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Are Electric Scooters Legal in Iowa?

Updated on December 1st, 2023

Electric scooters in Iowa are classified as devices that meet the following criteria: weigh no more than 100 pounds, possess two or three wheels, include a handlebar and a flat surface to stand on, are propelled by an electric motor, and can reach speeds not exceeding 20 mph. Although electric scooters are treated similarly to bicycles, allowing their use on roads and bike paths, regulations can vary by local jurisdiction. Local authorities are responsible for implementing additional rules regarding the safe operation of electric scooters as well as their presence on public property. Helmet use and other safety measures may be encouraged or mandated at a local level.

In Iowa, electric scooters are defined as devices that:

  • Weighs less than one hundred pounds (100 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 

Proposed bill to treat scooters as bicycles, allowing them on roads, sidewalks, and bike-paths. A license is not required. There is no statewide requirement for helmet use.

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

There is no explicit statewide minimum age requirement to operate an electric scooter in Iowa; however, cities and localities may set their own age restrictions.

Helmets Required? 

No, Iowa does not require electric scooter riders to wear helmets at the state level, but local regulations may vary, and helmet use can be mandated or recommended in certain jurisdictions.

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