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Are Electric Scooters Legal in District of Columbia?

Updated on December 1st, 2023

In Washington D.C., electric scooters are subject to the following regulations: operators must be at least 16 years old to ride an electric scooter, riders under the age of 18 must wear a helmet, and they are not allowed to ride on sidewalks. Electric scooters are allowed in all designated bike lanes, and these riders are expected to obey all traffic rules and signals. No license is needed to operate an electric scooter, however, users should stay informed on any potential local changes that may apply.

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In Washington D.C. the following regulations apply to electric scooters:

  • Scooter riders may not ride on the sidewalks
  • Scooter riders may ride in all designated bike lanes
  • Scooter riders over the age of 18 are not required to wear helmets
  • Scooter riders are not required to have a license
  • All scooter riders must be over the age of 16 to operate an electric scooter.
  • Scooter riders must obey all rules of the road and traffic signals

Max Speed

20 mph

Minimum Age

16 years

Helmets Required? 

Yes, for riders under the age of 18

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