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Are Electric Scooters Legal in South Dakota?

Updated on December 1st, 2023

South Dakota law treats electric scooters as motor vehicles, similar to mopeds. Operators are required to have a valid driver’s license and must carry proof of liability insurance at all times when riding on public roadways. Although electric scooters do not require registration, they must meet all applicable federal highway safety standards to be legally operated. Operators under the age of 18 are required to wear a helmet, and all operators must use eye protection. The operation of electric scooters on sidewalks is prohibited by state law.

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.

Max Speed

Not specified in the provided information

Minimum Age

A valid driver’s license is required, thus the minimum age is typically 16 with eligibility for a driver's license

Helmets Required? 

Yes, for riders under 18 years of age

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