Do I Need a License to Ride an Electric Bike | E-Bike Questions

April 28, 2021
Do I Need a License to Ride an Electric Bike E-Bike Questions
Hey, guys. Dustin here, CEO of sixthreezero. Today, we're going to answer the question, do I need a license to ride an electric bike? Stick around.

All right. So today we're going to answer the question, do I need a license to drive an electric bike? But before we jump in, don't forget. Hit that subscribes button below. Stay in the know about everything we're doing here at sixthreezero, including our giveaways and contests. We're giving away e-bikes, bikes, and accessories. So join it.

All right. Now let's jump in. Do I need a license to drive an electric bike? Now, I'm going to speak specifically to California here. There are different laws in different cities and different states. If you Google electric bike laws in your city or your state, there's a good article that comes up. PeopleForBikes has a great article that does a lot of the laws for each individual state. I'm going to speak to California, and what I know in California is you do not need a license for an electric bike.

Now, I also talk about, what are the classifications of electric bikes, in a different video. You can check that out, but in short, more or less anything that goes less than 28 miles an hour, if its pedal assists only is an e-bike, or if it goes 20 miles or less with full throttle and pedal capability, it's an electric bike also. So in California, you do not need a license to ride an electric bike. Now, this is also becoming, I think, a topic of controversy around all the electric bikes that are coming out. We think it's great, but there are people riding them of all ages: eight, nine, 10, 11, 12.

So I think it's important to whoever's riding that we just ride safe and responsibility because they are a motorized product. But I have heard in some other states that you do need a certain class of license to drive an electric bike. I can't speak to which ones. Again, look up the laws and take a look. But I think a lot of it has to do with the power output. Specifically, with electric bikes in California, the watts of the motor needs to be less than 750. Anything above that's not can be considered a bicycle.

So from there, if you're getting into a more street legal scooter or motorcycle, you may need an endorsement on your license. Obviously, with motorcycles, you needed an endorsement on your license to drive a motorcycle on the street. Sorry, I couldn't give more specifics on each state, but again, there's a group out there called PeopleForBikes. You can Google it, PeopleForBikes, bike laws, there's an article detail each state and what is actually required and how they classify electric bikes. So I hope that helps.

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