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Are Electric Scooters Legal in Texas?

Updated on December 1st, 2023

In Texas, electric scooters are classified as motor-assisted scooters, which are two-wheeled devices with no more than one brake, a floorboard for standing while riding, and an electric motor not exceeding 40 cubic centimeters. While a driver’s license, registration, or insurance is not required, there are restrictions on where they can be operated. Generally, e-scooters are allowed on streets where the speed limit is 35 mph or less, and within designated bicycle lanes. Riders must follow the same traffic laws as bicycles. Local jurisdictions may impose additional restrictions, such as prohibiting scooters on sidewalks or requiring helmet use in certain areas.

In Texas, an electric scooter is defined as a two-wheeled device that has a floorboard designed for the rider to stand upon while riding. An electric scooter is designed to transport one person at a time and has a rechargeable electric motor that can power it to speeds up to about 15 mph.

Under Texas law, riders do not need a driver’s license, registration, or insurance to operate an electric scooter. Scooters can be driven on roads or sidewalks. There are no statewide helmets laws. E-scooters are considered motor vehicles.

Other regulations regarding the safe operation of electric scooters and the presence of electric scooters on public property are governed by local authorities.

Max Speed

Generally, 15 mph, but the maximum speed may be subject to local regulations.

Minimum Age

There is no statewide minimum age set for driving electric scooters; however, local regulations may establish age requirements.

Helmets Required? 

No statewide law requires helmets for electric scooter riders. However, users under a certain age may be required to wear helmets according to local ordinances.

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