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New York Helmet Laws

Current U.S. Motorcycle Helmet Laws

September 2005
Also See: New York Motorcycle Insurance Laws

State

Motorcycle helmets

 

Bicycle helmets
(Local law may require helmet use for some or all bicyclists)

Universal law
(covers all riders)
Partial law
(covers young riders or some adult riders)
Bicyclists covered by state law No state law
Alabama X   15 and younger  
Alaska   17 and younger1   X
Arizona   17 and younger   X
Arkansas   20 and younger   X
California X   17 and younger  
Colorado no motorcycle helmet use law   X
Connecticut   17 and younger 15 and younger  
Delaware   18 and younger 15 and younger  
District of Columbia X   15 and younger  
Florida   20 and younger2 15 and younger  
Georgia X   15 and younger  
Hawaii   17 and younger   15 and younger  
Idaho   17 and younger     X
Illinois no motorcycle helmet use law     X
Indiana   17 and younger     X
Iowa no motorcycle helmet use law     X
Kansas   17 and younger     X
Kentucky   20 and younger2,3     X
Louisiana X     11 and younger  
Maine   14 and younger3   15 and younger  
Maryland X     15 and younger  
Massachusetts X     1 through 16 (riding with children younger than 1 prohibited)  
Michigan X       X
Minnesota   17 and younger3     X
Mississippi X       X
Missouri X       X
Montana   17 and younger     X
Nebraska X       X
Nevada X       X
New Hampshire no motorcycle helmet use law   15 and younger (eff. 1/1/06)  
New Jersey X     16 and younger 
(eff. 3/1/06)
 
New Mexico   17 and younger     X
New York X     1 through 13 (riding with children younger than 1 prohibited)  
North Carolina X     15 and younger  
North Dakota   17 and younger4     X
Ohio   17 and younger5     X
Oklahoma   17 and younger     X
Oregon X     15 and younger  
Pennsylvania   20 and younger6   11 and younger  
Rhode Island   20 and younger6   15 and younger  
South Carolina   20 and younger     X
South Dakota   17 and younger     X
Tennessee X     15 and younger  
Texas   20 and younger2     X
Utah   17 and younger     X
Vermont X       X
Virginia X       X
Washington X       X
West Virginia X     14 and younger  
Wisconsin   17 and younger3     X
Wyoming   18 and younger     X

1Alaska's motorcycle helmet use law covers passengers of all ages, operators younger than 18, and operators with instructional permits.

2In Florida and Kentucky, the law requires that all riders younger than 21 yrs. wear helmets, without exception. In Florida, those 21 yrs. and older may ride without helmets only if they can show proof that they are covered by a medical insurance policy. Texas exempts riders 21 yrs. or older if they either 1) can show proof of successfully completing a motorcycle operator training and safety course or 2) can show proof of having a medical insurance policy.

3Motorcycle helmet laws in Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, and Wisconsin also cover operators with instructional/learner's permits. Maine's motorcycle helmet use law also covers passengers 14 years and younger and passengers if their operators are required to wear a helmet.

4North Dakota's motorcycle helmet use law covers all passengers traveling with operators who are covered by the law.

5Ohio's motorcycle helmet use law covers all operators during the first year of licensure and all passengers of operators who are covered by the law.

6Rhode Island's motorcycle helmet use law covers all passengers (regardless of age) and all operators during the first year of licensure (regardless of age). Pennsylvania's motorcycle helmet use law covers all operators during the first two years of licensure unless the operator has completed the safety course approved by the department or the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.


Information provided by: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Highway Loss Data Institute
 

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