Is a License Needed for a Moped in Texas?

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A moped is broadly defined as a two- or three-wheeled motorized vehicle with less than two horsepower and an engine displacement of less than 50 cubic centimeters with a maximum speed of 30 miles per hour, and which has a saddle for the use of the rider. Mopeds are relatively inexpensive relative to motorcycles or automobiles, and have become a popular means of transport in urban areas all across the United States, including Texas.

Moped Operator's License

You must have a moped operator's license to operate a moped in Texas. You must be at least 15 years old, take a basic operator training course and pass a written exam to qualify for a moped operator's license in Texas.

Registration and Inspection

All motor vehicles for use on public roads must be registered in Texas, including mopeds. At the time of publication, the annual registration for a moped -- or any motorcycle -- in Texas is $30.30. Mopeds, like all registered motor vehicles, must also undergo an annual safety inspection. Both the registration sticker and the inspection sticker should be displayed on the back of the moped.

Moped Insurance

Like all other registered vehicle owners, Texas moped operators are required to maintain a minimum amount of liability insurance for their vehicle. Proof of insurance must be presented when registering or renewing the registration for your moped.

Other Laws

Texas moped operators under the age of 21 are required to wear protective helmets. Moped riders over 21 are exempt from this requirement if they successfully pass a motorcycle safety course and carry a health insurance policy with a $10,000 minimum value. Mopeds must be equipped with red reflectors at least on the rear end of the vehicle, and a headlight that illuminates for at least 500 feet is required for nighttime use.

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