North Carolina Motorized Bicycle Laws

License Not Required & Registration Required

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    According to North Carolina law, a motorized bicycle is considered a moped. A moped has:
    • two or three wheels.
    • no external shifter.
    • a motor not to exceed 50 cubic centimeters of piston displacement.
    • a top speed of no more than 30 mph propulsion on a level surface.


    To ride a motorized bicycle in North Carolina you do not need a license but you must be at least 16 years old.


    To ride a motorized bicycle on public roads in North Carolina it must be registered.

    You will need to submit the following to the North Carolina DMV:
    • A valid North Carolina license OR ID card
    • The Manufacturers Certificate of Origin
    • Relative paperwork for registering a moped

    Other Motorized Bicycle Laws

    • You must wear a helmet at all times.
    • Carry vehicle insurance.