When I buy a scooter, can I drive it home with my license ?

by Eddie Colon
(Staten Island, NY)

I plan to buy a scooter very soon, maybe a week or 2 at most. A 250cc or maybe a 400cc.

When I go to buy it, is it legal for me to drive it home using my car license? That's all I have right now, a NY state regular conductor license.

I plan to get the safety course and full helmet and buy a good anti-theft device, but I need to know right now if I find a good deal, can I go get it myself and drive it home?

Then, I would need to drive it to work the next day, will I be breaking the law to ride this scooter without the proper license endorsement?

I thank you for any and all answers.

Answer from Kathi, Site Owner: In NY, a motorcycle endorsement is REQUIRED for any 2-wheeler that goes more than 30MPH. So, NO, it will not be legal for you to ride your new scooter without the proper endorsement. More info here on the NY laws

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Jul 07, 2011
thanks to all of you
by: Eddie

Yes, you're right. I got in touch with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and a few other places, they all answered the same as you. So, next week, I'm going to the DMV and getting my permit. And after that, I will spend $350 and take the 2-day safety course. Then, as I understand from the explanation given at the school website, the course is equivalent to the road test.

Jul 06, 2011
dont forget the insurance
by: loosegrit

Driving without insurance the fine is the same as a car 1000's.

Jul 06, 2011
Driving W/O M-license
by: Artist Carter

Ask yourself this: "Would it be illegal to drive your new car home and to work without a license?" A license is required for all motor vehicles driven on the public roads. Calm down. That motor scooter will still be there. They will take your money and you will be a safer, better rider after
you have taken the Safety Course and gotten your

As they say, "Don't let your itchy trigger finger cause you to shoot yourself in the foot." (Get a ticket,lose your driving privilege or, in the worse case cause injury to yourself and/or others.)

Take the class and have many safe happy years of riding.

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