Do I need a license plate on a Honda Metropolitan (49cc) in New Mexico?

by Hank
(New Mexico)

I'm planning to ride a Honda Metropolitan scooter (49cc) and I live in New Mexico. Does my state require that my scooter be registered and display a license plate?

ANSWER: Looks like if a scooter has an engine size less than 50cc (which would include yours), the scoot is classified as a moped for legal purposes. That means it doesn't need to be registered (or have a license plate). You can find more information on page 9 of the New Mexico Motorcycle Manual, or just ask at your local DMV.

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Mar 19, 2010
Registering a 49cc Scooter
by: Artist Bob

For what it's worth I think registering your scooter is a good idea in that it does identify it as being owned by you in case any controversy should occur. If another party should claim to own the scooter the DMV would have a VIN number on file with the registration. Have you checked with your insurance company about their requirements? They may want it to be registered.
Good riding. That country where you live should be ideal for scootering.

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