Motorized Bicycle Laws in Massachusetts

Motorized Bicycles in Massachusetts

Generic Court GavelWith rising gas prices and environmental concerns, motorized cycles are a great choice for an alternative method of travel.

However, it’s important to know what your vehicle is classified as, since they each have different laws and regulations that you need to follow.


In Massachusetts, motorized bicycles and mopeds fall under the same classification. In order for a motorbike to be considered a moped, it must meet the following requirements:

  • It must have an automatic transmission.
  • It must have a motor that is no bigger than 50 CC.
  • It must be unable to go more than 30 MPH on level ground (and must be operated at no more than 25 MPH).
  • It must comply with all applicable motor vehicle safety standards.

You must have a valid drivers license and be at least 16 years old to drive a moped in Massachusetts, and you must always wear an approved safety helmet.

Mopeds must be registered through the RMV, which carries a fee of $30, and must be renewed every 2 years.


In Maryland, motorized scooters must follow the same rules and regulations as motorcycles. As such, you must have them registered, titled and tagged, and carry a valid motorcycle license to operate a motorized scooter on public roadways.

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