Maryland State Electric Bike Laws

Maryland State Electric Bike Laws, Definition & Legal Operation

Definition of Electric Bike:

The state of Maryland (MD) defines electric bikes as a bicycle with fully operational pedals, a motor of not more than 500W and a maximum speed of 20mph on flat surfaces. Electric bike motors must be design to disengage at 20mph.

Licensing and Registration:

The state of Maryland does not have any licensing or registration requirements for electric bikes.

Helmet Law:

Any person operating and motorized devices, including electric bikes, must be wearing a helmet.

Where to Ride:

Electric bikes may ride on roadways where allowed by the Maryland Transportation Authority. Electric bike riders must yield to pedestrians and roadway 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Laws and policies can change at any time rendering the above information outdated and non-applicable.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. Source: Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transportation Code Wondering where to go next?