Scooters, Mopeds, Etc... in North Dakota

Looking for a fun and economical way to get around?

Zipping around on a motorized bicycle, scooter, or other unconventional vehicle is a great way to save gas and enjoy your time on the road—just make sure you’re complying with the rules and regulations set by the North Dakota Department of Transportation (DOT).

Motorized Bicycles or Scooters in ND

Whether you call your vehicle a motorized bike, moped, or a scooter doesn’t matter to the North Dakota DOT, as long as it is has:

  • Pedals or foot rests.
  • 2 or 3 wheels.
  • A seat or saddle for the rider.
  • A width of 32 inches or less.
  • A motor that:
    • Has less than or equal to a 49.98 CC piston displacement.
    • Has no more than 2 brake horsepower.
    • CANNOT propel the vehicle faster than 30 MPH on flat ground.

You do NOT need a special license or endorsement to use a motorized bicycle or scooter, just a license or permit of any class.

Your vehicle must be insured, titled, and registered.

Register Your Motorized Bicycle

Register and/or title your moped by visiting your local North Dakota DOT office and providing:

Motorized Bicycle & Scooter Safety ND

To ride your motorized bicycle or scooter on North Dakota streets, you must:

  • Stay off the sidewalks.
  • Obey all traffic laws and regulations.
  • Have your vehicle equipped with:
    • Brakes
    • A headlight.
    • A taillight.
  • Wear a motorcycle helmet, if you’re under 18 years old.

Unconventional Vehicles in ND

The North Dakota DOT has a special classification for certain vehicles that do not fit into any other categories called “Unconventional Vehicles”.

These vehicles must be able to drive faster than 65 MPH and have:

  • 3 wheels or more.
  • A weight between 300 and 8000 lbs.
  • A steering wheel that controls the front tires.
  • Seat belts.
  • An identification number.
  • A non-saddle seat.

To drive a vehicle like this, you need a Class D (standard auto) license.

These vehicles must be titled, registered, and insured. To register your unconventional vehicle that has previously been titled, follow the instructions on our page about registering vehicles in North Dakota.

If your unconventional vehicle has never been titled before, you will need to have:

ND Title & Registration Fees for Other Vehicles

Here is a list of the fees* that apply to titling and registering mopeds, motorized bicycles, scooters, and unconventional vehicles.

  • Motorcycle plate: $25.
    • For mopeds, motorized bicycles, and scooters.
  • Unconventional plate: $50.
  • Unsatisfied judgment: varies by vehicle.
    • Applies to all on-highway vehicles except trailers.
  • Certificate of Title*: $5.
  • Discarded vehicle disposal*: $1.50.
  • Motor vehicle excise tax: 5% of the vehicle’s value title.

*NOTE:These fees only apply if you need to title your vehicle.


SFN 2872
Application for Certificate of Title and Registration of a Vehicle
Apply for a new, renewal, OR duplicate ND DOT title, registration, or tabs.
SFN 2888
Seller's Certificate and Vehicle Bill of Sale
Complete this form when buying a vehicle. MUST be signed by the buyer and seller.
SFN 2486
Certificate of Vehicle Inspection
To be filled out by a certified ND vehicle inspector. Also used to certify repairs to a salvaged or junked vehicle.
SFN 2903
Vehicle Statement of Ownership
This form is required to confirm ownership and title a vehicle for which there is no bill of sale, manufacturer's statement of origin, or title available. MUST be notarized.
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