Scooters, Mopeds, Etc... in Louisiana
When it comes to other types of vehicles that are allowed on public roads, the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) focuses mostly on motor-driven cycles, which are types of motorcycles that have motors with 5 horsepower or less.
Read on to learn more about the license, registration, and riding requirements for these types of vehicles.
Motor-Driven Cycles in Louisiana
The most common types of motor-driven cycles include motor scooters and mopeds (also referred to as motorized bikes).
Louisiana defines a moped/motorized bike as a pedal bicycle that:
- Can be propelled by a human, helper motor, or both.
- Has 1.5 brake horsepower or less.
- Doesn’t exceed 50 cc.
- Has an automatic transmission.
- Can’t travel faster than 25 MPH.
To operate a motorized bike/moped, you must:
- Be at least 15 years old with a valid driver’s license with a motorcycle endorsement.
- Register it following much the same process as you would for motorcycle registration.
Again, because the state might categorize your motor-driven cycle differently based on its specifications, it’s best to contact the LA OMV before applying for a license or registration for your bike.
Motor-Driven Cycle Safety Laws
You must follow these safety laws when operating a motor-driven cycle such as a moped, motorized bike, or qualifying scooter:
- Only 1 person at a time can ride on a motor-driven cycle.
- You must wear a helmet with a lining, padding, visor, and chin strap.
- Your motor-driven cycle must have at least 1 headlamp (but not more than 2 headlamps) that:
- Emits white light only.
- Is between 24 and 54 inches when measured from the center.
- Is visible from at least:
- 100 feet when you’re operating it at any speed fewer than 25 MPH.
- 200 feet when you’re operating it at 25 MPH or more.
- 300 feet when you’re operating it at 35 MPH or more.
- The cycle must have at least 1 reflector that is:
- Mounted at a height of 20 to 60 inches.
- Visible from between 100 and 350 feet at night.
- Your cycle must have at least 1 brake, which can be a hand- or foot-operated brake.