What is a moped?
To qualify as a moped, a vehicle:
- Must have 2–3 wheels.
- Must have an electric or liquid fuel motor with a cylinder displacement of less than 50 cc, and no more than 2 brake horsepower.
- Can’t travel faster than 30 miles per hour.
- Must meet all the federal standards for a motor-driven cycle.
You don’t need a motorcycle endorsement or auto insurance to ride a moped. However, to legally operate a moped in Washington:
- You must have a valid driver license.
- You must register the moped and display a valid license plate.
- You and your passengers must wear USDOT-approved helmets.
- You must wear eye protection if your moped doesn’t have a windshield.
- You can’t ride the moped on a sidewalk, bicycle path, equestrian trail, hiking/recreational trail, or fully-controlled limited access highway.