Russ Brown Motorcycle Lawyers: Helmet Laws in the United States Summer 2013motorcycle helmet laws arizona california nevada pennsylvanai NY texas

**Before any road trip across various states make sure you check with each DMV to get the most up-to-date motorcycle helmet laws.**

Mandatory motorcycle helmet laws first came about in the late 1960s, but within a few years states began repealing, reenacting and amending their laws and in 1976 they successfully lobbied Congress to prohibit the Department of Transportation from levying fines against states without helmet laws.
Following is a lists of each state’s current helmet laws as of July 2013.
Alabama – all riders
Alaska – all riders 17 and younger and all passengers
Arizona – riders 17 and younger
Arkansas – all riders 20 and younger
California – all riders
Colorado – all riders and passengers 17 and younger
Connecticut – all riders 17 and younger
Delaware – riders 18 and younger
District of Columbia – all riders
Florida – riders 20 and younger; riders 21 and older must show proof of medical insurance to ride without a helmet
Georgia – all riders
Hawaii – riders 17 and younger
Idaho – riders 17 and younger
Illinois – no law
Indiana – all riders 17 and younger
Iowa – no law
Kansas – riders 17 and younger
Kentucky – riders 20 and younger; riders 21 and older must show proof of medical insurance to ride without a helmet
Louisiana – all riders
Maine – riders 17 and younger
Maryland – all riders
Massachusetts – all riders
Michigan – riders 20 and younger; riders 21 and older may ride without a helmet if they carry additional insurance, have passed a motorcycle safety course or have had their motorcycle endorsement for at least two years
Minnesota – all riders 17 and younger
Mississippi – all riders
Missouri – all riders
Montana – riders 17 and younger
Nebraska – all riders
Nevada –all riders
New Hampshire – no law
New Jersey – all riders
New Mexico – riders 17 and younger
New York – all riders
North Carolina –all riders
North Dakota – riders and passengers 17 and younger
Ohio – riders and passengers 17 and younger
Oklahoma – riders 17 and younger
Oregon – all riders
Pennsylvania – riders 20 and younger
Rhode Island – riders 20 and younger
South Carolina – all riders 20 and younger
South Dakota – all riders 17 and younger
Tennessee – all riders
Texas – riders 20 and younger; riders 21 and older may ride without a helmet if they complete a motorcycle operator training and safety course or have proof of additional insurance
Utah – all riders 17 and younger
Vermont – all riders
Virginia – all riders
Washington – all riders
West Virginia – all riders
Wisconsin – riders 17 and younger
Wyoming – riders 17 and younger
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Have a great summer!
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