You don't need a license for an electric motorcycle in NYC if the speed does not reach 30 miles per hour.
However if the speed of the electric motorcycle reaches speeds above 30 miles per hour then you do need a license to operate the electric motorcycle in NYC.
The bikes that are illegal in NYC are dirt bikes, mini bikes, crotch rockets, ATVs and other motorized bikes that are gasoline powered.
Bikes that are electrically operated with a battery and electric motor are legal in NYC but motorized gasoline bikes are illegal in NYC.
Electric dirt bikes that do not have a gasoline engine are legal in NYC.
However dirt bikes with gas engines are illegal in NYC and will be confiscated.
Dirt bikes are not street legal in Long Island or anywhere in NY State.
However dirt bikes are legal in Long Island and NY State as long as they are on private property or at an event that allows the dirt bikes.
If you get caught with a dirt bike in NYC you'll be fined and also likely have the dirt bike impounded and you'll never get it back.
NYC takes abuse of dirt bikes on their roads very seriously and they will crush your dirt bike if caught with the dirt bike in NYC.
Dirt Bikes are illegal in NYC.
You cannot legally ride or operate a dirt bike in NYC or on NY State roadways.
You can register a quad or ATV in NYC but you cannot make a quad or ATV street legal in NYC or NY State.
Dirt bikes as well as ATV's are not street legal in NYC or NY State.
If caught riding a dirt bike or ATV on the street or public roadway in NYC or NY State the dirt bike or ATV will be impounded and then eventually destroyed and you'll receive a fine as well.
You can however legally ride your dirt bike or ATV in NY State on private land or land designated for dirt bike and ATV riding.
Motorcycles are legal in NYC as long as they are registered and insured and you have a motorcycle license.
You must not however operate your motorcycle in a rude manner or pop wheelies etc or the motorcycle can be confiscated.
You do need a motorcycle license or a license to operate the 150cc scooter in NY and NYC.
You must have a driver license and register your moped to drive it on streets and highways.
There are exceptions to these requirements listed in the table below.
You can never operate a moped down a sidewalk.
The DMV classifies a moped as a Class A, Class B or Class C limited use motorcycle according to its top speed.
Vespas are legal in NYC as long as they are registered and insured.
New York Department of Motor Vehicles (MVD) treats them very seriously.
Mopeds and scooters, just like motorcycles, require full registration and a driver's license to operate.
Electric scooters also known as E Scooters are allowed in NYC or New York City.
Effective August 2, 2020 - the law allows people to operate electric scooters (e-scooters) and bicycles with electric assist (e-bikes) on some streets and highways in New York State.
The electric scooters have handlebars and a floorboard or seat, and may be powered by electric and/or human power.
You must not operate an e-scooter in excess of 15 MPH.
E-scooters may be ridden in bike lanes and on streets with speed limits no greater than 30 MPH.
Hoverboards are illegal to ride in NYC.
You cannot legally ride a Hoverboard on NYC sidewalks or roads as they are considered to be motorized vehicles by the DMV.
It's not illegal to own a hoverboard in NYC but it's illegal to ride or operate a hoverboard in NYC.
Considered to be vehicles by the DMV, the hoverboard is illegal to ride on the sidewalks and roads of NYC.
You may, however, find a place to ride your hoverboard outside city limits in NY State.
You can ride a hoverboard on the sidewalk anywhere outside of NYC, but it is against the law to do so in the city.
So it’s best to leave riding your hoverboard to quiet suburban streets with few drivers and pedestrians.
In NY State, under the VTL (Vehicle & Traffic Law) § 114-d, the hoverboard is considered to be an “electric personal assistive mobility device” (EPAMD), which is defined as:
“A self-balance, two non-tandem wheeled device designed to transport one person by means of an electric propulsion system, with an average output of not more than 750 watts (one horsepower), and the maximum speed of which on a paved level surface, when propelled solely by its electric propelled solely by its electric propulsion system while ridden by an operator weighing 170 pounds, is less than 12 1/2 miles per hour.”
Other EPAMDs include devices such as Segways, motorized wheelchairs, and one-wheel scooters.
They do not require a driver’s license to operate.
EPAMDs are not considered to be “motor vehicles” in NY State, so people may ride them on sidewalks outside the city.
NY suburbanites can ride their hoverboard out of their driveway and over to a neighbor’s house as they please.