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Are Electric Scooters Legal in Missouri?

Updated on December 1st, 2023

Missouri regards electric scooters as non-motorized vehicles, analogous to bicycles, and allows their operation on public streets and highways. Riders are required to have a valid driver's license. Although helmet use is strongly recommended for all for safety, it is specifically mandated by law for riders under the age of 18. Local ordinances may impose additional restrictions and are to be adhered to when riding in different municipalities.

In Missouri, electric scooters are classified the same as electric bicycles and can be operated on public streets and highways if the driver holds a valid license. Operators must be at least 16 years old and a helmet is required. Electric scooters are considered motor vehicles.

Further restrictions and safety regulations can be defined by local authorities.

Max Speed

Generally, electric scooters should not exceed 20 mph to align with federal definitions for electric bicycles.

Minimum Age

Riders must have a valid driver's license, suggesting a minimum age requirement of 16 years for unsupervised riding.

Helmets Required? 

Yes, for riders under 18 years of age; recommended for all.

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