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Electric bicycles are still in a gray area concerning the legality in most states. Under the federal law, an electric bicycle is legal if 1) it does not go faster than 20 mph and 2) it requires the rider to pedal along with the motor.

In New York State, electric bicycles are considered illegal because they fall under the broader category of "motorized bicycles." This includes any two-wheeled vehicle with a motor. As of 2011, there is legislation in process that will legalize electric bicycles with motors up to 1000 watts in New York State.

If you want to check the laws concerning electric bikes in your state, click on the link to your local DMV for research on registration and license requirements.

Alabama, AL
Department of Revenue
http://www.ador.state.al.us/motorvehicle/

Alaska, AK
Division of Motor Vehicles
http://www.state.ak.us/local/akpages/ADMIN/dmv/

Arizona, AZ
Motor Vehicle Division
http://www.dot.state.az.us/mvd/

Arkansas, AR
Office of Motor Vehicles
http://www.state.ar.us/dfa/motorvehicle/

California, CA
Department of Motor Vehicles
http://www.dmv.ca.gov/

Colorado, CO
Motor Vehicle Business Group
http://www.mv.state.co.us/

Connecticut, CT
Department of Motor Vehicles
http://www.ct.gov/dmv/site/

Delaware, DE
Department of Motor Vehicles
http://www.dmv.de.gov/

District of Columbia, DC
Department of Motor Vehicles
http://dmv.washingtondc.gov/

Florida, FL
Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
http://www.hsmv.state.fl.us/

Georgia, GA
Department of Motor Vehicle Safety
http://www.dmvs.ga.gov/

Hawaii, HI
Department of Transportation
http://www.state.hi.us/dot/

Idaho, ID
Transportation Department
http://www2.state.id.us/itd/dmv/

Illinois, IL
Vehicle Services Department
http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/vehicles/home.html

Indiana, IN
Bureau of Motor Vehicles
http://www.in.gov/bmv/

Iowa, IA
Motor Vehicle Division
http://www.dot.state.ia.us/mvd/

Kansas, KS
Department of Revenue
http://www.ksrevenue.org/vehicle.htm

Kentucky, KY
Transportation Cabinet
http://www.kytc.state.ky.us/

Louisiana, LA
Office of Motor Vehicles
http://omv.dps.state.la.us/

Maine, ME
Bureau of Motor Vehicles
http://www.state.me.us/sos/bmv/

Maryland, MD
Motor Vehicle Administration
http://mva.state.md.us/

Massachusetts, MA
Registry of Motor Vehicles
http://www.state.ma.us/rmv/

Michigan, MI
Secretary of State
http://www.michigan.gov/sos/

Minnesota, MN
Department of Public Safety
http://www.dps.state.mn.us/dvs/

Mississippi, MS
Motor Vehicle Commission
http://www.mmvc.state.ms.us/

Missouri, MO
Department of Revenue
http://www.dor.state.mo.us/mvdl/

Montana, MT
Department of Justice
http://www.doj.state.mt.us/driving/

Nebraska, NE
Department of Motor Vehicles
http://www.dmv.state.ne.us/

Nevada, NV
Department of Motor Vehicles
http://www.dmvnv.com/

New Hampshire, NH
Division of Motor Vehicles
http://www.nh.gov/safety/dmv/

New Jersey, NJ
Motor Vehicle Commission
http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/

New Mexico, NM
Motor Vehicle Division
http://www.state.nm.us/tax/mvd/

New York, NY
Department of Motor Vehicles
http://www.nydmv.state.ny.us/

North Carolina, NC
Division of Motor Vehicles
http://www.dmv.dot.state.nc.us/

North Dakota, ND
Department of Transportation
http://www.state.nd.us/dot/

Ohio, OH
Bureau of Motor Vehicles
http://www.state.oh.us/odps/division/bmv/bmv.html

Oklahoma, OK
Motor Vehicle Division
http://www.oktax.state.ok.us/mvhome.html

Oregon, OR
Driver and Motor Vehicle Services
http://www.odot.state.or.us/dmv/

Pennsylvania, PA
Driver and Vehicle Services
http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/

Rhode Island, RI
Division of Motor Vehicles
http://www.dmv.state.ri.us/

South Carolina, SC
Division of Motor Vehicles
http://www.scdmvonline.com/

South Dakota, SD
Motor Vehicle Division
http://www.state.sd.us/drr2/motorvcl.htm

Tennessee, TN
Title and Registration Division
http://www.state.tn.us/safety/title.html

Texas, TX
Department of Transportation
http://www.dot.state.tx.us/vtr/vtrreginfo.htm

Utah, UT
Division of Motor Vehicles
http://dmv.utah.gov/

Vermont, VT
Department of Motor Vehicles
http://www.aot.state.vt.us/dmv/

Virginia, VA
Department of Motor Vehicles
http://www.dmv.state.va.us/

Washington, WA
Department of Licensing
http://www.dol.wa.gov/

West Virginia, WV
Division of Motor Vehicles
http://www.wvdot.com/6_motorists/dmv/6G_DMV.HTM

Wisconsin, WI
Department of Transportation
http://www.dot.state.wi.us/drivers/

Wyoming, WY
Motor Vehicle Services
http://dot.state.wy.us/web/vehicle_services/titles.html