Alaska Scooter Laws

Get to Know the Scooter Laws in Alaska

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

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

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

  • Motorcycle: Any 2 or 3-wheeled vehicle over 50ccs

  • Motor-driven cycle: Scooters/mopeds under 50ccs

  • Motorized bicycle: Not defined separately

Is a scooter driver's license required? Yes

Is there a limitation as to size of scooter and license? Both designations of scooters require special licenses or permits.

If a license is required, how do you get it? Do you need to take a written test? What about a skills test? Both a written test and a skilled test are required, although the skills test may be waived for people applying only for a motorcycle license (not the motor-driven cycle permit) if they pass a motorcycle skills course. Kids under age 18 must also have written parental permission and have held their permit for at least 6 months before applying for the license.

Is there any requirement for a skills class? No, but it is highly recommended, and will exempt motorcycle drivers from the road test.

Does the scooter have to be registered? Yes

Is scooter insurance required? Yes

Is there a yearly inspection regulation? Vehicles that live in or commute into Anchorage or Fairbanks may be subject to emissions testing; I couldn't tell if it applied to motor scooters or not.

Anything else you should know? Helmets are required for people under the age of 18.

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

Alaska Motorcycle Manual (PDF)

Check other states' scooter laws

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