Scooters, Mopeds, Etc... in New Mexico

You don't have to travel far in New Mexico to come across someone riding a moped or scooter. So, let's take a look at these fun, alternative means of transportation.

It's important to understand where these vehicles fall under New Mexico law, because different procedures and rules apply.


Mopeds are defined as vehicles with:

  • 2 or 3 wheels.
  • An automatic transmission.
  • A motor with a piston displacement of less than 50 ccs (cubic centimeters).
  • A maximum speed capability of 30 MPH on a level surface.

Moped Registration and Titling

If a vehicle exceeds the speed or piston displacement criteria, it will be classified as a motorcycle. You'll then to register and title the vehicle, and carry insurance.

For a moped, you won't to do any of this. You will need any sort of driver's license or permit, however, to ride one.


Depending on its makeup, a scooter could be classified as a motorcycle, moped, or even a bicycle. So, see where your vehicle falls under these categories, and follow the appropriate riding rules as well as registration and titling procedures.

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