Texas Scooter Laws

Get to Know the Scooter Laws in Texas

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

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

Is a scooter driver's license required? Yes, but there are 2 choices: moped license or motorcycle endorsement on your driver's license.

Is there a limitation as to size of scooter and license? Yes, anything 50cc or lower is considered a moped and requires only a moped license. Vehicles over 50cc are considered "motorcycles." For all intensive purposes in Texas, there is no such official vehicle as a scooter. Weird, huh? Plus, if you are age 15, you can get a moped or motorcycle license, but cannot operate a scooter larger than a 250cc engine size.

If a license is required, how do you get it? Do you need to take a written test? What about a skills test? Mopeds require only a written test (administered on a computer). Motorcycle endorsements for Texas scooter licensing (over 50cc engine) require both a written test and a road test.

Is there any requirement for a skills class? It is not required for adults, but it IS highly recommended. And passing a skills test can waive the need for a road test for the motorcycle endorsement. Teens age 15 to 17 MUST pass an approved motorcycle safety course before applying for a motorcycle license. And, before taking the course, they have to have passed the classroom portion of a driver education course.

Does the scooter have to be registered? Yes, all mopeds, motorcycles and scooters must be registered and go through a yearly inspection.

Is scooter insurance required? Yes, liability insurance is required to be in place at the time of registration and licensing.

Is there a yearly inspection regulation? Yes

Anything else you should know? Helmets are required, unless you jump through the hoops to get a waiver.

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

Texas Laws Overview or download their Texas Motorcycle Manual (PDF)

Check other states' scooter laws

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