Maryland resident riding in New Jersey? License or no License?

by Brian C

In Maryland, the state of which I am a full-time resident, I need no license, registration, or insurance to operate a scooter with an engine size of less than 50cc.

In New Jersey, where I would ride at certain points in the year, I believe that the state law says that you need a license, registration, and insurance to ride regardless of engine size.

I assume since I am a Maryland resident, I can abide by those rules considering that most of my riding would be done in my home state.

To put it into context, one can drive a car at the age of 16 in Maryland with a driver's license. In New Jersey, the rule is different and says that Jersey citizens need to be 17 to have a driver's license.

Regardless, a 16 year old Maryland resident is still perfectly legal to drive in Jersey despite there being an age difference in law for getting a license.

I assume that a scooter is similar and that it would be perfectly legal for me to operate my scooter as a full-time Maryland resident in any state under Maryland law so long as I was just visiting.

That being said, as long as I wear a helmet, am I allowed to operate a scooter in New Jersey with my Maryland driver's license without a New Jersey motorcycle license, registration and insurance?

I assume that I am OK, but I want to check before I go spending some money.


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Jun 18, 2010
That Sounds Right
by: Kathi

Brian... I imagine you have it right. But if you really want to be sure, you might pose the questions to those in the know... the NJ DMV.

Let us know what you find out... unless one of my readers knows the answer to this issue?

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