Moped Laws at a Glance
- You must hold a driver’s license (any class) to operate a moped on public streets. A Class M motorcycle license is not required.
- Helmet use, vehicle registration and a license plate are required.
- Registration is one-time only. The registration will remain valid as long as the owner retains the vehicle.
- Liability insurance is not required
- Riders must ride in the extreme right-hand lane of a multi-lane road unless preparing to make a left turn, if it is unsafe to do so or if otherwise directed by a police officer.
“Moped” means a motor-driven scooter, motor-driven cycle or similar vehicle that is propelled by a small engine which produces not more than 2 gross brake horsepower, has a displacement of not more than 50 cubic centimeters or produces not more than 1500 watts final output, and is capable of a maximum speed of not more than 30 miles per hour on a flat surface with not more than 1 percent grade in any direction when the motor is engaged. (NRS 482.069)
Mopeds must have almost all of the same safety equipment (lights, mirrors, etc.) as a motorcycle in order to be driven on any public street. Mopeds are not required to have turn signals (NRS 484D.130). See the Motorcycle Equipment Tip Sheet.
Other vehicles with a small engine that do not have safety equipment are considered off-highway vehicles and may not be operated on public streets.