Register a moped

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).  

Submit your documents, application and payment to the DMV 

Follow the instructions for how to register a vehicle in the County you live in. You can use the DMV Registration Guide to determine what documents you need to apply

 

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 1any license class 2any license class 3 
Registrationrequiredrequiredrequired
Headlight on when operatingrequiredrequiredrequired
Helmet & eye protectionrequiredrequiredrecommended
May operate onany traffic laneright-hand lane or
shoulder only 4
right-hand lane or
shoulder only 5 
Insurancerequiredrequiredrecommended 6
Inspectionrequiredrecommendedrecommended
Titlenot requirednot requirednot required
  1. 1. Learner permit restrictions apply to all permit classes. Junior operator restrictions apply to class DJ and MJ permits and driver licenses. See information about the Graduated License Law.
  2. 2. Learner permit restrictions apply to all permit classes. Junior operator restrictions apply to class DJ and MJ permits and driver licenses. See information about the Graduated License Law.
  3. 3. Learner permit restrictions apply to all permit classes. Junior operator restrictions apply to class DJ and MJ permits and driver licenses. See information about the Graduated License Law.
  4. 4. Except when making a left turn.
  5. 5. Except when making a left turn.
  6. 6. A Class C moped used as a rental vehicle must be insured.