Registration Required?

Question

Elena asked: I have a bicycle operated cafe that will be operating business in south Florida. Does the bicycle need to be registered as a vehicle? It has a small electric motor to assist on going up hills, etc. that does not exceed 20mph.

Answer

As long as your vehicle meets the statutory definition of “bicycle”, your vehicle does not need to be registered and you do not need a driver’s license.

s. 316.003 – Definitions

(3) Bicycle – Every vehicle propelled solely by human power, and every motorized bicycle propelled by a combination of human power and an electric helper motor capable of propelling the vehicle at a speed of not more than 20 miles per hour on level ground upon which any person may ride, having two tandem wheels, and including any device generally recognized as a bicycle though equipped with two front or two rear wheels. The term does not include such a vehicle with a seat height of no more than 25 inches from the ground when the seat is adjusted to its highest position or a scooter or similar device. A person under the age of 16 may not operate or ride upon a motorized bicycle.

This post contains the applicable laws.

http://flbikelaw.org/2017/02/drivers-license-required/

You should determine the state, county and city requirements are to operate your business.

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