Motorized Bicycle Laws in New Mexico

Motorized Bicycles in New Mexico

Generic Court GavelMotorized bicycling is pretty popular in New Mexico, and for good reason. Not only does it save you money and keep you healthy, but it’s also a lot of fun.

However, different classifications of bikes have different laws and requirements, so it’s important to know what your bike is defined as.

Electric Bicycles

The State of New Mexico doesn’t seem to have it’s own laws for electric bikes, so we’ll refer to the federal laws.

Federal law defines e-bikes as bicycles that have a motor that is no bigger than 750 watts, and has a top speed of 20 MPH or less on level ground.

Federally you don’t need a driver’s license to ride on public roads.


In New Mexico, mopeds are defined as bikes with the following attributes:

  • They have 2 or 3 wheels.
  • They have an automatic transmission.
  • They have a motor that is 50 cc or less.
  • They can’t go faster than 30 mph on level ground.

If your bike meets the above requirements, then you don’t need get it titled, registered, and you don’t need to carry insurance – just a valid drivers license.

However, if your motorbike exceeds the specifications above, then it is most likely classified as a motorcycle in New Mexico, and you must abide by all of the motorcycle laws and regulations.


Just as with mopeds, scooters can also fit into the motorcycle classification. Using the same requirements as listed above for mopeds, compare your scooter and make sure you understand how your scooter is classified, and follow the appropriate procedures.

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