Ohio Motorized Bicycle Laws

Ohio Motorized Bicycle Laws

A motorized bicycle is considered a moped in Ohio. A moped must meet all of the following criteria according to state law:
  • 2 or 3 wheels (1 front and 2 rear).
  • Minimum inflated tire width size of 1.75 inches and an inflated diameter of 19 inches.
  • The vehicle must be capable of being pedaled as well as carrying a helper motor, which cannot:
    ―Have a piston displacement larger than 50cc.
    ―Be capable of producing more than 1hp.
    ―Obtain a maximum speed greater than 20mph on a level surface.

To ride a motorized bicycle in Ohio you mus have a valid drivers license. If you are at least 14 years old you can obtain a motorized bicycle license.


In order to ride a motorized bicycle on public roads in Ohio it must be registered annually and you need license plates. You do not need a title.
  • Registration cost is $24.50
Other Motorized Bicycle Laws

All motorized bicycles must have a:
  • Rear license plate
  • Rear-view mirror.
Road rules for motorized bicycles:
  • You must stay to the right hand side of the road or within 3 feet whenever possible.
  • You can not carry any passengers.
  • If you are under 18 years old an approved helmet must be worn with the chin strap fastened.
  • The maximum speed you can travel at is 20mph.
  • You are not allowed to ride your motorized bicycle on freeways.
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