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Motorized Scooters, Mopeds and Motorized Bicycles

State of Maine Laws Pertaining To
Off-Road Vehicles, Motorized Scooters, Mopeds and Motorcycles
Effective: April 13, 2006

Off-Road Vehicle

Motorized Scooter

Moped

Motorcycle

Off-Road VehicleOff-Road VehicleOff-Road Vehicle
Motorized ScooterMotorized Scooter
Moped
Motorcycle

Cannot be registered under Title 29-A Motor Vehicle Statutes for use on public roads. However, can be registered under Title 12 through Inland Fisheries & Wildlife

Registration not required

Can be registered as a moped

Can be registered as a motorcycle

Cannot meet inspection standards due to vehicle design and configuration

Inspection not required

Inspection not required

Inspection required

Cannot be used on a public way Can be used on a public way like a motorized bicycle or tricycle Can be used on a public way if registered

Can be used on a public way if registered

Operator's license no applicable since vehicle can not be used on public way

Any class of an operator's license, instruction permit or endorsement required

Any class of an operator's license is required

Any class of operator's license with a motorcycle endorsement required

Some common types of off-road vehicles include Pocket Bikes, Mules, Gators, Terminal Tractors and ATV's. An ATV can only be operated for farm purposes using an occasional crossing permit

**Must meet all the following criteria

  • 2 or 3 wheels
  • *Each wheel (not tire) is less than 10" in diameter
  • Motor less than 25 cc's

OR

  • Electric motor not exceeding 750 watts

**Must meet all the following criteria

  • 2 or 3 wheels
  • *Each wheel (not tire) is 10" or larger in diameter
  • Motor does not exceed 50 cc's

OR

  • Electric motor not exceeding 1,500 watts

**Must meet all the following criteria

  • 2 or 3 wheels
  • *Each wheel (not tire) is 10" or larger in diameter
  • Motor more than 50 cc's

OR

  • Electric motor 1,500 or more watts

A Pocket Bike or similar vehicle that does not meet the definition of a motorized scooter, moped or motorcycle is considered an off-road vehicle

*Wheel diameter is measured across the outer edge of the wheel rim.

**If all criteria are not met in any category, the vehicle is considered an off-road vehicle.

Useful Statutory References

Definition:
Title 29-A, § 101, sub§ 47-A

Operation of:
Title 29-A, § 2091

Driver License Requirements:
Title 29-A, §1254

Safe Operation:
Title 29-A, §2062

Motorcycle Driver Education:
Title 29-A, §1352

Instruction Permits:
Title 29-A, §1304

Equipment Standards:
Title 29-A, §1901-1925

Inspection:
Title 29-A, §1751

You may contact the BMV Registration Section with questions or comments at: (207) 624-9000 ext. 52149 or by Email: registrations@maine.gov