As of today, moped riders could find themselves stopped by police if they don’t have their mopeds registered here in Virginia.
Last year, the Virginia General Assembly made registrations and titles for mopeds a requirement.
Although lawmakers gave moped owners a year to take care of titling and registration, some dealers say they fear that first-time buyers don’t know about the new requirements.
One of the reasons state officials say that they wanted to register them is because it’s so easy to steal scooters. The other thing is people that have DUIs think that they can simply buy and then drive a scooter, but now they can’t because they’re not going to be able to get a plate for it.
Under the new law, to title a moped, owners will pay a one-time fee. After that, there is a cost for registration annually. Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles administers both.