It is against the law to operate a moped faster than 35mph or on an interstate highway. Any person who operates a moped faster than 35mph is considered to be operating a motorcycle which must meet Virginia registration requirements. In addition, the operator would be required to hold a valid driver’s license with a motorcycle classification or a driver’s license restricted to operating motorcycles only.

Moped riders must be at least age 16 and obey all rules of the road. They must carry some form of government-issued photo identification (does not have to be a driver’s license) that includes name, address and date of birth. As a driver, treat moped riders with the same care given to any other vehicle driver.

Riders and passengers must wear helmets and use eye protection of the moped does not have a windshield. The moped must be titled and registered with DMV.

Although you do not need a driver’s license to operate a moped, you may not operate a moped if you have been declared a habitual offender and your license is suspended or revoked for driving while intoxicated.

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