Register a moped

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What is considered a limited use motorcycle (aka ‘moped’)?

New York law defines limited use motorcycles, which are commonly called "mopeds" or "motor scooters",  as "limited use vehicles with two or three wheels." 

Are there any special requirements to operate a limited use motorcycle (moped) in New York?

The requirements to operate a moped are like those for motorcycles. You must have a driver license and register your moped to drive it on streets and highways. There are exceptions to these requirements listed in the table below. You can never operate a moped down a sidewalk.

The DMV classifies a moped as a Class A, Class B or Class C limited use motorcycle according to its top speed. Only a certified model of limited use motorcycle can get a registration in New York State (only the manufacturer can certify a moped).  

What do I need to bring to the DMV?

Before visiting a DMV office to register your moped, please complete the Document Guide to make sure you bring the correct documents with you.

Find your proofs for registration


Office procedures have changed due to COVID-19.

We recommend you conduct your DMV business at the office or by mail in the County where you are a resident.

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Summary of what you need

  • proof of insurance, if required 2
  • cash, check, money order or credit/debit card for fees and sales tax  (or proof of sales tax payment or exemption)



The class is determined by the range of the vehicle's top speed. 

Limited-use motorcycle requirements
Required?Class A, over 30-40 mphClass B, over 20-30 mphClass C, 20 mph or less
Driver license / permit M/MJ 3any license class 4any license class 5 
Headlight on when operatingrequiredrequiredrequired
Helmet & eye protectionrequiredrequiredrecommended
May operate onany traffic laneright-hand lane or
shoulder only 6
right-hand lane or
shoulder only 7 
Insurancerequiredrequiredrecommended 8
Titlenot requirednot requirednot required