Florida Registration- the Real Deal

Discussion in 'Laws, Legislation & Emissions' started by gottmoore, Dec 13, 2007.

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  1. gottmoore

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  2. gottmoore

    gottmoore Guest

    A motorized bicycle is defined by Florida as being electric propelled, and under 750 watts (1HP).

    No internal cumbustion engine is in the legal description.
  3. davidsis

    davidsis Guest

    It says that motorized bicycle falls under dirt bike, and goped. This is kind of confuseing in my oppinion. Should be a distinction there that it is not a moped.
  4. GasKicker

    GasKicker Member

    Florida Registration

    I got pulled over by a volusia county (Florida) sherrif last night. He said that my bike was a moped and had to be registered. I insisted that it was a bicycle not a moped. He investigatd for about half an hour and came back "inconclusive", but still insisting that he was right. I never wavered.

    He let me slide, then proceded to examine my bike and tell me how cool it was. We talked about it for another 15 minutes or so. Then I went on my way.

    My own invetigation of the Florida DMV laws seem to suggest that these bike fall under the definition of a moped. Mopeds must be registered but not titled. Where florida law describes a "motorized bicycle" as having an electric motor not capable of speeds over 20mph.

    I would gladly pay $14 to register my bike, but there are problems:

    1) No VIN.
    2) Illuminating the tag might be a problem.
    3) If I admit that it's a moped, do I then need brake lights and turn signals?
    4) Do mopeds require insurance?
    5) If i get citation and the judge rules this to be a moped, what kind of penalties would I incurr?

    We seem to playing around in a gray area of the law.

    Has anyone here been cited for this?

    Hmmm...What to do?
  5. bushido

    bushido Member

    i remember reading a thread over on motorized bicycles forum where a florida guy got a plate for his MB. He said it was super easy and only took 15 minutes, he walked in the dmv, told them he wanted a plate for his moped and they gave it to him... i'm guessing im going to try it out when i get mine... not sure if it will be as easy as he said it was though...
  6. bushido

    bushido Member

    found the post i was thinking of:

    heres a pic of his ride:

    he also says this when asked whether it is necessary to run brake lights...
  7. bucvoss

    bucvoss Member

    do a search in the Gainesville sun. there was a guy featured on the front page going down main street on a gas three wheel bike. the paper even said he was legal to run it up to 30 mph as long as he had drivers license
  8. alex

    alex Guest

    If i register it, can I ride on the sidewalks?
  9. bushido

    bushido Member

    No, I don't think so, I don't think you are allowed even without registering it.
  10. stude13

    stude13 Active Member

    stay off
  11. GasKicker

    GasKicker Member

    I think my questions have been answered. I'm going back to DMV tomorrow and insist that they register my bike as a Moped. Does the tag have to be illuminated when riding at night???