Indiana Scooter Laws

Get to Know the Scooter Laws in Indiana

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

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

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

  • Motorcycle: Any scooter with an engine greater than 50cc

  • Motorized bicycle: Less than 50cc engine displacement

Is a scooter driver's license required? Probably. Although the Indiana regs say that some scooters may be classified as a motorized bicycle, also known as a moped, if the engine size is larger than 2 horsepower and 50cc, it is a motorcycle. And all motorcycles require a license to drive in Indiana. Your certificate of title should indicate which class your scooter falls into. There are 2 options for a license... if you already have a license to drive a car, then you can just get a motorcycle endorsement added on. Otherwise, you can get a license just for motorcycles.

Is there a limitation as to size of scooter and license? Yes, see above.

If a license is required, how do you get it? Do you need to take a written test? What about a skills test? You start with a learners permit, which requires passing a written exam. Then, you must either pass a skills test or a skills class, both of which are administered by ABATE of Indiana.

Is there any requirement for a skills class? Skills classes (ABATE system) must be taken by people under age 18 who do not already have an operator license.

Does the scooter have to be registered? Yes, as a motorcycle.

Is scooter insurance required? Yes

Is there a yearly inspection regulation? There is emissions testing in a couple of Indiana counties, but I'm not sure it applies to motorcycle class vehicles.

Anything else you should know? Kids age 15 and 16 can only get a temporary learner's permit, which is good only for riding a scooter during motorcycle akills class under direct supervision. People aged at least 16 years, 30 days have a regular learner's permit and may only drive the scooter during daylight, and without passengers.

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

Indiana Motorcycle Manual (PDF)

Check other states' scooter laws

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