Scooters, Mopeds, Etc... in Rhode Island

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Mopeds and Scooters

Definition of a Moped

  • Has 2 wheels
  • Must have cylinder capacity of less than 50 ccs (cubic centimeters).
  • Cannot exceed 30 MPH on a flat surface
  • May be propelled either by human power, motor power or both. This typically encompasses motorized bicycles (with pedals).

Definition of a Scooter

  • Must have cylinder capacity of less than 50 ccs (cubic centimeters).
  • Cannot exceed 30 MPH on a flat surface.

Moped and Scooter Registration

Yes, you don't need a motorcycle license to ride a moped or scooter, which saves a lot of time. However, you still need to register the vehicle with Division of Motor Vehicles. To do so, bring the appropriate materials to a DMV branch that handles new registration.

Materials If You Have Bought from a Dealer

You may need to:

  • Complete an Application for Registration and Title Certificate (Form TR-1).
  • Provide proof of insurance
  • Provide a Dealer sales tax form
  • Provide either a Manufacturer's Statement of Origin (MSO), Rhode Island driver's license, or VIN check if the dealer is out-of-state

Materials If You Have Bought from a Private Party

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