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Motorcycle Laws by State

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State Motorcycle Riding Laws 2017

Helmet Laws by State

state helmet laws map



StateHelmet
required
Daytime
Headlights
Eye
Protection
Radar / Kids
/ Earphones
Yearly
Inspections
Lane*
Sharing
Blood AlcoholMax Speed
Over 21Under 21RuralUrban
Alabama Yes 15" handlebars At Sale Yes .08 .02 70 65
Alaska 18 RequiredRequiredNo Earphones Random Yes .08 .00 55 55
Arizona 18 Required Yes .08 .00 75 65
Arkansas 21 RequiredRequired Random .08 .02 70 60
California Yes Required 1 Ear Only Random Yes* .08 .02 70 65
Colorado 17 RequiredNo Earphones Random Yes .08 .02 75 65
Connecticut 18 Required Yes .08 .02 65 55
Delaware 18 Required Yes .08 .02 55 55
Florida 21 RequiredRequiredNo Earphones Yes .08 .02 70 65
Georgia Yes RequiredRequiredNo Music, 15" hbars Yes .08 .02 70 55
Hawaii 18 RequiredNo Pass Under 7 Yes Yes .08 .02 60 60
Idaho 18 .08 .02 75 75
Illinois Required1 Ear Only .08 .00 70 55
Indiana 18 18 Yes .08 .02 70 55
Iowa Yes .08 .02 70 55
Kansas 18 RequiredRequired Random Yes .08 .02 75 70
Kentucky 21 Required .08 .02 70 65
Louisiana Yes 1 Ear Only Yes Yes .08 .02 70 70
Maine 18 Required Yes Yes .08 .00 75 75
Maryland Yes Required1 Ear, 15" hbars At Sale Yes .08 .02 70 70
Massachusetts Yes RequiredNo Earphones Yes Yes .08 .02 65 65
Michigan Yes 15" handlebars Random Yes .08 .02 70 70
Minnesota 18 Required1 Ear Only Random Yes .08 .00 70 65
Mississippi Yes .08 .02 70 70
Missouri Yes Yes .08 .02 70 60
Montana 18 Required Yes .08 .02 80 65
Nebraska Yes Yes .08 .02 75 65
Nevada Yes Required Yes .08 .02 80 65
New Hampshire Required Yes Yes .08 .02 65 65
New Jersey Yes Required .08 .01 65 55
New Mexico 18 .08 .02 75 65
New York Yes Required1 Ear Only Yes Yes .08 .02 65 55
North Carolina Yes Required Yes Yes .08 .00 70 70
North Dakota 18 Yes .08 .02 75 75
Ohio 18 Required1 Ear Only Random Yes .08 .02 70 65
Oklahoma 18 RequiredRequired Random .08 .02 75 70
Oregon Yes Required Random Yes .08 .00 65 55
Pennsylvania 21 RequiredRequired1 Ear Only Yes Yes .08 .02 65 65
Rhode Island 21,P RequiredNo Earphns, 15" hbarsYes Yes .08 .02 65 55
South Carolina 21 Required21 Yes .08 .02 70 70
South Dakota 18 Required Yes .08 .02 80 80
Tennessee Yes RequiredRequired Yes .08 .02 70 70
Texas 21 Required Yes .08 .02 75 75
Utah 18 Yes Yes .08 .02 75 65
Vermont Yes Required15" handlebars Yes .08 .02 65 55
Virginia Yes RequiredNo Radar or Ear, 15"Yes No .08 .02 70 70
Washington Yes RequiredRequiredNo Pass Under 6 Yes .08 .02 70 60
Washington DC Yes No Radar Det .08 .02 55 55
West Virginia Yes RequiredRequired15" handlebars Yes .08 .02 70 65
Wisconsin 18 RequiredRequired Random Yes .08 .02 70 70
Wyoming 18 Required Yes .08 .02 75 75
Canada Yes Required No Radar Det, Music .08 .00 65 50
StateHelmet
required
Daytime
Headlights
Eye
Protection
Radar / Kids
/ Earphones
Yearly
Inspections
Lane*
Sharing
Over 21Under 21RuralUrban
Blood AlcoholMax Speed
* - Two motorcycles in a single lane.
In California Only, lane splitting is legal. Motorcycles may drive between cars, but not on shoulders.
In California, Delaware, and South Carolina you may drive a 3-wheeler with a car license. Everywhere else requires a motorcycle license.
Most states have a law that handlebars may not be above the rider's shoulders.
Eight states have a law that handlebars cannot be more than 15" above the seat, roughly your sternum.
Most states have a law that passengers must have an attached seat and footrests.



State Motorcycle Off-Road Riding Laws

State Helmet Eye
Protection
HeadlightsTaillightMufflerSpark
Arrestor
Registration Age
Alabama
Alaska
Arizona Yes
Arkansas Night Night Yes Yes Yes 12
California Night Night Yes Yes Yes
Colorado Night Night Yes Yes Yes 10
Connecticut Yes Yes 12
Delaware Yes Night Night Yes Yes Yes 12
Florida Yes
Georgia Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hawaii
Idaho Yes
Illinois
Indiana Night Night Yes 14
Iowa Night Night Yes Yes 15
Kansas Night Night
Kentucky Yes 16
Louisiana
Maine 18 ATV ATV Yes Yes Yes 10
Maryland Night Night Yes Yes 12
Massachusetts Yes Yes Yes 14
Michigan Yes Yes Night Night Yes Yes Yes 16
Minnesota 18 Yes Yes Yes 12
Missouri 18 Yes 16
Mississippi
Montana Yes
Nebraska Night Night Yes Yes
Nevada
New Hampshire 18 18 Night Night Yes Yes Yes 18
New Jersey Yes Night Night Yes Yes 16
New Mexico Yes
New York Yes Night Night Yes Yes Yes 16
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio Night Night Yes Yes 16
Oklahoma
Oregon Night Night Yes Yes 12
Pennsylvania Night Night Yes Yes 16
Rhode Island Yes Yes Yes Yes
South Carolina
South Dakota 18 Yes
Tennessee Yes
Texas Yes Yes Night Night Yes Yes Yes 14
Utah 18 Night Night Yes Yes 8
Vermont Night Night Yes Yes Yes 12
Virginia Yes
Washington Night Night Yes Yes Yes
Washington DC
West Virginia 18
Wisconsin Yes Night Night Yes Yes Yes 12
Wyoming
Canada
State Helmet Eye
Protection
HeadlightsTaillightMufflerSpark
Arrestor
Registration Age