Moped Laws in Missouri

Does anyone no the laws for opperating a moped in the state of missouri, Like the age requirement and size and license and insurance , any help would be appreciated.

Re: Moped Laws in Missouri

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Re: Moped Laws in Missouri

You must possess a driver's license. The moped does not need to be registered or licensed. You do not need to wear a helmet. You are supposed to ride to the right of the road. The moped must be 50 cc or less, have an automatic transmission, and go a maximum of 30 mph on level ground.

Re: Moped Laws in Missouri

I gathered the following information directly from the 2001 Missouri Driver

Guide. You can access this information directly from the Missouri DOR

Motor Vehicle & Driver Licensing site at:

and by clicking on Chapter 7, Sharing the Road. The first part is for people driving cars but read on, the rest is for people driving mopeds.

Hope this helps,



Some things you should know when driving near motorcycles or bicycles:

Accidents with wrong-way bicyclists frequently occur when a motorist

wants to turn right onto a main road and is only looking left for

approaching traffic. Be sure to look right and check for wrong-way

bicyclists on the road or sidewalk before proceeding.

On residential streets, especially those with parked cars, travel at or

below the speed limit, depending on sight distance.

If you are following a bicyclist and need to make a right turn, you must

yield to the cyclist. It is often safer to slow down and remain behind

the cyclist until you are able to turn.

If you need to make a left turn, yield to oncoming bicyclists unless you

are absolutely sure you can make the turn before the cyclist reaches the


Motorcyclists and bicyclists change speed and lane position when

encountering bad road conditions, such as manhole covers, diagonal

railroad tracks, road debris or in strong winds. Be ready to react.

When you are passing, give motorcycles a full lane width. If possible,

give a full lane to bicycles and mopeds, too. Do not squeeze past these

road users. The bicycle is generally a slower moving vehicle and this

may require you to slow down. Wait for a clear stretch of road before

passing a cyclist in a lane too narrow to share.

Check for passing bicyclists before opening your car door into a traffic

lane or bicycle lane.

A bicycle lane is a portion of a roadway designated by striping for use

by bicycles. You may cross a bicycle lane when turning or when entering

or leaving the roadway. You must yield to bicyclists in a bicycle lane.


On public streets and highways, you have the same rights and

responsibilities as a motor vehicle operator. Always ride with traffic,

never against it or on the sidewalk. When operating at less than the

posted speed or traffic flow, you must ride as near to the right side of

the roadway as safe, except when making a left turn, avoiding hazards,

the lane is too narrow to share with another vehicle, on a one-way

street or going straight and adjacent to a right-turn-only lane. On a

one-way street, bicyclists may also choose to ride as far left as is

safe. Bicyclists may ride abreast when not impeding traffic. The law

does not allow you to ride a moped on any part of the federal interstate



1. The law does not require you to wear a helmet. However, wearing a

safety-certified helmet can prevent serious head injuries or death.

2. Be sure your bike is in safe condition and has all the equipment

required by law.

3. Make sure the other motorists see you. Wear bright colored clothes

and stay out of a vehicle's blind spots.

4. Make sure you signal before you slow down, change lanes or turn.

Before merging, changing lanes or turning, scan behind and in front to

ensure that it is safe to make this maneuver. Do so in plenty of time

and in cooperation with other drivers who will be affected by your move.

If it is not safe, continue on a straight course and scan repeatedly and

only move once it is safe. In conditions of heavy traffic, less

proficient bicyclist may find it easier to wait near the curb for a safe

gap to appear.

5. Be careful when passing to the left of a parked or moving vehicle.

You should leave 3 to 4 feet of clearance to avoid suddenly opened car

doors or allow for a vehicle to swerve.

6. Be extra careful at intersections. Do not assume your right-of-way

when there is a vehicle approaching.

7. Keep a steady line and be predictable as a courtesy to other traffic

and to increase your personal safety.


To drive any motorized bicycle on the public streets, you must have a

driver license.


You do not have to register your moped or bicycle and it does not have

to be inspected. However, Missouri law requires certain equipment on

mopeds and bicycles.

BRAKES - Your brakes must be able to stop you within 25 feet when

traveling 10 mph.

LIGHTS AND REFLECTORS - You must have the following lights and

reflectors when riding your bicycle from

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