New York Scooter Laws

Get to Know the Scooter Laws in New York

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

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

First, it's important to understand the definitions in New York for terms relating to scooters. They do it a bit differently than other states I've researched. First off, they have a category called "limited use motorcycle", which they define as a low-speed vehicle with two or three wheels. They say that synonyms for what they're describing are "moped" and "motor scooter."

New York also specifies 3 classes of scooters/motorcycles, based on their top speed capability:

  • Class A: These can go more than 30 MPH

  • Class B: Go 20 to 30 MPH

  • Class C: Go up to 20 MPH

Is a scooter driver's license required? Only Class A riders need a motorcycle endorsement, but all drivers need at least a drivers license.

Is there a limitation as to size of scooter and license? 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? There is a written test that tests your knowledge about both regular driving laws as well as motorcycle laws. In addition, you may need to take a road skills test.

Is there any requirement for a skills class? Only if you want to bypass the motorcycle road test.

Does the scooter have to be registered? Yes, all classes must be registered

Is scooter insurance required? Required for Class A; recommended for Classes B & C

Is there a yearly inspection regulation? Yes, for Class A; recommended for Classes B & C

Anything else you should know? Class A scooters can ride in any traffic lane, but Class B and C scooters can only ride in the right lane or on the shoulder, unless making a left turn. Helmets and always-on headlights are a requirement for all riders.

For more detailed information on New York scooter laws and the motor scooter license regulations, visit:

New York Motorcycle Manual

Check other states' scooter laws

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