Every person who operates a motor vehicle on the highways of the State of Alabama must first secure a driver license.
Alabama law recognizes two classes of engine equipped cycles:
- Motorcycle is defined as a motor vehicle having a seat or saddle for the use of the rider and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground but excluding a tractor.
- Motor-Driven Cycle is defined as every motorcycle, including every motor scooter, with a motor which does not exceed five brake horse-power nor exceeds 150 cubic centimeter engine displacement and weighs less than two hundred pounds fully equipped and every bicycle with motor attached.
A person who is at least 14 years of age may apply for a restricted license to operate a motordriven cycle only. Under Alabama law, a moped is considered a motor-driven cycle. The parent or guardian of any child shall not authorize or knowingly permit the child to violate any provision of the code regulating the operation of motorcycles or motor-driven cycles. Once a 14 year old is licensed to operate a motor-driven cycle, the license is valid for a four-year period for that class of vehicle. The “Class M” must appear on the license in order to operate the cycle. Restriction “B” will then apply. At age 16, the applicant may return to the driver license office and have the Restriction “B” removed.