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Are Electric Scooters Legal in North Carolina?

Updated on December 1st, 2023

In North Carolina, stand-up electric scooters are distinguished from mopeds and are not considered motor vehicles. Scooters must not exceed 20 mph and do not require registration with the DMV. While helmets are mandatory for individuals under 16, there is no stipulation for a particular standard. Since electric scooters are not categorized as motor vehicles, no driver license or state ID is necessary for operation.

Under existing NC law, electric scooters fall under the definition of "moped," which includes heavier vehicles that can travel up to 30 mph. Moped riders must be at least 16 years old and must wear a helmet meeting the FMVSS 218 (motorcycle) standard. Operators must have a valid North Carolina driver license or identification card. Vehicle must be registered with North Carolina DMV. Electric scooters are considered motor vehicles.

Max Speed

20 mph

Minimum Age

16 years old

Helmets Required? 

Yes for individuals under 16 years of age

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