Motorized Bicycle Laws in Kentucky

Motorized Bicycles in Kentucky

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.

Like most states, in Kentucky there are a few categories for motorbikes depending on their specifications. Each category of bike has it’s own requirements and regulations, so it’s important to make sure you understand what your bike is defined as.

Electric Bicycles

The State of Kentucky doesn’t have it’s own requirements for electric bicycles, so we’ll refer to the federal laws.

Federally, e-bikes are defined as bicycles that have a motor that is no bigger than 750 watts, and a top speed of 20 MPH or less.

You’ll need a valid driver’s license according in Kentucky, and you must be at least 16 years old.


In Kentucky, a moped is a bike that meets the following criteria:

  • Has an engine that is smaller than 50 ccs and produces less than 2 horsepower.
  • Has an automatic transmission.
  • Is unable to propel itself more than 30 mph on a flat surface.

In order to ride a moped on public roadways, you will need a valid Kentucky drivers license (or a moped license), and need to make sure that your moped is registered. However, even with a license and registration, you cannot drive a moped on public roadways or highways that have a minimum speed limit higher than 30 mph.

You can apply for a moped license at a local County Clerk’s office. The application process is a lot like getting a driver’s permit, requiring a written exam to be passed, as well as a standard vision test.


Similar to mopeds, Scooters also require you to have a valid driver’s license in Kentucky.

If you are unsure about any of the above information, we advise that you contact your local County Clerks office, so that you do not accidentally break the law.

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