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Are Electric Scooters Legal in Washington?

Updated on December 1st, 2023

In Washington, a 'Motorized foot scooter' is defined as a device with two wheels of ten inches or smaller in diameter, with handlebars, designed for the operator to stand upon, and powered by an electric or internal combustion engine, capable of speeds up to 20 mph on level ground. Scooters cannot be ridden on sidewalks and are not allowed on fully controlled limited access highways. They must have reflectors when operated half hour after sunset to half hour before sunrise. Local governments have the authority to further regulate the operation of electric scooters within their jurisdictions.

"Motorized foot scooter" in Washington means a device with no more than two ten-inch or smaller diameter wheels that has handlebars, is designed to be stood upon by the operator, and is powered by an internal combustion engine or electric motor that is capable of propelling the device with or without human propulsion at a speed no more than twenty miles per hour on level ground."

  • Cannot exceed 20 mph on level ground. (RCW 46.04.336)
  • Motorized foot scooters may not be operated at any time from a half hour after sunset to a half hour before sunrise without reflectors. (RCW 46.20.500)
  • Cannot be ridden on sidewalks (RCW 46.61.710 )
  • Cannot be operated on fully controlled limited access highway (RCW 46.61.710 )
  • They may be operated most places bicycles are allowed such as multipurpose trails or bicycle lanes, provided "motorized vehicles" are not prohibited. (RCW 46.61.710 )
  • A state agency or local government or municipalities may regulate the operation of an EPAMD and motorized foot scooter within the boundaries under their jurisdiction and control, including any area used for recreation, open space, habitat, trails, or conservation purposes. (RCW 46.61.710 ) 

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There may be local variations, but Washington state law does not specify a minimum age for electric scooter use. Riders are expected to follow all traffic laws and operate the scooter responsibly.

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