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Are Electric Scooters Legal in New Jersey?

Updated on December 1st, 2023

Under New Jersey law, a 'Low-speed electric scooter' includes any vehicle with a platform for the user to stand on, equipped with handlebars, and powered by an electric motor that allows the scooter to reach speeds less than 20 miles per hour on a paved level surface. While electric scooters do not require a driver's license, registration, or insurance, there are regulations to follow such as the use of helmets by minors, riding on designated areas that include bike paths and public roads with speed limits of 25 mph or less, and adhering to local ordinances that further dictate the operation and presence of electric scooters in specific municipalities. The state continues to monitor and adjust regulations to ensure the safety of both riders and pedestrians.

In New Jersey, a "Low-speed electric scooter" means a scooter with a floorboard that can be stood upon by the operator, with handlebars, and an electric motor that is capable of propelling the device with or without human propulsion at a maximum speed of less than 19 miles per hour.

Electric scooter are considered motor vehicles but operators are not required to have a valid driver's license. Helmets must be worn by any riders under the age of 17. Scooters can be driven on public roads and bike paths. There are statewide age limits on who can operate electric scooters.

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 miles per hour

Minimum Age

No statewide age limit is specified; local ordinances may impose minimum age requirements for electric scooter riders

Helmets Required? 

Yes, for riders under the age of 17

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