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Are Electric Scooters Legal in Illinois?

Updated on December 1st, 2023

In Illinois, operators of electric scooters must be at least 16 years old and must possess a valid driver's license, instruction permit, or state ID card. Helmets are not required statewide, but local ordinances may mandate their use, particularly for minors. Legislation may vary across different jurisdictions, so local rules concerning the operation of electric scooters need to be consulted. As of our last research, there's no new statewide regulation altering the operation framework for electric scooters akin to bicycles, but interested parties should monitor local legislative changes.

All operators must be at least 16 years old and hold a valid drivers license, instruction permit or State identification card. There is currently a bill (HB 1590) proposed to make e-scooters operate under the same regulations as bicycles. Speed of Electric scooters is limited to the 20 mph.

There are no laws requiring the use of helmets.Regulations regarding the safe operation of electric scooters and the presence of electric scooters on public property are governed by local authorities.

Max Speed

15-20 mph, depending on local regulations

Minimum Age


Helmets Required? 

No state requirement; local regulations may vary

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