title it with the DMV. To do so, take the following steps:
- Complete an Application for Title and Registration (Form 735-226).
- Pay the fees. A registration valid for 2 years, costs $48. If your moped is new registration, valid for 4 years, costs $96. 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 Class C Driver License ($60); renewals cost $40 and replacements cost $26.50.
Be sure to check out DMV.org's articles on mopeds and scooters:
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