Minnesota Motorized Bicycle Laws

Minnesota Motorized Bicycle Laws

Motorized bicycles are defined as mopeds by Minnesota law. A moped is defined as:
  • Possessing an electric motor
  • Having a liquid fuel motor with displacement less than 50cc.
  • Having 2bhp (brake horse power) or less.
  • A maximum speed of less than 30mph.

To ride a motorized bicycle in Minnesota you must have a valid drivers license. If you are at least 15 years old you can apply for a moped permit.


You must register a motorized bicycle to ride it on public roads in Minnesota.
  • You may not operate your motorized bicycle in bicycle lanes, trails, or on interstate freeways.
  • You must wear a helmet if you are under 18 years of age.
  • A working headlight and taillight is required to ride at nighttime. (Nighttime is defined as the period 30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes before sunrise.)
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