Are Electric Scooters Legal in Rhode Island?

Under Rhode Island Law electric scooters fall under the category of "motor scooters".

You must have a basic driver’s license to ride one of these vehicles in Rhode Island. Your motor scooter must be registered with the RI DMV.
To ride a motor scooter, the Rhode Island DMV requires the following:

  • Your vehicle must have a rear-view mirror.
  • You must always wear:
    • Eye protection.
    • A helmet IF you’re under 21 years old OR you have been operating a motor scooter for 1 year or less.

Some municipalities have created a distinct classification for electric scooters that allows for easier accessibility and use of electric scooters.

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