A moped or scooter can be a fun way to save gas and look dorky-cool as you ride around town. However, if you live in Illinois, you need a license and insurance to ride a moped, and your standard driver’s license won’t cut it.
You’ll definitely need to check the engine of the moped or scooter to determine which type of license that you need. Scooters and mopeds under 150cc require a Class L license, while bikes 150cc and over require a Class M license (which is a motorcycle license).
Getting a license for your moped or scooter is fairly easy in Illinois. There are two ways to go about this. You could complete an IDOT training course, which will allow you to get a Class M or Class L license without taking any written or road tests at the DMV, although these tests will be included as a part of the course. To find an IDOT training course near you, call your local DMV and ask for advice. Be sure to pronounce it as “IDOT,” not “IDIOT,” or they may get angry (trust me, I’ve made this mistake).
If you’re not big on taking classes, you can simply stroll into your DMV with the appropriate paperwork and take both a written and a driving test on a motorcycle or scooter to get your license. You’ll need your state ID or driver’s license, if you have one, and identification. Ask your DMV what types of identification that they accept before you show up, and make sure that you actually know how to ride a moped or scooter before you get there. Illinois road tests can be a bit tough depending on the DMV that you visit, but you can make them a bit easier by choosing a maneuverable bike-much of the road test will be going around stuff, so practice with a moped-riding friend for the best possible results.
When you earn your Class L or Class M license, you’ll need to keep it with you whenever you’re driving your moped. Remember, if you only get a Class L license, you cannot ride a 150cc bike legally, so don’t try it, and if you can’t decide which type of license to get, you might as well go for the Class M license. Illinois will also charge you a $65 registration fee for your moped in addition to charges for the license, so keep this in mind as you head in to the DMV. You don’t want to spend any more time there than you have to spend.
Do you have any questions or tips about owning a moped or scooter in Illinois? Post in the comments section below.