Motorized Bicycle Laws in Michigan

Motorized Bicycles in Michigan

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.

Mopeds and Scooters are fairly popular in Michigan. Like most states, the rules and regulations vary slightly between the types of cycles, so make sure you know what your bike is classified as.


In Michigan, motorized bicycles are considered to be mopeds. They are defined as as having the following:

  • Has an engine that is no bigger than 50 CC, and produces no more than 2 brake horsepower.
  • Is unable to propel itself 30 MPH or more on level ground.
  • Has an automatic transmission.

If your motorbike exceeds the specifications above, then it is likely considered a  motorcycle and you must abide by all motorcycle regulations while riding.

Moped Laws

In order to ride a moped in Michigan, it must first be registered. Once registered, you must have a valid drivers license or moped license to drive it on public roads, and must be at least 15 years old.

You can apply for a for a moped license at 15 years old, but if you are under 18 then you will need a parent or legal guardian to cosign your application. You will need to pass a vision test, knowledge test and traffic sign test. You will also have to pay a licensing fee of $7.50, and renew it every 4 years (or when you turn 21.)

Note that if you already have a drivers license then you do not need to apply for a moped license.

While riding a moped or motorized bike in Michigan, you must obey the following traffic regulations:

  • You cannot drive on freeways, or on sidewalks or bicycle paths.
  • Do not drive side by side with other mopeds, or between lanes in traffic.
  • You cannot ride with passengers on your vehicle.
  • You cannot carry any package that would prevent you from keeping both hands on the handlebars at all times.
  • You must always drive as close to the right side of the road as practical.

Also, if you are under 19 years old then you must always wear an approved helmet while riding.

Registering Your Moped

Mopeds do not need to be titled, but they must be registered. To register your moped or motorized bicycle, make a trip to your local SOS (Secretary of State) office. You will need to provide a bill of sale (or manufacterer’s certificate of origin), and pay a registration fee of $15, which needs to be renewed every 3 years.

After registering, it is important to display your registration decal in a visible spot on the rear of your moped.


Often times scooters can be categorized as motorcycles. We suggest that you contact your local SOS office if you have any further questions.

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