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National Helmet Law Chart

Rundown from state to state.


Kingdom Riders assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of information included in this comprehensive chart. Every effort has been made, however, to ensure that the information is correct at the time of publication. 
State Safety Helmet State Funded Rider Ed  Eye Protec- tion Daytime Headlight Pssngr Seat Pssngr Foot-
rests
Pssngr Age
Limits
Helmet Speakers Mirror Left (L), Right (R) Periodic Safety Insp. Radar Det. 65 mph Speed Limit
AL x #   17 > >     x     *
AK x-4,8 x-13 x-15 > >   " x (L,R) x-27   *
AZ x-4 #-12 x-14 17 > >     x x-28   *
AR x-6   x x-17 > >     x x   *
CA x #-6,12   x-17,20 > >   24 x x-27   *
CO   #-12 x 17 > >     x x-27   *
CT x-4,9 #-4,12 x-14 x-17,21 > >     x x-27    
DE x-1,2,5,9 #-4,12,13 x 17 > >     x x    
FL x-35 #-6,12,13 x x-17 > >     x     *
GA x #-12,13 x-14 x-17 > >   25 x     *
HI x-1,4 # x-14   > > 23   x x    
ID x-4 #-6   17 > >       x   *
IL   #-4,12,13 x-9 x-17 > >     x     *
IN x-4,9 #-12 x-4 x-17,18 > >           *
IA   #-11,12   x-17,19 > >     x     *
KS x-4 #-12 x-14 x-20 > >     x (L) x-27   *
KY x-6 #-12 x   > >     x     *
LA x-34 #-12 x-14 17 > >     x (L) x   *
ME x-7 #-11,13   x > >     x x   *
MD x-1 #-4 x-14   > >   24 x (L,R) x-29   *
MA x # x-9,14 17 > >   " x x   *
MI x #-4,12 x-14,16 17 > >     x x-27   *
MN x-4,9 #-4 x-30 x-17 > >   24 x x-27   *
MS x                 x   *
MO x #-12,31   17           x   *
MT x-4 #-12   x-17 > >     x     *
NE x #-12,13   17 > >           *
NV x #-12 x-14 17 > >     x (L,R)     *
NH x-4 #-12 x-14 17 > >     x x   *
NJ x-1 # x-9,14 17 > >     x x    
NM x-1,4 #-4,12,13 x-14 17 > >     x x-27   *
NY x-1   x x-17 > >   24 x x   *30
NC x #   x-17 > >     x x   *
ND x-1,4 #-10   17 > >     x     *
OH x-3,4 #-4 x-14 17 > >     x x-27   *
OK x-4   x-14 x-17 > >     x (L,R) x   *
OR x #-5,12   x-17 > >     x x-27   *
PA x #-12,13 x 17 > >   25 x-19,26 x   *
RI x-3,6,8 #-11,12,13 x   > >   " x x    
SC x-1,6   x-6,14 x-17 > >     x x   *
SD x-4 #-12,13 x-14 17 > >     x     *
TN x #-12 x-14 x-17 > >     x     *
TX x-6,32 #-4   17 >       x x   *
UT x-4 #-12   17 > >     x x   *
VT x-1 # x-14 17 > >     x x   *
VA x #-12 x-14 17 > >     x x " *
WA x #-4 x-14 x-17 > > 22   x (L,R) x-27   *
WV x-1 #-12,13 x x > >     x x   *
WI x-4,9 #-4,12 x-9,15 x-17 > >     x x-27   *
WY x-4 #   x-17 > >     x     *
DC x   x-14 17 > >     x x "  
PR x   x x > >     x      
CAN x                      


LEGEND:

* In effect on designated rural interstate highways
x Required by law
# Available for all eligible applicants
" Prohibited to use or possess
> Required if carrying a passenger
1 Reflectorization required.
2 Must have in possession.
3 Required for novice riders.
4 Required under age 18.
5 Required under age 19.
6 Required under age 21.
7 Required under age 15 with learnerís permit or for one year after obtaining license.
8 Required for passengers.
9 Required for instructional permit holders.
10 Required under age 16.
11 Required for first-time applicants.
12 May waive skills test for successful completion of rider education.
13 May waive knowledge test for successful completion of rider education.
14 Required unless equipped with windscreen.
15 Required unless equipped with windscreen that is 15" or higher above handlebars.
16 Required at speeds over 35 mph.
17 Modulating headlight permitted.
18 Required for vehicles manufactured after 1/15/56.
19 Required for vehicles manufactured after 4/1/77.
20 Required for vehicles manufactured during or after 1978.
21 Required for vehicles manufactured during or after 1980.
22 Prohibits passengers under age 5.
23 Prohibits passengers under age 7.
24 Single earphone only.
25 To be used for communication purposes only.
26 Required by inspection regulations.
27 Random.
28 Annual emissions, some areas.
29 Upon title transfer.
30 Effective 8/1/95.
31 Effective 8/28/95.
32 Over 21 exempt with proof of completion of riders safety course, or with proof of medical insurance in amount of at least $10,000.
33 Over 21 exempt with sticker - obtained from State after presenting DMV with proof of insurance.
34 Over 18 exempt with proof of medical insurance in the amount of at least $10,000.
35 Over 21 exempt with proof of medical insurance in the amount of at least $10,000.

 

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