Motorized Bicycle Laws in Arizona

Motorized Bicycles in Arizona

Generic Court GavelThere are many benefits to be had by using a motorized bicycle as your primary (or secondary) method of transportation. With rising gas prices, environmental concerns and a suffering economy, it’s no wonder more and more people are choosing them over other options.

In Arizona, motorized bicycles are a popular choice for getting around, so it’s important to know the laws for them.

Motorized Bicycles (Mopeds)

In Arizona, the definition for a moped or motorized bicycle is a bicycle with a motor to help with propulsion. The motor has to be 50 cc or less, with no more than 1.5 brake hp, and be unable to go more than 25 mph on level ground.

Mopeds do need to be registered with the MVD (Motor Vehicle Division), but they do not need to be titled.

You need to place your registration decal on the front of your moped.

Additionally, moped drivers need to carry a minimum amount of insurance. The minimum insurance requirements are:

  • $15,000 in bodily injury liability for a single rider.
  • $30,000 in bodily injury liability for two or more riders.
  • $10,000 in property damage liability.

Lastly, you need a valid drivers license, and will have to pay a one-time registration fee. The registration fee is $5.00 + $4.50 for tax, or $9.50 in total.

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4 thoughts on “Motorized Bicycle Laws in Arizona

  1. The law listed above is for mopeds and that does NOT include motorized bicycles.

    HB 28-2516
    A. Notwithstanding any other provision of this title:

    1. A certificate of title is not required for a motorized electric or gas powered bicycle or tricycle.

    2. Registration is not required for a motorized electric or gas powered bicycle or tricycle.

    3. Vehicle license tax is not imposed on a motorized electric or gas powered bicycle or tricycle.

    4. A motorized electric or gas powered bicycle or tricycle is exempt from the provisions of section 28-964 relating to required equipment on motorcycles and motor-driven cycles and from the provisions of title 49, chapter 3, article 5 relating to vehicle emissions inspections.

    5. A driver license is not required to operate a motorized electric or gas powered bicycle or tricycle.

    6. A motorized electric or gas powered bicycle or tricycle may use rights-of-way designated for the exclusive use of bicycles.

    7. A motorized electric or gas powered bicycle or tricycle is not subject to chapter 9 of this title.

    B. This section does not prohibit a local authority from adopting an ordinance that regulates or prohibits the operation of motorized electric or gas powered bicycles or tricycles, except that a local authority shall not adopt an ordinance that requires registration and licensing of motorized electric or gas powered bicycles or tricycles.

    C. For the purposes of this section, “motorized electric or gas powered bicycle or tricycle” means a bicycle or tricycle that is equipped with a helper motor that has a maximum piston displacement of forty-eight cubic centimeters or less, that may also be self-propelled and that is operated at speeds of less than twenty miles per hour.

    • Just curious, what if the motor is higher than 48cc? Can you get in trouble for having a motor bigger than 48cc equipped on a bicycle in arizona?


  3. we were stopped in peoria Az at 4:20 am on our way to meet a client about a job we were supposed to do. they not only gave my husband and i 4 tickets each, 1 driving on a suspended license, 2 no registration, 3 no insurance, 4 no motorcycle headlight on our bicycles. now none of that was the officers reason for pulling us over. we were stopped at light on 83rd ave and olive rd. and no more than 2 to 3 hundred feet later we were getting pulled over and harrassed i would call it cause the officer said he clocked us going over 30mph in that short distance. they not only gave us those 4 tickets they have impounded both our bikes and caused us to loose a high dollar job most likely any future client work from that client. and numerous other jobs since they are holding our bikes until court they say. we had to walk to a establishment where we could contact someone to help us and come give us a ride home. the following day my husband had to go to the emergency room because his feet were extreemly sore and very very swollen from having to walk so far.


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