Alabama Scooter Laws

Get to Know the Scooter Laws in Alabama

This page is about Alabama scooter laws and the Alabama motorcycle endorsement regulations you need to know.

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Alabama scooter laws logoEach state is different, so don't assume that because Connecticut doesn't require licensing of scooters 50cc and smaller, that Alabama doesn't either. This page will give you a brief introduction and overview of the motor scooter laws for Alabama. Then, at the end of the page, you'll find a link for more detailed information on the Alabama scooter laws.

Please remember: The info here and on the individual state pages is only a guideline. Laws are subject to change. It's your responsibility to know what the law is in your own state.

In terms of the motorcycle endorsement I mentioned above, what that means is that in addition to a driver's license (which is almost always going to be a prerequisite to getting a motor scooter license), you get an add-on endorsement to that license that allows you to drive a motorcycle or other 2-wheeled motorized vehicle like a gas scooter.

So, for instance, I got my motorcycle endorsement in Idaho by driving a 125cc scooter. But I could now go out and buy a big-a** Harley Davidson and ride that too if I wanted. (Not that I could handle a Harley with my little short legs and diminutive frame... but still, you know what I mean, right?)

Overview of Alabama Scooter Laws

First, it's important to understand the definitions in Alabama for the following terms:

  • Motorcycle: A motor vehicle having a seat or saddle for the use of the rider and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, but excluding a tractor.

  • Motor-driven cycle: Every motorcycle, including every motor scooter, with a motor which produces not to exceed five brake horse-power nor to exceed 150 cubic centimeter engine displacement and weighs less than 200 pounds fully equipped, and every bicycle with motor attached. (includes mopeds)

  • Motorized bicycle: Not defined in Alabama.

Is a scooter driver's license required? Yes, you must have a motorcycle endorsement, or kids age 14 & older can get a moped-only license.

Is there a limitation as to size of scooter and license? No, all scooters, mopeds and motorcycles require a license to drive.

If a license is required, how do you get it? Do you need to take a written test? What about a skills test? A written test is the only test that is required.

Is there any requirement for a skills class? It doesn't appear so, but the information on the Alabama site is pretty sparse.

Does the scooter have to be registered? Yes, scooters of all sizes must be registered and licensed.

Is scooter insurance required? Yes

Is there a yearly inspection regulation? Unclear

Anything else you should know? You have to be age 16 or older to get a motorcycle license. Kids age 14 and over are only entitled to a restricted license for driving motor-driven cycles only. You won't find much more information on Alabama's official state sites about scooters or even motorcycles. Good luck!

For more information on Alabama scooter laws and the motor scooter license regulations, visit:

Alabama Motorcycle Manual (PDF)

Check other states' scooter laws

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