Do I need a title for my scooter in Michigan?

by Anonymous

I just bought a new scooter and I live in Michigan. Do I need a title to get a new tag for my scooter?

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Dec 28, 2014
DO you need a title for a 49cc Zuma in Missouri NEW
by: Anonymous

My son wants to buy a scooter. Does it need a title in Missouri?

Feb 20, 2013
Been There Did That NEW
by: Dr D

As an owner of a 50 cc Yamaha Razz Scooter and a Michigan resident, I have had the experience. At 15 my son studied for his moped liscense.The written test he took was equal to a drivers test. He was required to wear a helment until he was 19, and had to obay other moped laws of the road.He needed no insurance and only had to fill out a Michigan registration card. He was given a numbered sticker to display on the rear. The sticker was good from beginning in April until 36 months later. The cost was $17 at that time.

Sep 24, 2011
No title needed
by: Anonymous

No you don't need a title, but you do have to ge it registered. And they will give you a sticker to place on the rear.

Jan 24, 2011
49cc Yamaha Zuma owner in Michigan
by: Tom

I just purchased a used Yamaha Zuma 49cc scooter from my son-in-law in Pittsburgh PA. It had a metal motorcycle plate on it from PA and a title which he had to sign over to me. When I took the title to my MI Secretary of State, they would not give me a title nor motorcycle plates because the VIN number showed it under 50cc. Instead they gave me a 3-year Moped Tag and registration paper which has blanks on the back to fill out in case I sell the scooter.

Also there is no state requirement in Michigan to insure the 49cc scooter nor to wear a helmet when riding it, nor to have a special motorcycle endorsement on your drivers license if you are over age 15.

Oct 04, 2010
Not Enough Info...
by: Kathi

You haven't given us enough info to answer this with any accuracy. However, here is what it says on the Michigan DMV site about the differences between the types of 2-wheel motorized vehicles:

"A moped has less than 50 cc engine displacement, less than 2 brake horsepower, and is capable of no more than 30 mph on a level surface. If it does not meet all three of the listed requirements, it is considered a motorcycle. A scooter may be either a moped or a motorcycle depending on its size. Riding a motorcycle requires a CY endorsement on your Michigan license. A properly registered moped can be ridden on the street by any licensed driver or anyone 15 years of age or older with a moped license."

I also found something that said mopeds don't need to be licensed, but they DO need to be registered. So, it looks like if your scooter qualifies as a moped, you don't need a title. Otherwise, you probably do.

But check with your local Michigan Dept. of State office (looks like they're the ones who handle drivers stuff) to be sure.

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