How does Virginia define what an electric bike is?

The state of Virginia (VA) defines electric bikes as a bicycle with a helper motor of no more than 750w and designed to travel no faster than 25mph on level ground. Riders must be at least 14 years of age

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

The state of Virginia does not have licensing and registration requirements for electric bikes.

What are the laws around helmets in Virginia?

Helmets are required for bike riders under 16 years old.

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

Electric bikes are allowed on all roadways with a posted speed limit of less than 25mph and on bike paths when yielding to pedestrian traffic.


Laws and policies can change at any time rendering the above information outdated and non-applicable.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. Electric bikes are prohibited on sidewalks.


Virginia Department of Transportation
Virginia State Legislature