Scooters, Mopeds, Etc... in Indiana

In Indiana, motor-driven cycles (MDCs) are often referred to as scooters, mopeds, motorized bicycles, and other similar terms. However, there are different classes of motor-driven cycles that each require their own type of license and registration—let’s see which type of MDC you have and what you’ll need to legally operate it.

Indiana Motor-Driven Cycles

Indiana classifies motor-driven cycles as follows:

  • Class A:
    • Has an engine that produces 5 brake horsepower at most.
    • Designed to have 3 wheels or fewer on the ground.
    • Equipped with a seat or saddle for the rider.
  • Class B:
    • Has an engine displacement of no more than 50 cc.
    • Designed to have 3 wheels at most on the ground.
    • Has a seat or saddle for the operator.

Both classes have license/endorsement, registration, and operating requirements.

Motor-Driven Cycle Registration

You must register your motor-driven cycle with the Indiana BMV by providing the following at your local IN BMV office:

Class A Licensing & Safety

Before you can ride your Class A motor-driven cycle, you’ll need to make sure you meet the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles’ (BMV) licensing and safety law requirements.

Class A MDC Licensing

To drive a Class A motor-driven cycle in Indiana, you must have a valid IN driver’s license WITH any of the following:

With the right credentials in hand, it’s time to register your Class A MDC with the BMV.

Class A MDC Safety Laws

When operating a Class A MDC in Indiana, you must:

  • Wear a:
    • Helmet and eye protection if you’re younger than 18 years old.
    • Helmet if you’re operating with a motorcycle learner permit.
  • Sit astride (i.e. straddle) the seat.
  • Have your headlamps on while riding.
  • Only carry passengers if your MDC has a proper passenger seat.
  • Not carry packages in your hands.
  • Drive near the right side of the road unless you’re passing another vehicle or preparing to make a left turn

Class B Licensing & Safety

Like Class A motor-driven cycles, the Indiana BMV also has specific requirements around the credentials, registration, and safety laws for Class B MDCs. Let’s go over them.

Class B MDC Licensing

To ride a Class B motor-driven cycle, you must be 15 years old or older and have one of the following:

Class B MDC Safety Requirements

When operating a Class B MDC in Indiana, you must:

  • Wear a helmet and eye protection if you’re younger than 18 years old.
  • Straddle or sit astride the seat.
  • Have the headlamps on while riding.
  • NOT carry passengers.
  • Not carry packages in your hands.
  • Operate no faster than 35 mph.
  • Ride near the right side of the roadway unless you’re passing another vehicle or getting ready to make a left turn.
  • Not drive on sidewalks or interstate highways.

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