Road Laws for Mopeds

Updated March 23, 2017

Mopeds provide a fun and enjoyable experience for the adventurous enthusiast, but they are also governed by state laws. Like violations of laws that pertain to automobiles and motorcycles, violations of moped law can lead to fines and points on your license. Moped laws vary by state, but often include provisions on licensing, helmets and riding restrictions.


Every state in the union possesses its own laws on moped; however, the vast majority of states require you to obtain a license to use a moped. Illinois is an exception. In Illinois you must be at least 15 years of age to ride a moped, but you do not need a license. License programs often mirror those of driver's licensing. Thus, you will need to attend classroom instruction, perform supervised driving and pass a road exam to obtain a moped license. Additionally, most states require you to register your moped. This often costs money. Finally, many states require mopeds to have a current number plate.

Protective Equipment

Many states enforce strict protective standards for mopeds. This includes wearing a helmet, eye protection and other protective gear as determined by each state. Even if your state does not have such a regulation, you should always try to protect yourself while riding a moped.

Restricted Areas

Many states have laws in effect to prevent mopeds from travelling to certain locations. For example, the vast majority of states do not allow mopeds to enter freeways. Also, areas designated for bicycles (such as city parks) forbid mopeds on their trails. Additionally, some states enforce a strict speed limit for mopeds. In Illinois, you may never exceed 30 miles per hour on your moped. Other states have a speed limit of 25 miles per hour. Some states have no speed limit at all for mopeds. In all states you must obey the regular traffic laws of the state, including obeying traffic signals and speed limits.

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About the Author

Alex Lubyansky has been a writer since 2007. He was a research assistant for the legal publication "Feminist Jurisprudence: Volume IV" and has been published in the Education and Employment Tips section of a prominent website. He holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and is currently a law student at DePaul University.