Scooters, Mopeds, Etc... in Georgia
On this page, we’ll find out how Georgia defines scooters, mopeds, motorbikes, and other motor-driven cycles and look at what kind of license you need to apply for with the GA Department of Driver Services (DDS) to ride these vehicles.
Georgia defines a moped as any motor-driven cycle with an engine displacement of no more than 50 cc.
To operate a moped in Georgia you:
- DO NOT need to title, register, or put any tags on it.
- MUST be at least 15 years old.
- Have a valid driver’s license (Class C), instructional permit, or limited permit.
Georgia requires you to follow the same traffic laws all other motor vehicle drivers must obey, noting especially that:
- You must wear a motorcycle helmet compliant with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).
- You CANNOT operate your moped on limited access highways or any roadways that have a minimum speed limit over 35 mph.
Scooters, Motorbikes, & Mini-Bikes in GA
Georgia classifies any motor-driven cycle that meets the following criteria as a motorcycle, which can include motor scooters, motorbikes, and mini-bikes:
- Has a seat or saddle for the rider.
- Travels on 3 wheels at most when in contact with the ground.
- Has an engine displacement of greater than 51 cc.
To legally ride a scooter, mini-bike, or motorbike, you must:
- Hold a valid Class M license or Class M instructional permit (MP).
- Register the vehicle the same way you would register a motorcycle in GA.
Similar to moped operators, people who operate scooters, motorbikes, and mini-bikes must obey the same traffic and safety laws as other Georgia drivers. Study Georgia’s Motorcycle Operator’s Manual and Driver’s Manual for details.