Motorized Bicycle Laws in Vermont

Motorized Bicycles in Vermont

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.

Vermont has fairly strict regulations when it comes to motorized bicycles and mopeds. In most regards, the Vermont DMV groups all motor-driven cycles together with motorcycles, and has a lot of the same laws for each of them.

Electric Bicycles

The State of Vermont doesn’t seem to have laws specifically for e-bikes, so lets refer to the federal laws.

According to federal law, an electric bicycle is defined as a bike that has a motor that is no bigger than 750 watts, and has a top speed of 20 MPH on level ground.


In order for you to be able to register your motorized bicycle as a moped (or a motor-driven cycle), it must meet the following restrictions:

  • It must have a top speed of 30 MPH on level ground.
  • It must have an automatic transmission (no manual shifting of gears.)
  • It must have an engine that has a displacement size no bigger than 50 CC (cubic centimeters.)
  • It must have 2 or 3 wheels.


In order to register your bike as a moped, you will need to complete a Motor Vehicle Registration, Tax, and Title application (Form TA-VD-119).

Once completed, bring your application, a bill of sale and a valid ID to your local DMV office for processing.

Additional Regulations

If your bike is a moped and not a motorcycle, then you do not need a class M driver’s license – just a standard class C driver’s license will do. You’ll also need to follow all of the standard traffic laws while riding on public roads.

Wearing a helmet is not required for mopeds or motorized bicycles, but it’s still a good idea to wear one!

Want a Motorized Bicycle?

We have a great selection of motorized bicycles for sale! While we recommend getting an e-bike, we also have motorized bicycle kits for sale and bicycle accessories for sale. All of our listings are highly reviewed, as you will see for yourself!