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Q. If the DMV distinguishes motor scooters by CC then, what about electric? CC being for gas engines.. This is stemming from another question I just asked about a motor assisted bicycle.. the motor is powered by solar electricity. I would guess it would be treated the same.


Dear Juneau Resident,

I am going to have to disagree that the 50cc benchmark is for gasoline engines only, the DMV website does not make such a distinction. There is also not any distinction about what fuel the motor uses, gas, electric, or solar. Here are the specifics from DMV:

Motorcycle / Motor-Driven Cycle Information

GENERAL INFORMATION:

Motorcycle: A vehicle having a seat or saddle for the use of the rider and designed to travel on not more than 3 wheels in contact with the ground; the term does not include a tractor nor does it include 3-wheel all-terrain vehicles.

Motor-driven cycle: A motor cycle, motor scooter, motorized bicycle or similar conveyance with 50 cc or less of displacement.

Helmet Requirements:


1) Any operator under 18
2) Any passenger on a motorcycle, regardless of age
3) Anyone with an instruction permit, regardless of age
4) Anyone taking a road test for their motorcycle license, regardless of age

MOTORCYCLE (M1) LICENSE:

An applicant for an original motorcycle license (see below for motor-driven cycle) must be at least 16 years of age and must have held an instruction permit for a minimum of 6 months, if under the age of 18. If an applicant is under 18 years of age, they must have parental consent to obtain the license.

An applicant will be required to pass the following tests prior to being issued a motorcycle license. The license fee is valid for approximately five years. The license expires on your date of birth.
•Written knowledge test (or present a valid Alaska learner's permit or driver license)
•Written motorcycle knowledge test* (or present a valid motorcycle instruction permit)
•Vision test
•Fees
•Motorcycle road test* (Motorcycle must have greater than 50 cc displacement.)

*In lieu of the written motorcycle test and the motorcycle road test, an applicant may present a card issued from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation showing they have passed one of the Motorcycle Rider Courses listed below. The course must have been successfully completed within the current or previous calendar year. Courses completed in other states will be accepted as well as those in Alaska; however, you must go to a DMV in person in order to obtain the motorcycle license.
•Easy Rider Course
•Experienced Rider Course
•Basic Rider Course
•Beginning Rider Course
•Motorcycle Rider Course

MOTOR-DRIVEN CYCLE (M2) PERMIT:

An applicant for an original motor-driven cycle permit must be 14 or 15 years of age and must have parental consent to obtain the permit.

An applicant will be required to pass the following tests prior to being issued a motor-driven cycle permit.
•Written knowledge test (or present a valid Alaska learner's permit)
•Written motorcycle knowledge test (or present a valid motorcycle instruction permit)
•Vision test
•Fees
•Motorcycle road test on a motor-driven cycle with 50 cc or less displacement



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