Motorized Bicycle Laws in Texas

Motorized Bicycles in Texas

Generic Court GavelTexas has pretty strict laws for motorized bicycles. All motor driven cycles in Texas (excluding electric bicycles) have to follow similar requirements as motorcycles. Most of the time you will need a moped license or Class M driver’s license, along with insurance, registration and a title.

Electric Bicycles

In the State of Texas, electric bicycles are defined as bikes that are powered by an electric motor that have a top speed of 20 MPH on level ground.

You don’t need a driver’s license or anything else to ride one, but you also can’t drive on highways.


There are some slight difference between the requirements for motorized bicycles or mopeds and motorcycles. Fortunately, Texas has published a certified moped list.

If you don’t see your moped on the list, you’ll need to determine the following:

  • Does it have an automatic transmission?
  • Is the engine smaller than 50 CC?
  • Does it have a top speed of 30 MPH on level ground?

If the answer to all three of the above questions is “yes”, then it should be considered a moped and you can get a moped license (a “K” restriction.) If not, then it is a motorcycle and you must get a class M motorcycle license.

In order to get your moped license with the “K” restriction, you will need to do the following:

  • Bring your moped affidavit to a moped dealer for completion.
  • Then bring the completed affidavit to a tax office, along with valid ID and your permit/license.


To register a moped or scooter, bring the following to your county tax office:

  • Valid identification.
  • Proof of insurance.
  • Your title or Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin.
  • Payment for the registration fee.

Once registered, you should receive a motorcycle tag. You must affix the tag to the rear side of your moped or scooter.


You are required to carry at least the minimum amount of insurance in order to ride your moped or scooter on public roads. You must also pass an annual vehicle inspection.

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2 thoughts on “Motorized Bicycle Laws in Texas

  1. You might want to reconsider your statement about electric bicycles not being allowed on the highways. See below:

    “Sec. 551.106. REGULATION OF ELECTRIC BICYCLES. (a) The department or a local authority may not prohibit the use of an electric bicycle on a highway that is used primarily by motor vehicles. The department or a local authority may prohibit the use of an electric bicycle on a highway used primarily by pedestrians.

    (b) The department shall establish rules for the administration of this section.

    Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1085, Sec. 12, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.”

  2. What about the Chinese 49 cc 2 stroke motors used on bicycles. they have no transmission, just a single speed, they go about 20 mph. Can they be used with out a tag or driver license in Texas?

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