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Do you need a motorcycle license to drive a scooter in NY?

The answer depends upon the type of scooter and how it is classified under New York law. In New York, scooters are organized into three classes:

  • Class A – can travel 30-40 MPH
  • Class B – can travel 20-30 MPH
  • Class C – can travel 20 MPH or less

Class A scooters require a motorcycle license just like a regular motorcycle. However, you can ride Class B and Class C scooters with any license, including a car driver’s license. Before you take a scooter on the road, make sure you have the correct license for operation.

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