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State Motorcycle Riding Laws
 

NOTE: I have done the best job I can to put this table together. However, I cannot guarantee that I have every state perfectly correct in every law. If you have more current information than I do, please email me. I believe this table and map to be accurate as of Nov 1 2004. I also believe this is the only such table on the internet.

Printable version of this page.

Helmet Laws by State









No Law
Under 18
Under 21
Everyone










StateHelmet
required
Daytime
Headlights
Eye
Protection
Radar / Kids
/ Earphones
Yearly
Inspections
Lane*
Sharing
Blood AlcoholMax Speed
Over 21Under 21RuralUrban
Alabama Yes



Yes .08 .02 70 70
Alaska 18 Required Required
Random Yes .08 .00 65 55
Arizona 18
Required
Yes Yes .08 .08 75 55
Arkansas 21 Required Required
Random
.08 .02 70 55
California Yes Required
1 Ear Only Random Yes* .08 .01 70 65
Colorado 18
Required
Random Yes .08 .02 75 65
Connecticut 18 Required Required
Random Yes .08 .02 65 55
Delaware 19 Rflct
Required
Yes
.08 .02 65 55
Florida 21 Required Required

Yes .08 .02 70 65
Georgia Yes Required Required No Music
Yes .08 .02 70 65
Hawaii 18 Rflct
Required No Pass Under 7 Yes Yes .08 .02 55 50
Idaho 18




.08 .02 75 65
Illinois
Required Required


.08 .00 65 55
Indiana 18 Required 18

Yes .08 .02 65 55
Iowa
Required


Yes .08 .02 65 55
Kansas 18 Required Required
Random Yes .08 .02 70 70
Kentucky 21
Required


.08 .02 65 55
Louisiana Yes
Required
Yes Yes .08 .02 70 55
Maine 16 Required

Yes Yes .08 .00 65 55
Maryland Yes Rflct
Required
At Sale Yes .08 .00 65 65
Massachusetts Yes
Required No Earphones Yes Yes .08 .02 65 65
Michigan Yes


Random Yes .08 .02 70 65
Minnesota 18 Required Required 1 Ear Only Random Yes .08 .00 70 65
Missouri Yes
Required
Yes
.08 .02 70 70
Mississippi Yes


Yes
.08 .02 70 60
Montana 18 Required


Yes .08 .02 75 65
Nebraska Yes



Yes .08 .02 75 65
Nevada Yes
Required

Yes .08 .02 75 65
New Hampshire

Required
Yes Yes .08 .02 65 65
New Jersey Yes Rflct


Yes
.08 .01 65 55
New Mexico 18 Rflct
Required
Random
.08 .02 75 55
New York Yes Rflct Required Required 1 Ear Only Yes Yes .08 .02 65 65
North Carolina Yes Required

Yes Yes .08 .00 70 65
North Dakota 18 Rflct



Yes .08 .02 75 55
Ohio 18
Required
Random Yes .08 .02 65 65
Oklahoma 18 Required Required


.08 .00 75 70
Oregon Yes Required

Random Yes .08 .00 65 55
Pennsylvania 21 Required Required No Music Yes Yes .08 .02 65 55
Rhode Island 21
Required No Earphones Yes Yes .08 .02 65 55
South Carolina 21 Rflct Required 21

Yes .08 .02 70 70
South Dakota 18
Required

Yes .08 .02 75 65
Tennessee Yes Required Required

Yes .08 .02 70 70
Texas 21 Required

Yes
.08 .00 70 70
Utah 18


Yes Yes .08 .00 75 65
Vermont Yes Rflct
Required
Yes
.08 .02 65 55
Virginia Yes
Required No Radar Det Yes No .08 .02 65 55
Washington Yes Required Required No Pass Under 6 Random Yes .08 .02 70 60
Washington DC Yes
Required No Radar Det Yes
.08 .02 55 55
West Virginia Yes Rflct Required Required
Yes
.08 .02 70 55
Wisconsin 18 Required Required
Random Yes .08 .00 65 65
Wyoming 18 Required


Yes .08 .02 75 60
Canada Yes Required
No Radar Det, Music

.08 .08 65 55
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.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

State Motorcycle Off-Road Riding Laws

State Helmet Eye ProtectionHeadlightsTaillightMufflerSpark
Arrestor
RegistrationAge
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 ProtectionHeadlightsTaillightMufflerSpark
Arrestor
RegistrationAge

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