top of page

Use code SCNEWCUST15 for 15% off ALL scooters through month-end.  Redeem here

Understanding Licensing for Vespas: Motorcycle or Driver's License?

When it comes to navigating the streets with style and convenience, Vespas have become an increasingly popular choice for urban commuting and leisurely rides alike. However, one question that often surfaces among prospective and current owners is: “Do you need a motorcycle license for a Vespa?”

The answer varies by region, given that licensing requirements for operating a Vespa - a brand of scooter known for its iconic Italian design - are determined by local laws. In general, the need for a motorcycle license hinges on the engine size of the scooter and the specific regulations of the state or country you are in.

Typically, scooters with a 50cc engine or smaller can be ridden with a standard driver's license in many areas. This is because these scooters often have a limited top speed, which usually does not exceed 35 mph, allowing them to be classified similarly to bicycles with a motor or mopeds.

However, if the engine size of the Vespa exceeds 50cc, most jurisdictions will require you to obtain a motorcycle endorsement on your existing driver's license or a separate motorcycle license altogether. Larger scooters, including some Vespa models, boast engine sizes that range from 125cc to over 300cc, contributing to faster speeds and necessitating the need for more comprehensive motorcycle training and licensing.

To legally ride your Vespa, it is crucial to refer to your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or equivalent authority for the most accurate and up-to-date information. They will provide guidelines on what constitutes the need for a motorcycle license, based on the scooter's engine size and the maximum speed it can achieve. Moreover, they will outline the process for acquiring the proper endorsement or license, which may include a written test, a riding skills assessment, and sometimes a motorcycle safety course completion.

Remember to also check if there are any additional requirements or restrictions, such as helmet laws, minimum age for riders, insurance mandates, and registration needs.

In conclusion, while smaller Vespas often do not require a motorcycle license, larger models with more powerful engines will. Always double-check with your local authorities to ensure that you remain in compliance with all legal requirements and ride safely on the road.

By staying informed and licensed appropriately, you'll enjoy the freedom and fun of riding your Vespa with the peace of mind that comes from being fully compliant with the law.

Levy Electric Scooter Icons

Start a Fleet

Start a rental fleet with Levy

Levy Electric Scooter Icons


Wholesale Levy scooters at your online store or shop

Levy Electric Scooter Icons

Retail Partners

Wholesale Levy scooters at your 
online store or shop

Levy Electric Scooter Icons

Tag us

Follow and tag us on social!

Brand Ambassador

Earn money for referring friends and growing the network

Service Guides

DIY repair tools, videos, and more


Interested in working at Levy?


Invest in the Levy Network

Levy Locations

Find our rental, repair, and store locations

The Levy App

Download the Levy app to find scooters closest to you


Technical specs for all of our scooters


The Levy swappable battery system

Spare Parts

Every spare part you need for your scooter


Choose the Levy scooter that suits you best


Learn more about electric scooter tires


Bags, phone holders, helmets and more

Levy Electric Scooter Icon

The everyday electric scooter, perfect for the daily commute.

Levy Electric Scooter Fleets Icon

Start a rental fleet with Levy scooters and software

Levy Plus Electric Scooter Icon

Our high-end, long range cruiser with double the range of the Levy.

Support Center

FAQs, how-to videos, and quick start guides

Shipping App

Discounted shipping labels for moving your scooter (or any package).

Range Calculator

Estimate real-world range for any scooter

Electric Scooter Laws

Electric scooter laws by state & city


Subscribe to a scooter for $70/month

Shop Locator

Find a location to test ride or bring your Levy in to get repaired


Get in touch with our team

Quick-start guide

Get started with your Levy

Returns & Warranty

Every spare part you need for your scooter

Shipping Policy

Shipping Policy US and International

bottom of page