Scooters, Mopeds, Etc... in Florida
Florida defines mopeds, scooters, and motorized bikes differently than regular motorcycles, so the license and registration requirements tend to differ, too.
Let’s find out what type of motor-driven cycle you’re zipping around on and whether you need a license and registration from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV).
Mopeds in Florida
In Florida, a moped is a vehicle that has:
- Pedals for human propulsion (i.e. you can operate it with pedals).
- A seat or saddle for you (the operator).
- No more than 3 wheels for traveling.
- A motor of no more than 2 brake horsepower.
- An engine displacement of no more than 50 cc (if it has an internal combustion engine).
- No direct or automatic clutching or shifting gears after you engage the drive system.
- The ability to operate no faster than 30 MPH on flat ground.
To operate a moped in Florida, you must:
- Be at least 16 years old.
- Hold a valid basic driver’s license (Class E) or “motorcycle only” license.
- Learner’s permits DO NOT qualify.
- Register the moped with the FLHSMV.
FL Florida defines a motorized scooter as a vehicle that:
- Does NOT have a seat or saddle.
- Travels on 3 wheels or fewer.
- Can operate no faster than 20 MPH on flat ground.
When it comes to riding a motorized scooter in Florida, you:
- Are NOT required to have it registered with the FLHSMV.
- CANNOT operate it on public roadways and sidewalks.
Motorized Bicycles in FL
A motorized bicycle is one that:
- Has 2 tandem wheels.
- Sometimes, these bicycles also have 2 front OR 2 back wheels.
- Is propelled by a combination of human power (you) and an electric motor.
- Can operate no faster than 20 mph on flat ground.
You must be at least 16 years old to ride a motorized bike in Florida, but do NOT need a driver’s license to operate one.
Contact your local FLHSMV agent if you have further questions about motorized bicycles.
NOTE: When defining motorized bicycles, Florida does not include vehicles with seat heights 25 inches or fewer from the ground when the seat is adjusted to its highest position.