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Are Electric Scooters Legal in Wisconsin?

Updated on December 1st, 2023

In Wisconsin, electric scooters are defined as transport devices that must weigh under 100 lbs, are equipped with handlebars and a floorboard for standing, and propelled by an electric motor. They have an enforced speed cap of 20 mph on level surfaces. Although considered motor vehicles, electric scooters are not subject to traditional vehicle registration processes with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Users are expected to adhere to traffic laws applicable to motor vehicles when operating electric scooters. Riding is permitted on the shoulders of roadways, bike lanes, or sidewalks unless municipal law specifies otherwise. State-level helmet laws are not enforced for electric scooter riders, providing them with the choice of wearing protective headgear. No specific licensing is required to operate an electric scooter.

In Wisconsin, electric scooters are classified as devices that:

  • Weighs less than one hundred pounds (100 lbs); 
  • Has a handlebar and a floorboard that can be used to stand on while riding;
  • Is powered by an electric motor; 
  • Has a maximum speed of twenty miles per hour 

Electric scooters must not exceed a speed of 20 mph on a paved level surface. And they are exempt from vehicle registration by the Department of Transportation. Operators of electric scooters must obey the rules of the road. Scooters can be ridden on the shoulder of roadways, bike paths, and sidewalks unless otherwise prohibited by a municipality. Electric scooters are considered motor vehicles. There are no statewide helmet laws. A license is not required.

Max Speed

20 mph

Minimum Age

There is no explicit state-level minimum age requirement mentioned in the provided information. Local jurisdictions may impose their own age restrictions for the operation of electric scooters.

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