Maryland State Electric Bike Laws

Maryland State Electric Bike Laws

How does Maryland define what an electric bike is?

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.

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

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

What are the laws around helmets in Maryland?

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

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

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Laws and policies can change at any time rendering the above information outdated and non-applicable.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


Maryland Department of Transportation 
Maryland Transportation Code