If you are thinking about buying a new electric scooter for a child in your life, you may be wondering what the age limit is to be able to ride modern e-scooters.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • When it comes to riding an electric scooter, the age limit will vary depending on the state or location of the rider.
  • Typically, this age limit will be 11 years old to 18 years old, but each state and city has different rules.
  • Also, many states require that electric scooter users have a valid driver’s license or at least a driver’s permit.

How Old Do You Have to be to Ride an Electric Scooter?

The age limit to ride an e-scooter varies depending on where you live. This age limit can be as young as 11 years old all the way up to 18 years old.

Laws and Licensing Regarding Electric Scooters

Before you purchase an electric scooter for your kid or for someone else’s kid, read up on local laws and licensing requirements in your location. We have assembled some of the laws and regulations you are likely to encounter and some suggestions on how to adhere to them while still allowing a child to use an e-scooter.

Age Limits

As previously mentioned, there could be a strict age limit to ride an electric scooter. In Minnesota, for instance, this age limit is 12 years old. In California, the age limit is 16 years old. Check with your local regulatory agency to find the age limit in your state, city, or municipality. Some companies like Razor do create electric scooters designed primarily for children of all ages. These kid-friendly scooters can occasionally circumvent local laws and regulations as they tend to feature less powerful motors than those aimed at adults. That is why it is important to check how many watts your electric scooter will need.

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California, for instance, requires scooter riders to have a valid license or permit.

Licenses and Permits

In addition to age limits, some states will require riders to have a valid driver’s license or driving permit before using an electric scooter. This will automatically increase the age limit to at least 15, as that is typically the youngest a teenager can obtain a learner’s permit. California, for instance, requires scooter riders to have a valid license or permit. It is important to remember that in most areas, a juvenile of 16 or older can be treated as an adult when it comes to traffic violations. Check your local regulatory agency for rules about licenses and permits.

Safety Requirements

In addition to age limits and licensing requirements, many states require that scooter riders wear appropriate safety gear at all times. This includes helmets, kneepads, arm pads, and related pieces of safety equipment. We recommend wearing safety gear even if it is not required by law. Still on safety it is also important to learn how to fix the brakes on an e-scooter just in case.

Warning

It is important to remember that in most areas, a juvenile of 16 or older can be treated as an adult when it comes to traffic violations.

F.A.Q.

Is there a speed limit for e-scooters?

This depends on your city, state, or municipality. The speed limit can be non-existent or it can be 15 to 20 miles per hour. Be sure to read up on any local laws and regulations regarding speed limits.


Who do I call to report an e-scooter that is damaged or unsafe for riding?

You can contact your local regulatory agency or contact the scooter manufacturer. Each of these options will provide you with the information you need.


Do e-scooter riders have to wear a helmet?

Some cities and states require e-scooter riders to wear a helmet while others do not. We still recommend wearing a helmet even if it is not required by law. This will help prevent injury.



STAT: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has established that mopeds and scooters are responsible for over 20% of traumatic brain injuries. (source)

Lawrence Bonk

Lawrence Bonk is a copywriter with a decade of experience in the tech space, with columns appearing in Engadget, Huffington Post and CBS, among others. He has a cat named Cinnamon.

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