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Are Electric Scooters Legal in Rhode Island?

Updated on December 1st, 2023

In Rhode Island, electric scooters are classified as 'motorized bicycles'. Operators must possess a valid driver's license and are required to register their electric scooter with the RI DMV, displaying a registration plate. Scooters must be equipped with headlights, rear reflectors, and a proper braking system. Usage of scooters on sidewalks may be restricted depending on municipal regulations. It is important to check local ordinances for specific rules in different cities and towns.

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.

Max Speed

Not exceeding 25 mph

Minimum Age

Possess a valid driver's license

Helmets Required? 

Yes, for riders under 21 years old or those operating a motorized bicycle for 1 year or less

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