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. § , 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.
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