How Old Do You Have To Be To Ride A Scooter?

Riding a scooter is one of the many things we learn at a young age. However, we all have different timelines, and learning how to ride one is different for every person. 

Also, like most vehicles, varying age requirements are imposed based on your city or country of residence. Our experts have compiled some information regarding the age requirement to ride a scooter.

At What Age Can You Start Riding a Scooter?

Many countries have imposed age requirements when riding a scooter. This is a logical move since riding a scooter is quite dangerous and requires skills such as balance, awareness of the environment, and quick decision-making. 

couple riding on HiBoy S2R

This will greatly decrease accidents, especially among kids who are not yet allowed based on age restrictions. Read on further to give you an idea of states and other countries that have addressed the question “How old do you have to be to ride a scooter?”

Age Requirement in the USA

Several states have imposed age restrictions or requirements with regards to riding a scooter. Here are some examples of states with age restrictions.

State

Age Requirement and Important Notes

Alabama

The age requirement is 16 and older and requires a license and registration.

Alaska

There is no age requirement and scooters are currently not yet regulated. 

Arizona

There is no age requirement and scooters are currently not yet regulated. 

Arkansas

The age requirement is 16 and older.

California

There is no age requirement, however, riders under 18 are required to wear a helmet.

Colorado

The age requirement is 16 and older and requires a license.

Connecticut

The age requirement is 16 and older.

Delaware

There is currently no age requirement to ride a scooter.

Florida

The age requirement is 16 and older and requires a driver’s license.

Georgia

There is currently no age requirement to ride a scooter.

Hawaii

The age requirement is 15 and older.

Idaho

The age requirement is 15 and older.

Illinois

There is currently no age requirement to ride a scooter.

Indiana

There is currently no age requirement to ride a scooter.

Iowa

There is currently no age requirement to ride a scooter.

Kansas

The age requirement is 16 and older and requires a driver’s license.

Kentucky

There is currently no age requirement to ride a scooter.

Louisiana

There is currently no age requirement to ride a scooter.

Maine

There is currently no age requirement to ride a scooter.

Maryland

There is currently no age requirement to ride a scooter.

Massachusetts

There is currently no age requirement to ride a scooter.

Michigan

The age requirement is 12 and older.

Minnesota

The age requirement is 12 and older.

Mississippi

The age requirement is 14 and older.

Missouri

There is currently no age requirement to ride a scooter.

Montana

There is currently no age requirement to ride a scooter.

Nebraska

There is currently no age requirement to ride a scooter.

Nevada

The age requirement is 16 and older.

New Hampshire

There is currently no age requirement to ride a scooter.

New Jersey

There is currently no age requirement to ride a scooter. 

New Mexico

There is currently no age requirement to ride a scooter.

New York

There is currently no age requirement to ride a scooter.

North Carolina

The age requirement is 16 and older.

North Dakota

There is currently no age requirement to ride a scooter.

Ohio

There is currently no age requirement to ride a scooter.

Oklahoma

There is currently no age requirement to ride a scooter.

Oregon

The age requirement is 16 and older.

Pennsylvania

There is currently no age requirement to ride a scooter.

Rhode Island

The age requirement is 16 and older and requires a driver’s license.

South Carolina

There is currently no age requirement to ride a scooter.

South Dakota

There is currently no age requirement to ride a scooter. However, riders aged 18 and under are required to wear helmets.

Tennessee

The age requirement is 16 and older.

Texas

There is currently no age requirement to ride a scooter. 

Utah

The age requirement is 8 and older. Whereas children under 15 years of age are required to wear helmets at all times. 

Vermont

There is currently no age requirement to ride a scooter.

Virginia

The age requirement is 16 and older.

Washington

There is currently no age requirement to ride a scooter.

West Virginia

There is currently no age requirement to ride a scooter.

Wisconsin [1]

There is currently no age requirement to ride a scooter.

Wyoming

There is currently no age requirement to ride a scooter.

Age Requirement in Countries All Over the World

Country

Age Requirement

Canada

14

Australia

16

New Zealand

14

Ireland 

16

Germany

14

France

18

Spain

15

Switzerland

14

Netherlands

16

Belgium

16

Denmark

15

Norway

16

Sweden

15/16

Finland

15

Estonia

18

Lithuania

15

Latvia

14

Poland

10

Czech Republic

15

Slovakia

17

Russia

16

Ukraine

16

Turkey

18

Macedonia

16

Greece

16

Bulgaria

16

Serbia

16

Albania

18

Croatia

18

Slovenia

16

Hungary

14

Israel

18

UAE

14

India

16 to 18

Vietnam

16

Malaysia

16

Philippines

17

Singapore

16

Indonesia

17

China

18

Taiwan

18

Hong Kong

18

South Korea

13

Japan

16

Mexico

18

Brazil

18

Chile

16

Peru

18

Egypt

18

Morocco

17

South Africa

16 or 17

Conclusion

Scooters are a very convenient mode of transport. It is cost-effective, environmentally friendly, and a good form of exercise. Our transport and safety experts have collated information so you will no longer have to ask the question “how old do you have to be to ride a scooter?” 

Just make sure to check the age restrictions in your area before planning on purchasing and riding one.

Writer

Lucas Travis
Lucas Travis
Lucas is far from your regular skater boy—he is knowledgeable beyond riding basics and tricks; he knows the technicalities and specifics of every type of modern skateboards, bikes, and scooters. His passion for skateboarding inspired him to bring together a team of skateboard-lovers and experts to test new and popular models and come up with recommendations that will help every skateboard, bike or scooter enthusiasts like them.
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