How does North Carolina define what an electric bike is?

The state of North Carolina (NC) defines an electric bike as a bicycle with a small helper motor with less than 750W and a maximum speed of 25mph on flat surfaces. Riders must be at least 16 years of age.

Do you need a license, insurance or registration in North Carolina?

The state of North Carolina does not allow registration of electric bikes.

What are the laws around helmets in North Carolina?

Helmets are required for all riders.

What are the rules for riding on the road in North Carolina?

Electric bicycles are permitted to ride on all public highways and roadways with a posted speed limit of less than 25mph, on sidewalks, in bike lanes and on bike paths. Operators of electric bikes must yield the right-of-way to pedestrian and human-powered devices.


Laws and policies can change at any time rendering the above information outdated and non-applicable.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.