Iowa Motorized Bicycle Laws

Iowa Motorized Bicycle Laws


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Feb 28, 2012
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Iowa Motorized Bicycle Laws - License Required & Registration Required

A vehicle classed as a motorized bicycle in Iowa can not exceed 30mph on flat ground.


Depending on your age you may need a special moped permit to ride a motorized bicycle on public roads in Iowa.

14 -15 years old: Moped Permit AND Rider Education Course
16 - 17 years old: Moped Permit OR Intermediate License
18 years and older: Moped Permit OR Drivers License

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Karl Snarl

Sep 20, 2019
in council bluffs, which i think goes by state law on these, it is no more than 1.5 bhp, and no faster than 20mph, no large than 50cc and the transmission can not be shifted manually, automatics are fine. also you must stay in the street to ride them. they are not allowed on bike paths or sidewalks, or byways of over 45mph. the pedals must work and be attached. no registration is needed. you must have a flashing light on the front and back of the bike ( any color besides blue is acceptable), no blue lights are allowed on non emergency vehicles. you must also have a drivers licesence or a motorcycle license. if under 18, a permit to drive is acceptable. no one under 14 years old may ride them on the street.