Are Electric Scooters Legal in South Dakota?

Under South Dakota law, electric scooters are classified as mopeds.  Scooters do not have to be registered but must meet all federal highway safety standards. Every driver or owner of a motor vehicle driven on public roadways shall at all times maintain in force a form of financial responsibility, i.e, liability insurance. A proof of liability insurance card must be carried on the motor scooter at all times.


All motor scooter operators must have a valid South Dakota car / truck (Class 1) driver’s license.
No person under 18 years of age may operate or ride upon a motor scooter unless wearing a protective helmet.
No person may operate a motor scooter unless he is wearing an eye protective device.
State law prohibits use of vehicles on sidewalks.


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