Iowa Moped Laws
Iowa Moped Laws
A bicycle is classified as one of the following:
(1) A device having two wheels and having at least one
saddle or seat for the use of a rider, which is propelled by human power.
(2) A device having two
or three wheels with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 watts (one
horsepower), whose maximum speed on a paved level surface, when powered solely by such a
motor while ridden, is less than 20 miles per hour.
New Moped Definition
A "motorized bicycle," or moped, is motor vehicle having a saddle or a seat for the use of a rider,
designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, and not capable of
operating at a speed in excess of 30 miles per hour on level ground unassisted by human power. The maximum
speed of 30mph needs to be printed on the certificate of origin from the manufacturer.
The new definition for a moped written above replaces the reference
to "an engine having a displacement of no greater than 50c.c." The change
in the definition allows electric motors or electric engines to be used as
a source for moped propulsion.
Additionally, for a moped to be classified as a motor vehicle, it must be able to travel at a speed of atleast 20mph
while driving up a 3 percent grade. If a vehicle cannot go 20mph up a 3 percent grade, it is not permitted to be operated on
Iowa's streets and roadways
Any person with an adult operator's license, chaufferur license, commercial driver's license or an intermediate license may operate a moped. No motorcycle license is required.
If someone does not have an adult operator's license, they are still allowed to drive a moped if they fall into one of the categories below.
Adults (age 18 and older) who do not have a driver's license must be issued a moped permit. The
standard operator's knowledge examination and a vision screening are required. Skills testing
may be required at the discretion of the driver’s licensing examiner
Persons age 16 through 17 who do not have at least an intermediate license must be issued a
moped permit, under the same conditions as listed in the previous paragraph.
Persons age 14 through 15 must be issued a moped permit, but must first complete a moped
rider education course approved by the Iowa Department of Transportation. The standard
operator's knowledge examination and a vision screening are required. Skills testing may be
required at the discretion of the DOT examiner.
Moped traffic laws
Helmets are not required to operate a moped or motorcycle
Passengers are not allowed on any mopeds.
A moped must be equipped with a safety flag that extends not less than 5 feet above the ground
attached to the rear of the moped. The safety flag must be triangular in shape, with an area of not less
than 30 square inches, and be Day-Glo in color.
Mopeds may not be operated side by side in the same traffic lane.
Mopeds must not be operated between lanes of traffic, adjacent lines or rows of vehicles.
Mopeds must have a lighted headlamp at all times when operated on a public street or roadway.
Moped operators must not carry a package, bundle or other article that prevents the operator
from keeping both hands on the handlebars.
To register any motor vehicle in Iowa, you must have the Manufacturer's certification label
on your vehicle stating that the it meets federal moter vehicle safety standard. Without a manufacturer's
certification label, vehicles cannot be titled or registered.
Iowa Department of Transportation
Registering and Titling Mopeds from the Iowa Department of Transportation