Texas Moped LawsMoped Defintion
A motor driven cycle whose speed attainable in one mile is not more than 30 miles per hour and that is equipped with a motor that produces not more than two-brake horsepower. If an internal combustion engine is used, the piston displacement may not exceed 50 cubic centimeters and the power drive system may not require the operator to shift gears.Motorcycle Definition
Every motor vehicle having a saddle for the use of the rider and designed to propel itself with not more than three (3) wheels in contact with the ground but excluding a tractor.Motor-driven cycle Definition
A motorcycle equipped with a motor that has an engine piston displacement of 250 cubic centimeters or less.Moped License requirements
A moped operatorís license is required for operators of mopeds. A person must be at least fifteen (15) years old to be issued a license to operate a moped. The department shall examine applicants for that type of license by administering to them a written examination concerning traffic laws applicable to the operation of mopeds. No test involving the operation of the vehicle is required. All applicable provisions of this Act governing restricted operatorís licenses for the operation of motorcycles only also apply to moped operatorís licenses, including provisions relating to the application, issuance, duration, suspension, and cancellation of those licenses.Helmet Laws
Effective September 1, 1997, persons at least 21 years old are exempt from wearing a motorcycle helmet if they:
Mopeds and motorcycles are required to be registered in Texas. The annual registration fee for mopeds and motorcycles is $30.30.Registration and a title are required to obtain insurance.
After purchasing a moped, when you file the title application, you must pay the motor vehicle sales tax, which is 6.25 percent of the purchase price.You must also provide proof of liability insurance when you title and/or register your vehicle, so take your insurance card.Other Laws
Laws that apply to a bicycle also apply to a moped, other than a provision that by its nature cannot apply to a moped.