Effective July 1, 2015, North Carolina will require the registration of mopeds under G.S. 20-53.4.


20-53.4. (Effective July 1, 2015) Registration of Mopeds

Mopeds shall be registered with the Division. The owner of the moped shall pay the same base fee and be issued the same type of registration card and plate issued for a motorcycle. In order to be registered with the Division and operated upon a highway or public vehicular area, a moped must meet the following requirements:

(1) The moped has a manufacturer's certificate of origin.

(2) The moped was designed and manufactured for use on highways or public vehicular areas. (2014-114, s. 1.)


For the definition of a moped, see the verbiage taken from

G.S. 20-4.01 below:



(21a)    Moped. - A type of passenger vehicle as defined in G.S. 105-164.3(22).



(22)      Moped. - A vehicle that has two or three wheels, no external shifting device, and a motor that does not exceed 50 cubic centimeters piston displacement and cannot propel the vehicle at a speed greater than 30 miles per hour on a level surface.

New Moped Law

Effective July 1, 2015