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Mopeds- Electric-assisted Bicycle, Motorized Bicycle


Reference: Minnesota Statutes 168.012 and 169.011

Registration Period: March 1 through February 28 (29 in leap years) of the following year.

Moped registration applies to motorized bicycles and electric assisted bicycles.

A motorized bicycle is one that:

  • is propelled by an electric or a liquid fuel motor of a piston displacement capacity of 50 cubic centimeters or less

  • has a maximum of two brake horsepower (H.P.2)

  • is capable of a maximum speed of not more than 30 miles per hour on a flat surface with not more than one percent grade in any direction when the motor is engaged.

A motorized bicycle may or may not have pedals; it makes no difference. If the above conditions are not met, the vehicle must be registered in the motorcycle class. ("H.P. 2.1" on the MSO indicates more than 2 horsepower).

An electric-assisted bicycle is one with two or three wheels, that:
Effective August 1, 2012, Minn. Stat. § 169.011 sub 27, an electric-assisted bicycle is no longer required to be registered or titled.

  • has a saddle and fully operable pedals for human propulsion

  • meets the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standards in Code of Federal Regulations, title 49, sections 571.1 et seq.; and

  • has an electric motor that

    • (i) has a power output of not more than 1,000 watts,

    • (ii) is incapable of propelling the vehicle at a speed of more than 20 miles per hour,

    • (iii) is incapable of further increasing the speed of the device when human power alone is used to propel the vehicle at a speed of more than 20 miles per hour, and

    • (iv) disengages or ceases to function when the vehicle's brakes are applied.

Initial Registration

  • Determine registration tax, which is found in the front section of the Tax Manual[GA1] 
  • Issue moped plates and appropriate year validation stickers.
  • Provide customer with the validated owner's copy of the PS2000.


Registration Renewal

  • Renewal notices are mailed to the owner of record in late December.
  • Registration may be renewed when deputies have the proper year validation stickers in stock.
  • Issue appropriate year validation sticker.
  • Validate the top portion of the renewal notice. This is the customer's proof of registration