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Motorcycle Helmet Laws by State

Some states may fine you up to $1000 for not riding with a helmet. State helmet laws and violations vary by each state, and your state may carry a stiffer fine than you might think.  Also, this is especially important if you are planning to travel across state lines. If you’re planning a road trip that crosses these borders, or would like to learn more about your own state’s helmet laws, check out our chart and infographic below.

Motorcycle Helmet Laws

 

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 Chart of motorcycle helmet laws by state

Type of Helmet LawAge RangeMaximum FinePoints on LicenseJail TimeEye Protection Required
Helmet Laws in AlabamaUniversalAll $      100.00Not SpecifiedLess than 10 daysNo
Helmet Laws in AlaskaAge-SpecificYounger than 18 $      300.00Not SpecifiedNoneYes
Helmet Laws in ArizonaAge-SpecificYounger than 18 $      250.00Not SpecifiedNoneYes
Helmet Laws in ArkansasAge-SpecificYounger than 21 $        50.00Not SpecifiedLess than 30 daysYes
Helmet Laws in CaliforniaUniversalAll $      100.00NoNoneNo
Helmet Laws in ColoradoAge-SpecificYounger than 18 $      100.00NoNoneYes
Helmet Laws in ConnecticutAge-SpecificYounger than 18 $      100.00NoNoneYes
Helmet Laws in DelawareAge-SpecificYounger than 18 $        90.00NoNoneYes
Helmet Laws in District of ColumbiaUniversalAll $        25.00NoNoneYes
Helmet Laws in FloridaAge-SpecificYounger than 21 $        30.00Not SpecifiedNoneYes
Helmet Laws in GeorgiaUniversalAll $   1,000.00Not SpecifiedLess than 12 daysYes
Helmet Laws in HawaiiAge-SpecificYounger than 18 $   1,000.00Not SpecifiedNoneYes
Helmet Laws in IdahoAge-SpecificYounger than 18 $   1,000.00NoNoneNo
Helmet Laws in IllinoisNoneN/A $               –N/AN/AYes
Helmet Laws in IndianaAge-SpecificYounger than 18 $      500.004 pointsNoneYes
Helmet Laws in IowaNoneN/A $               –N/AN/ANo
Helmet Laws in KansasAge-SpecificYounger than 18 $      500.00Not SpecifiedNoneYes
Helmet Laws In KentuckyAge-SpecificYounger than 21 $      100.00Not SpecifiedNoneYes
Helmet Laws in LouisianaUniversalAll $        50.00Not SpecifiedNoneYes
Helmet Laws in MaineAge-SpecificYounger than 18 $      500.00NoNoneNo
Helmet Laws in MarylandUniversalAll $      500.00NoNoneNo
Helmet Laws in MassachusettsUniversalAll $        35.00Not SpecifiedNoneYes
Helmet Laws in MichiganUniversalAll $               –Not SpecifiedNoneYes
Helmet Laws in MinnesotaAge-SpecificYounger than 18 $      300.00Not SpecifiedNoneYes
Helmet Laws in MississippiUniversalAll $      100.00Not SpecifiedLess than 12 daysNo
Helmet Laws in MissouriUniversalAll $        25.00NoNoneNo
Helmet Laws in MontanaAge-SpecificYounger than 18 $          5.00Not SpecifiedNoneNo
Helmet Laws in NebraskaUniversalAll $        50.00NoNoneNo
Helmet Laws in NevadaUniversalAll $      100.002 pointsLess than 6 monthsYes
Motorcycle Helmet Laws in New HampshireNoneN/A $               –N/AN/AYes
Helmet Laws in New JerseyUniversalAll $      100.00Not SpecifiedNoneYes
Helmet Laws in New MexicoAge-SpecificYounger than 18 $      300.00Not SpecifiedLess than 90 daysYes
Helmet Laws in New YorkUniversalAll $      100.00Not SpecifiedLess than 30 daysYes
Helmet Laws in North CarolinaUniversalAll $        25.50NoNoneNo
Helmet Laws in North DakotaAge-SpecificYounger than 18 $      500.002 pointsNoneNo
Helmet Laws in OhioAge-SpecificYounger than 18 $      150.00NoNoneYes
Helmet Laws in OklahomaAge-SpecificYounger than 18 $      500.00Not SpecifiedLess than 10 daysYes
Helmet Laws in OregonUniversalAll $        90.00Not SpecifiedNoneNo
Helmet Laws in PennsylvaniaAge-SpecificYounger than 21 $        25.00Not SpecifiedNoneYes
Helmet Laws in Rhode IslandAge-SpecificYounger than 21 $        85.00Not SpecifiedNoneYes
Helmet Laws in South CarolinaAge-SpecificYounger than 21 $      100.00Not SpecifiedLess than 30 daysYes
Helmet Laws in South DakotaAge-SpecificYounger than 18 $      500.00Not SpecifiedLess than 30 daysYes
Motorcycle Helmet Laws in TennesseeUniversalAll $        50.00Not SpecifiedLess than 30 daysYes
Motorcycle Helmet Laws in TexasAge-SpecificYounger than 21 $        50.00Not SpecifiedNoneNo
Helmet Laws in UtahAge-SpecificYounger than 18 $      750.00Not SpecifiedLess than 90 daysNo
Helmet Laws in VermontUniversalAll $      100.00Not SpecifiedNoneYes
Helmet Laws in VirginiaUniversalAll $      250.00Not SpecifiedNoneYes
Helmet Laws in WashingtonUniversalAll $        42.00Not SpecifiedNoneYes
Helmet Laws in West VirginiaUniversalAll $      100.00Not SpecifiedLess than 10 daysYes
Motorcycle Helmet Laws in WisconsinAge-SpecificYounger than 18 $      200.00NoNoneYes
Helmet Laws in WyomingAge-SpecificYounger than 18 $      200.00Not SpecifiedLess than 20 daysNo

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Michael Padway is a motorcycle accident attorney with over 40 years of experience in motorcycle cases. He’s been a lifelong motorcycle rider, and fanatic for its culture, advocacy, and safety. If you need assistance with a motorcycle accident, contact him at (800) 928-1511 or visit michaelpadway.com for a free consultation.