Indiana Laws for Mopeds, Scooters and Other Motorized Vehicles

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Indiana law differentiates mopeds, scooters and other personal mobility vehicles from conventional motorcycles — they all have different licensing, speed, and insurance requirements. Before riding any of these vehicles in Indiana, make sure you know what type you have, and what you need to do to ride legally.

Vehicle typeLicense requiredRegistration requiredInsurance requiredWhere can I ride it?
Scooter (over 50cc)YesYesYesStreet
Moped/motorized bicycle (under 50cc)Yes (driver's license or moped license)YesNoStreet (no highways)
E-scooterNoNoNoBike paths or street (no highways)

Indiana moped laws

In Indiana, a moped or other small scooter with a motor of 50cc or less is considered a Class B motor driven cycle (MDC). This category of vehicle has fewer restrictions on who can drive it than a larger scooter or motorcycle, but you're not allowed to drive it on highways or bike paths.

In order to drive a Class B MDC, you need to have a driver's license of some kind, but you don't need a motorcycle license. Additionally, if you don't have a driver's license, you can take a special written test in order to qualify for a Class B MDC endorsement. Anyone age 15 or older can take the test to ride a moped.

Class B MDCs are only permitted to travel 35 mph or less, though it's not likely a 50cc engine would be able to take you any faster. You can't drive your moped on highways or bike paths, nor can you have a passenger.

Class B MDCs must be registered with the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles. You'll be issued a license plate, and you need a title document as well.

Indiana moped regulations

License required?Do I need liability insurance?Do I need to register it?Do I need a title?Where can I drive it?Maximum speed
Yes (Any driver's license, or ID with Class B MDC endorsement)NoYesYes
  • Roads
  • No highways
  • No bike paths
35 mph

Indiana law does not define a separate category of vehicle for motorized or electric bicycles, so they are considered Class B motor driven cycles for legal purposes.

Indiana scooter laws

In the state of Indiana, a motor scooter over 50cc may be considered a motorcycle or a Class A motor driven cycle, depending on how powerful the motor is. An engine over 50cc but under 5 brake-horsepower (bhp) is considered a Class A MDC; anything more powerful is treated the same as a regular motorcycle.

Vehicle typeEngine requirement
Class A motor driven cycleMotor is over 50cc, and produces 5 brake-horsepower or less
MotorcycleEngine is over 50cc and produces more than 5 brake-horsepower

The rules for riding a Class A MDC and a motorcycle are fairly similar. You're required to pass a motorcycle license test in order to drive both. Both types of vehicles require a title and a license plate, and you'll need liability insurance for each as well.

Additionally, you can legally take both types of vehicles on surface roads and highways. However, keep in mind that the top speed of a 5hp scooter is likely no more than 35 mph, so it may not be safe to ride it on major highways.

Indiana scooter regulations

MotorcycleClass A motor driven cycle
RequiredRequired
Motorcycle licenseMotorcycle license or Class A motor driven cycle license
1616
Any road
  • Any road
  • Required to ride on the right side when possible

Indiana laws for e-scooters

Starting in July 2019, a vehicle is considered an "electric foot scooter" if it meets all the following criteria:

  • Has handlebars and a floorboard to stand on while riding
  • Weighs 100 pounds or less
  • Has three or fewer wheels
  • Maximum propulsion of 20 mph or less on flat ground

E-scooters that meet these criteria have all the same rights and responsibilities as a bicycle. This includes rentable e-scooters from companies like Bird, Lime and Spin. You can ride them in the street and on bike paths, and you don't need insurance or a license to ride one. They're also not legally considered motor vehicles.

However, e-scooters may also be subject to additional laws in your city, such as parking restrictions — make sure you're following all local laws relating to e-scooters.

Indiana e-scooter regulations

License required?Do I need liability insurance?Do I need to register it?Do I need a title?
NoNoNoNo

Indiana laws for hoverboards and Segways

In Indiana, a vehicle is considered an "electric personal assistive mobility device" if it meets all of these criteria:

  • Self-balancing device with two non-tandem (not in line) wheels
  • Electric propulsion with a motor under 750 watts
  • Maximum speed under 20 mph

Vehicles that meet this criteria are not required to be registered with the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

Indiana scooter insurance

Whether you need insurance for your moped, scooter, or other personal mobility device in Indiana depends on what kind of vehicle it is, and how powerful it is. For example, an e-scooter doesn't require coverage, but a scooter does.

Liability Insurance RequiredNo Liability Insurance Required
Motor scooters (over 50cc)Mopeds (under 50cc)
MotorcyclesBicycles
E-scooters and hoverboards

If your scooter requires insurance, you have to meet the same liability requirements as driving a regular motorcycle, though scooter insurance is often cheaper than a policy for a motorcycle.

Indiana scooter insurance minimums

  • Personal injury per person: $25,000
  • Personal injury per accident: $50,000
  • Property damage per accident: $10,000

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