You must have a Driver's License or Driver Authorization Card (any class) to operate a moped on public streets.
Moped owners in Nevada must obtain a moped license plate and pay one-time registration fees under Senate Bill 404 (SB 404), which was passed in the 2015 Nevada Legislature as a measure to combat moped theft.
The DMV began moped registration November 1. Law enforcement may begin issuing citations to unregistered mopeds on January 1.
Because SB 404 is an anti-theft measure, other laws on mopeds have not changed. A driver’s license of any class is required to ride on public streets. Mopeds remain exempt from insurance and helmet laws.
Moped Laws at a Glance
- Vehicle registration and a license plate are now required in Nevada.
- Owners must register their vehicle one time only. The registration will remain valid as long as the owner retains the vehicle. Annual renewal is not required.
- 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 is not required
- Liability insurance is not required
- Moped dealers and rental companies must obtain a DMV business license. See Occupational and Business Licensing.
“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)
How to Register Your Moped Top ↑
- You must bring the vehicle to a DMV office for an inspection. This is completed at the VIN inspection station at larger DMV offices. In rural counties where there is no DMV, the Sheriff’s Office may complete the inspection. Use the Moped Registration Application/Inspection (VP 30) form.
- The inspection will determine whether the vehicle meets the definition of a moped and establish the Vehicle Identification Number. If the vehicle is determined to be a motorcycle, the owner will have to comply with all motorcycle laws.
- Moped registration must be done in-person at a DMV office. Make an appointment in Carson City, Las Vegas and Reno (arrive early to complete the inspection).
- If you purchased your vehicle from a dealer, be sure to bring all of the paperwork including the Dealer's Report of Sale.
- Registration fees for a typical moped will total approximately $60. This includes a $33 registration fee, one year of Governmental Services Taxes based on vehicle value, license plate fees and miscellaneous charges. Tax exemptions and fee credits can be applied.
- Mopeds are issued a distinctive license plate. A handicapped version is available.
- The DMV will issue a title for a moped if the owner meets the requirements. If not, the DMV will issue a registration only. Bring your Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin, any existing title any sales contract or receipts. Titling is required if the vehicle is determined to be a motorcycle.
Make an appointment! DMV offices in Las Vegas, Reno and Carson City offer appointments. Plan to arrive about a half hour early to complete your vehicle inspection. See Dash Pass to book your appointment.
- A moped must be inspected to verify that it meets the definition of a moped.
- The primary factor in determining if it meets the definition is the engine size (50 cc or less, or 1500 watts or less output).
- The owner must bring the moped to the DMV, if they live in a county that has a DMV office.
- Residents of Douglas, Esmeralda, Eureka, Lander, Lincoln and Storey counties may take the moped to either the Sheriff’s Office in that county or a DMV office in another county.
- The Moped Registration Application/Inspection form includes a section for VIN verification.
- The fee for a moped inspection/VIN inspection is $1.
- A new moped inspection will be required whenever ownership is transferred or a new registration is completed.
Safety Equipment Top ↑
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 are considered off-highway motor vehicles and may not be operated on public streets.
This moped has the proper safety equipment and may be driven on public streets if it is designated for on-highway use.
This moped is not properly equipped. It is an off-highway vehicle and may not be driven on public streets. It may not be converted to on-highway use.