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:

Motorized Scooters

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.