Do you need a license to ride a 49cc or less scooter in florida?

by Anonymous

Some people tell me that you don't need a license for 49cc scooters, but I want to make sure.

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Oct 23, 2018
Simple Question does a 49cc moped/scooter need to be registered in FL NEW
by: Anonymous

I understand the specs and riding laws for each. But do they need a registration?
Simple: Yes or No?

Jun 29, 2018
From dmv NEW
by: Anonymous

In Florida, a moped is a vehicle that has:

Pedals for human propulsion (i.e. you can operate it with pedals).
A seat or saddle for you (the operator).
No more than 3 wheels for traveling.
A motor of no more than 2 brake horsepower.
An engine displacement of no more than 50 cc (if it has an internal combustion engine).
No direct or automatic clutching or shifting gears after you engage the drive system.
The ability to operate no faster than 30 mph on flat ground.
To operate a moped in Florida, you must:

Be at least 16 years old.
Hold a valid basic driver’s license (Class E) or "motorcycle only" license.
Learner’s permits DO NOT qualify.
Register the moped with the FLHSMV.

Jan 17, 2018
license for a 49cc yes or no ? NEW
by: Anonymous

Do you need a license for a 49cc scooter some say yes most say no. Which is the correct answer ?

Nov 10, 2017
My decision NEW
by: Anonymous

Electric bike it is ... No tag , ins , or lic .. Needed . But to protect myself I will get helmet and the Big bubble wrap to go around me just in case .

Mar 12, 2017
Do you need a licence NEW
by: Anonymous

Do you need a licence and registration to ride a 49cc that does not exceed more then 30 mph scooter on the road in Tampa FL

Dec 20, 2016
Scooter license NEW
by: Anonymous

Is there a scooter that I can drive without license

Oct 01, 2016
Do's and don'ts NEW
by: Anonymous

You are 21 years of age or older you should require an endorsement or at least take the motorcycle course test written and driving to operate a 50cc scooter on Florida roadways....

Jul 11, 2016
Yes need license NEW
by: Anonymous

Yes you need a license BUT NOT A MOTORCYCLE LIC. But do not need insurance if 50 cc or less

Jun 24, 2016
do you need a license to have license NEW
by: Curtis cannon

Do you have to have a license to drive a 50cc scooter in Florida

Jun 24, 2016
do you need a license to have license NEW
by: Curtis cannon

Do you have to have a license to drive a 50cc scooter in Florida

Jan 21, 2016
Where to get a scooter license NEW
by: Skip

Is there a specific town in the Delray Beach area where I can go to obtain a scooter license?

Jan 21, 2016
50cc needs motorcycle license NEW
by: Anonymous


Dec 25, 2015
Yes or no NEW
by: Anonymous

The question asked do you need a license for 49 C season under it's a simple as a yes or no

Nov 17, 2015
Ride NEW
by: Anonymous

If my moped is tilted in Virginia which requires no license to ride in Virginia if I take it to fla can I still ride it

Sep 25, 2015
Displacement of 50cc or less does not require a special license NEW
by: Christos

In the great State of Florida motorized scooters with an internal combustion engine are categorized as motorcycles. This type of vehicle must be titled and registered to operate on the roadways of this state. If your motorized scooter has a displacement of 50cc's or less, a motorcycle endorsement is not needed according to Florida Statute 322.03(4), yet you still must title and register your vehicle. If your motorized scooter has a displacement of 51cc's or greater you must apply for a motorcycle endorsement. The state has made this interpretation to prevent inexperienced riders from using powerful scooters and motorcycles.

In layman's terms, with a smaller engine your motorized scooter inevitably is easier to maneuver and you are less likely to be severely injured in case of an accident.

PS The law regarding insurance on motorized scooters [under 50cc's] is not clear. Assume insurance is needed.

PPS A valid drivers licence or learners permit is required to use motorized scooters on public roads.

PPPS Helmets are not required for motorized scooters under 50cc's...but wear one anyways.

Aug 26, 2015
Great site - recommended NEW
by: Anon

Yes, It is required.As far as I know its must for

Jun 01, 2015
none NEW
by: Anonymous

Do you have to have a license for a scooter in Florida

Sep 08, 2014
The Law "Definitions general. Chapter 320'01 NEW
by: Thomas Perdue

(26)Motorcycle. means any motor vehicle having a seat or saddle for us of the rider and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground,excluding a vehicle in which the operator is enclosed by a cabin unless it meets the requirements set forth by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for motorcycle.Term"motorcycle"does not include a trailer or a moped.
(27)"Moped"means any vehicle with a PEDALS to permit propulsion by human power having a seat or saddle for the use of the rider and designed to travel on not more than three wheels,with a motor rated not in excess of and not capable of vehicle propelling the speed greater than 30mph on level ground,powerdrive system automatically without or shifting gears by the operator after the drive system is engaged.If internal combustion engine is u,the displacement exceed 50cc cubic centimeters.
THAT'S Federal Law. So quit talking about things you don't know about.Good by

Aug 18, 2011
Copied strait from the Florida DHSMV website
by: electric scooter rider

(I researched this for weeks before buying my electric scooter)


What are the driver licensing requirements for mopeds, scooters and other two or three wheel motor vehicles?


If 50cc or less, these vehicles are not motorcycles by driver license law definition, FS 322.01 (25), so a motorcycle endorsement is not needed per F.S. 322.03(4). However, to operate them on streets and roadways, you must be at least 16 years old and hold at least a regular operator (Class E) or "Motorcycle Only" driver license. (Reason: even though these vehicles are 50cc or less, they still fall under the driver license law definition of "Motor Vehicles" and a driver license is required to operate a "motor vehicle".) FS 322.03(1), 322.01(26) and 322.05(1).


Is there a motorized vehicle you can operate without a driver license?


Yes, if at least 16, you may ride a bicycle with an electric helper-motor that can not go faster than 20 mph on level ground, per 322.03(1), 322.01(26) and 316.003(2).

you can see there have been no changes to the law this year (2011)

However, Florida laws have changed regarding a hardship license for permenant revokees. You may now apply for a hardship license after five years. You will not be approved if you have used any illegal drugs, Non-Rx'd to you medication, alcohol or driving w/no license with in that 5 year period.

Jun 06, 2010
by: scooterchick

Kathi... You are exactly correct. ALL tagged vehicles in Florida require a driver's license class E by the DMV. If the scooter is 50cc or above, you MUST take the rider safety course and pass it to obtain the class M license.

And I believe a 49cc must not "be capable of operating at speeds of above 30mph", which isn't enough to get out of the way of anything but a bicycle.

Jun 05, 2010
Fl License
by: Nancy H

Anything 49cc or below requires a driver's license, and plate. Anything over 50cc requires a motorcycle endorsement. This means you will have to take a class, usually 2-3 days on a motorcycle , pass the class, and then pay for the endorsement at your local license bureau. The classes run around $200. Good luck!

Jun 05, 2010
According to your FL DMV
by: Kathi

In looking at the Florida DMV website, it looks to me like you would only need a driver's license (Class E) to drive a scooter of 50cc or less in your state. You wouldn't need a motorcycle endorsement I believe.

But that's my interpretation of not the clearest language, so I strongly encourage you to check with your local DMV to be absolutely sure... unless one of my Florida readers would like the chime in?


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