Chapter 18, Section A:
Mopeds

Revised August 25, 2008


Moped defined (66-1-4.11E)

A moped is a two-wheeled or three-wheeled vehicle with an automatic transmission and a motor having a piston displacement of less than 50 cubic centimeters, that is capable of propelling the vehicle at a maximum speed of not more than 30 miles an hour on level ground, at sea level.

A moped driver must be licensed (66-5-2 and 66-3-1101)

The driver of a moped on a highway in New Mexico is required to hold a valid driver's license or permit.


Motor Vehicle Code Not Applicable to Mopeds (66-3-1101)

None of the provisions of the Motor Vehicle Code relating to motor vehicles or motorcycles apply to mopeds, except that:

  • mopeds are required to comply with those motor vehicle safety standards deemed necessary and prescribed by the Director of the Motor Vehicle Division; and
  • moped drivers are required to hold a valid driver's license or permit

The Motor Vehicle Division is neither required nor authorized to title or register mopeds.