What do I need to apply for a moped license? (Choose tab below)
Apply for a moped license
- Be at least 15 years old
- Have no other license
- Have a parent or guardian’s approval if a minor
You will need to:
- Visit a Secretary of State office
- Bring documentation providing proof of a valid Social Security number, identity, citizenship or legal presence, and residency
- Pass moped knowledge, traffic sign, and vision tests
- Have a parent or guardian sign the license application if a minor
- Pay the moped license fee
Original moped license - $7.50
Original enhanced moped license - $38
Moped license renewal - $6
Enhanced moped license renewal - $30
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
What is considered a moped?
Mopeds and motorcycles are registered differently under Michigan law. Some retailers may sell what appears to be a moped but is actually classified as a motorcycle. Michigan law (section 257.32b) defines a moped as having:
- An engine that doesn’t exceed 100 cc’s piston displacement,
- A power drive system that doesn’t require the operator to shift gears, and
- A top speed of 30 mph or less on a level surface.
If the vehicle exceeds any of these criteria, it is classified as a motorcycle and must be registered and titled as such. Operation of a motorcycle requires insurance, a motorcycle endorsement, and helmet use (helmets are required for operators and passengers under age 21).
What type of licensing do I need to operate a moped in Michigan?
If you are at least 15 years old and unlicensed, you may apply for a moped license at a Secretary of State office. Minors will need a parent or guardian’s approval. You must pass moped knowledge, traffic sign, and vision tests, and provide proof of a valid Social Security number, identity, citizenship, and residency.
Residents with a standard, enhanced, or chauffeur’s license; a GDL Level 1 license with a moped privilege added; or a GDL Level 2 or Level 3 license may operate a moped without the need for a moped license.
You aren’t eligible for a moped license if your operator or chauffeur's license is suspended, revoked, or denied.
Am I required to wear a helmet when operating a moped?
Helmet use is strongly encouraged when riding a moped for all moped users. Helmets are required for all moped operators under the age of 19.
Eye protection, such as goggles, isn’t mandated but is encouraged.
Where am I legally allowed to operate a moped?
Riding a moped on a bicycle path or on a sidewalk constructed for pedestrian use is illegal. Also, you don’t have the right to operate a moped in a full lane of traffic. You must stay to the right side of the lane and ride with traffic.