Motorized Skateboard Laws

Updated March 23, 2017

The original skateboard, developed in the 1970s, was a plywood board with four wheels used for students and movement. A motorised skateboard uses gas, electric or another source of power to propel the board forward. Motorised skateboards are popular in some parts of the country and there are laws in those areas that protect community and user safety.


There are certain age requirements a person must meet in order to ride a motorised skateboard. These requirements vary in different states. In the state of Arizona a rider must be over the age of 14 and have a signed consent form by their parents if they are under the age of 18. In the state of Delaware, children younger than 12 years old can operate a motorised skateboard if they are supervised or on land owned by the child's parent or guardian.


There are various restrictions imposed on motorised skateboards regarding where they can and cannot be ridden. In Arizona, a motorised skateboard is not allowed on sidewalks or on public roadways with speed limits greater than 30 miles per hour (unless it is before 7 a.m. or after 8 p.m.). In Delaware and California, motorised skateboards cannot be used on public highways, streets or sidewalks and can only be used on private property.

Traffic Laws

In locations where a motorised skateboard can be used on public roads (like Arizona) all regular traffic laws must be followed. This is the case, despite the fact that people without driver's licenses can use motorised skateboards. If you plan to ride motorised skateboards in these states you should be informed on all standard traffic laws to avoid fines and accidents.


There are various types of equipment required to ride a motorised skateboard in some states. All motorised skateboards must be equipped with a brake. All riders under the age of 18 must wear a helmet. Motorised skateboard riders should have footwear with a sole that completely covers the toes and feet. Riders should wear goggles, glasses or a transparent face shield that is approved for motorcycles. Different states have different rules about equipment, or may have no equipment laws other than a helmet requirement due to the many restrictions on where motorised skateboarding is allowed.

Other Laws

There are various other laws that regulate the use of motorised skateboards. No motorised skateboard rider may be carrying a package, article or bundle that restricts the use of both hands on the vehicle. Motorised skateboards should not be attached in any way to another vehicle. Parents or legal guardians of minors who use a motorised skateboard are liable for any damage caused by motorised skateboards. Motorised skateboarding is prohibited for people under influence of alcohol or drugs.

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