How does Iowa define what an electric bike is?

The state of Iowa defines an electric bike as any device that has a saddle and fully operational pedals and an electric motor of less than 750W. The maximum allowed speed on a flat, level surface when powered solely by the motor is 20mph.

Do you need a license, insurance or registration in Iowa?

Iowa law does not require licensing or registration of electric bikes.

What are the laws around helmets in Iowa?

Iowa does not have any helmet laws.

What are the rules for riding on the road in Iowa?

Electric bikes may use roadways, bike lanes and bike paths.


Laws and policies can change at any time rendering the above information outdated and non-applicable. EVELO strongly encourages checking with City, County, State and other local agencies for the most recent laws governing the proper, legal use of electric bicycles in your area.


Iowa Department of Transportation
Iowa Legislature