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Are Electric Scooters Legal in Kentucky?

Updated on December 1st, 2023

Electric scooters in Kentucky are not classified as motor vehicles, hence no license or registration is needed. The state does not mandate helmet use, but local jurisdictions may have their own laws, so it's important to check local ordinances. Users should operate electric scooters in accordance with local traffic laws and restrictions, with particular attention to any specific regulations pertaining to age limits or operational hours, such as prohibitions on riding after dark.

In Kentucky, electric scooters are treated the same as bicycles under Kentucky law. There are no requirement to register them with the state or purchase insurance. They are not considered motor vehicles and a license is not required. There are no statewide requirements for helmets.

Operators must be at least 16 years of age and cannot ride durring the period from one half hour after sunset to one half hour before sunrise. Other regulations regarding the safe operation of electric scooters and the presence of electric scooters on public property are governed by local authorities.

Max Speed

Not specified. Electric scooters should be operated at speeds safe for the conditions and within local regulations.

Minimum Age

16 years of age is the general minimum, but local laws may adjust this requirement.

Helmets Required? 

No statewide requirement, but helmet laws can differ by city or county.

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