Pennsylvania Motor-Driven Cycle Laws

Motor-Driven Cycle
Definition:
A motorcycle, including a motor scooter, with a motor, which produces horsepower not to
exceed 5 brake horsepower.

Criteria:
1. Horsepower is not more than 5 brake horsepower.
2. Inspection required.
3. Motorcycle plate issued.
4. Annual registration fee is $9.
5. Individuals who meet the following criteria are able to choose whether to wear a motorcycle
helmet:

  • The operator or any occupant of a 3-wheeled motorcycle equipped with an enclosed cab.
  • A person 21 years of age or older who has been licensed to operate a motorcycle for at least
    two years.
  • A person 21 years of age or older who has completed a motorcycle rider safety course
    approved by PennDOT or the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.
  • The passenger of a person who is exempt, if the passenger is 21 years of age or older.

6. Eye protection required.
7. Class M or a Class M with an “8” restriction required on driver’s license. NOTE: An “8”
restriction prohibits the driver from operating a motor-driven cycle with an engine that is
capable of producing more than 5 brake horsepower.

NOTE: The holder of a Class C, Non-Commercial Driver’s License is authorized to drive a
motor-driven cycle, which has an automatic transmission and a cylinder capacity not exceeding
50 cubic centimeters.