Motorized Scooters


Motorized scooters have become very popular. Due to their quick increase in use and popularity the State of Oregon has developed several laws to govern their use. Below you will find these laws.


  • A motorized scooter does not have more than 3 wheels, has handlebars and a foot support area. It may also have a seat. It cannot have a capable top speed over 24 mph.

  • The operator must be at least 16 years old.

  • The operator must wear a helmet.

  • No operator's license is required.

  • No insurance is required.

  • No registration is required.

  • No lights or turn signals are required. If operated a night a white light is required to the front and a red light or reflector to the back. The operator is responsible for giving appropriate hand signals if no turn signals are equipped on the scooter.

  • The maximum speed limit is 15 mph while traveling on the road.

  • Operators must use a bicycle lane if it is available and yield the right-of-way to bicyclists and give audible alert when overtaking them.

  • Scooters can only be operated on roads with a speed limit of 25 mph unless the operator is using a bicycle lane, or crossing a highway that has a posted limit over 25 mph.

  • A scooter cannot be operated on a sidewalk except to enter and leave adjacent property.

  • The operator must walk the scooter in a crosswalk.

  • A gasoline motorized scooter must have a rating of 35cc or less. An electric scooter must have a rating of 1000 watts or less. If the scooter is larger than these, it is classified as a moped and the operator must have registration, insurance and a moped license or valid driving license.


Click here to download a guide about motorized scooters.

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