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Are Electric Scooters Legal in Connecticut?

Updated on December 1st, 2023

Electric scooters in Connecticut are devices that must: weigh less than 75 pounds, have two or three wheels, be equipped with a handlebar and a floorboard for standing while riding, and be powered by an electric motor not capable of propelling the device at a speed of more than 20 miles per hour. Operators of electric scooters are subject to the same rights, privileges, and duties as bicycle riders and must be at least 16 years of age to legally operate one. The operation of electric scooters on sidewalks is not allowed. Helmets are highly recommended for all riders for safety; however, they are mandatory only for individuals under the age of 18. The general speed limit for electric scooters is 20 mph. Local authorities maintain the power to regulate the safe operation of electric scooters and their use on public property within their jurisdictions.

In Connecticut, electric scooters (Electric foot scooter) are defined as devices that:

  • Weighs less than seventy-five pounds (75 lbs);
  • Has two (2) or three (3) wheels;
  • Has a handlebar and a floorboard that can be used to stand on while riding;
  • Is powered by an electric motor;
  • Has a maximum speed of twenty miles per hour 

Electric scooter riders the same rights, privileges and duties that currently exist for bicycle riders. Operators must be at least 15 years of age. Scooters are not allowed to be driven on sidewalks. All riders are required to wear a helmet. Scooters are limited to a speed of 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


Helmets Required? 

Yes, for riders under 18 years old

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