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DOTS to Require Registration of E-scooters, E-bikes; Process Opens July 24

By Maryland Today Staff

J. David Allen, executive director of the Department of Transportation Services, sent the following email to the campus community today:

In recent years the UMD campus community, like many cities and communities around the world, has seen the popular adoption of motorized micromobility vehicles, such as e-scooters and e-bikes. When operated safely, micromobility vehicles are a quick, convenient and sustainable way to get around campus.

To facilitate safe riding, the university has engaged in safety education efforts and has added and enhanced signage and road/sidewalk markings to increase awareness of regulations and safe practices. Additionally, the university is in the process of implementing and exploring infrastructure improvements. Mandatory registration of e-scooters and e-bikes is the next step in creating a safe and responsible campus transportation environment.

Registration for e-bikes and e-scooters will open on July 24. Beginning Oct. 2, all privately owned electric scooters and electric bicycles are expected to be registered with DOTS. After Oct. 2, unregistered vehicles will be subject to penalties including fines, booting or impoundment. The Veo Fleet will conform to the same identification system.

E-scooters and e-bikes are registered in-person at the Department of Transportation Services (DOTS) office in the Regents Drive Garage (open from 8:15 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays). When you arrive, please have the following ready:

  • Your UID
  • Your e-scooter or e-bike
  • Your vehicle’s make, model and serial number

A registration sticker will be applied to the vehicle and display a unique five-digit identification number that will assist with enforcement (sidewalk riding and other moving violations, parking infractions, etc.). There is no cost to register.

Pedal bikes are also required to register, but follow a separate process powered by Bike Index.

Visit for more information on how to register, registration FAQs, e-scooter and e-bike regulations and safety tips. If you have questions or concerns, please email or call 301.314.3687.

Thank you for your cooperation on this important issue. Together, we can build a safe transportation environment at UMD.


J. David Allen
Executive Director, Department of Transportation Services

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