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Are Electric Scooters Legal in Colorado?

Updated on December 1st, 2023

In Colorado, electric scooters are considered as a type of electric low-power scooters and are used in accordance with the rules applicable to electric bicycles. These scooters are characterized by their lightweight frames, motorized mechanisms, and handlebars and can reach speeds of up to 20 miles per hour. As vehicles under state law, electric scooter riders have comparable rights and must fulfill the same duties as those riding electric bicycles. Operators need to be no younger than 16 years old. Helmets are a mandatory safety requirement for any riders below the age of 18. While state law provides baseline regulations, additional ordinances and operation guidelines, including where scooters may be used and how they must be parked, can be imposed by local municipalities.

In Colorado, electric scooters are defined as lightweight, motorized transportation devices, with handlebars, that obtain a maximum speed of 20 miles per hour. The are classified as "vehicles" under Colorado State law and afforded the same rights and duties as electric bicycle riders.

Riders must be at least 16 years old to operate electric scooters. Riders under the age of 18 are required to wear a helmet. Scooters are limited to 20 mph.

All remaining regulations regarding the safe operation of electric scooters and the presence of electric scooters on public property are governed by local authorities.

Max Speed

20 MPH

Minimum Age

16 years old

Helmets Required? 

Yes, for riders under 18 years old

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