One of the recurring myths in Georgia driving law is that a license is not required to operate a moped. That myth is false.
A moped is a motor driven cycle with an engine not exceeding 50 cubic centimeters (cc's). This is defined at OCGA 40-6-1 (28).
Motor vehicles having a saddle and not more than three wheels are motorcycles. The definition excludes mopeds and tractors. So, scooters, motorbikes and minibikes are motorcycles. Motorcycles require a Class M or MP permits. Class M is a full motorcycle permit. Class MP is an instructional permit.
Even though a motorcycle permit is not required for a moped, the operator must still have a license or permit. The operator must be 15 years of age or older and have an unexpired driver's license, instructional permit, or limited permit. This is set out at OCGA 40-6-351. It states:
No person under 15 years of age shall operate a moped or an electric assisted bicycle upon the public roads and highways of this state. No person shall operate a moped upon the public roads and highways of this state unless he or she shall have in his or her possession a valid driver's license, instruction permit, or limited permit issued to him or her pursuant to Chapter 5 of this title; provided, however, that all classes of licenses, instruction permits, or limited permits issued pursuant to Chapter 5 of this title shall be valid for the purposes of operating mopeds upon the public roads and highways of this state. No license or permit shall be required for the operation of an electric assisted bicycle.
It is worth noting that moped operators must wear a helmet. Standard traffic laws apply. A moped may not be operated on a limited access highway with a minimum speed above 35 mph.
If your Georgia driver's license or privilege to drive in the state is suspended, you cannot legally operate a moped in Georgia. Even if a salesperson tells you that you can because it is less than 50 cc, you should not operate a moped when your license is suspended. The salesperson is wrong. Not having to have a motorcycle permit is different than not having to have a license or some permit.
More information is available on the Georgia Department of Drivers Services website on their page discussing motorcycle licenses.