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Are Electric Scooters Legal in Nevada?

Updated on December 1st, 2023

In the state of Nevada, electric scooters are recognized as transportation devices provided they meet the following criteria: weigh no more than 100 lbs; are equipped with handlebars and a floorboard suitable for standing while riding; are powered by an electric motor; and do not achieve speeds greater than 20 mph. Use of electric scooters is approved on roadways, bicycle lanes, paths, or routes at a maximum speed of 15 mph. Additionally, they can be used on sidewalks and in pedestrian areas. Operators of electric scooters are not obligated to possess a driver's license, but they should adhere to all laws pertaining to the operation of bicycles and electric bicycles. Local authorities retain the discretion to enforce specific regulations concerning the safe use of electric scooters and their allowance on public properties.

In Nevada, electric scooters are defined as devices that: 

  • Weighs less than one hundred pounds (100 lbs); 
  • 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 20 miles per hour 

Electric scooters are allowed on any roadway, bicycle lane, path or route at a speed of not more than 15 miles per hour; and on a sidewalk and other pedestrian areas. Electric scooters are not considered motor vehicles and operators are not required to have a drivers license. Operators must be at least 16 years of age. There are no statewide helmet laws.

Electric scooters are subject to all the provisions of law applicable to bicycles and electric bicycles.

Further 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 (maximum motor speed), 15 mph (operational speed limit on pathways and sidewalks)

Minimum Age

16 years

Helmets Required? 

No (statewide), but individual local jurisdictions may require helmets

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