Yes, it's true. I got pulled over on my pocket bike the other day. I just bought the thing and I rode it half a block from my driveway just to test it out and I got pulled over. The officer threatened to take it away and lectured me about not having DOT approved headlights and turnsignals and yada yada, but he was nice and let me keep it. Maybe 'cause I was wearing all my gear and I actually had an M1 license.