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Are Electric Scooters Legal in Michigan?

Updated on December 1st, 2023

In Michigan, electric scooters are legally defined and regulated similarly to electric skateboards. While not classified as motor vehicles, they must follow the same traffic laws applicable to vehicles. Electric scooters may not be used on roads with a speed limit over 25 mph, and helmets are mandatory for riders under 19. Local ordinances govern the use of scooters on sidewalks and public property.

In Michigan, electric scooters are classified as and treated under the law as electric skateboards. Electric scooters are not classified as motor vehicles but otherwise must adhere to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle. A person shall not operate an electric skateboard at more than 25 mph or on a highway or street with a speed limit of more than 25 mph.

Helmets are required for operators under the age of 19 years old A person less than 12 years cannot operate an electric scooters on public streets. Electric scooters can be driven on sidewalks unless otherwise restricted.

Regulations regarding the safe operation of electric scooters and the presence of electric scooters on public property are governed by local authorities.

Max Speed

25 mph

Minimum Age

12 years for operation on public streets

Helmets Required? 

Yes, for riders under 19 years of age

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