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US and Canadian Motorcycle Laws

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The following table comes from Ivan Gregory's archives. It's very old, so I would appreciate any newer information that you may have.


State/Province    Special Helmet       Eye      Lights on

                  License Law          Guards   24 Hours

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Alabama           No      Yes          No       No

Alaska            Yes     No(1,11)     Yes(13)  No

Arizona           Yes     No(2)        Yes(3)   No

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California        Yes     Yes          No       Yes(8)

Colorado          Yes     No           Yes      No

Connecticut       Yes     No(2,10)     Yes(3)   No(12)

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Delaware          Yes     No(5,4,1,10) Yes      No(12)

Florida           Yes     Yes          Yes      Yes

Georgia           Yes     Yes          Yes(3)   Yes

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Hawaii            Yes     No(2,4)      Yes(3)   No

Idaho             No      No(2)        No       No

Illinois          Yes     No           Yes      Yes

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Indiana           Yes     No(2,10)     No(2,10) Yes

Iowa              Yes     No           No       Yes(6)

Kansas            Yes     No(2)        Yes(3)   Yes(8)

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Kentucky          Yes     Yes          Yes      No

Louisiana         Yes     Yes          Yes(3)   No

Maine             Yes     No(14)       No       Yes

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Maryland          Yes     Yes          Yes(3)   No

Massachusetts     Yes     Yes          Yes(3)   Yes

Michigan          Yes     Yes          Yes(7,3) No

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Minnesota         Yes     No(2,10)     Yes(3)   Yes

              (eyewear required as of July 1, 1995)

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Mississippi       Yes     Yes          No       No

Missouri          Yes     Yes          No       No

Montana           Yes     No(2)        No       Yes

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Nebraska          Yes     Yes          No       No

Nevada            Yes     Yes          Yes(3)   No

New Hampshire     Yes     No(2)        Yes      No

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New Jersey        Yes     Yes(4)       Yes(3)   No

New Mexico        Yes     No(2,4)      Yes      No

New York          Yes     Yes(4)       Yes      Yes

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North Carolina    Yes     Yes          No       Yes

North Dakota      Yes     No(2,4)      No       No

Ohio              Yes     No(2)        Yes(3)   No

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Oklahoma          No      No(2)        Yes(3)   No

Oregon            Yes     Yes          No       Yes

Pennsylvania      Yes     Yes          Yes      No

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Rhode Island      Yes     No(11)       Yes      No

South Carolina    Yes     No(9,4)      No(9,3)  Yes

South Dakota      Yes     No(2)        Yes(3)   No

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Tennessee         Yes     Yes          Yes(3)   Yes

Texas             Yes     Yes(4)       No       No

Utah              Yes     No(2)        No       No

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Vermont           Yes     Yes(4)       Yes(3)   No

Virginia          Yes     Yes          Yes(3)   No

Washington        Yes     Yes          Yes(3)   Yes

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West Virginia     Yes     Yes(4)       Yes      Yes

Wisconsin         Yes     No(2,10)     Yes(13)  Yes

Wyoming           Yes     No(1)        No       Yes

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D.C.              Yes     Yes          Yes      No

Alberta           Yes     Yes          No       Yes

British Columbia  Yes     Yes          No       Yes

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Manitoba          Yes     Yes          No       Yes

New Brunswick     Yes     Yes          No       No

NW Territories    Yes     Yes          No       Yes

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Nova Scotia       Yes     Yes          No       Yes

Ontario           Yes     Yes          No       Yes

P. Edward Isle.   Yes     Yes          No       Yes

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Quebec            Yes     Yes          No       Yes

Saskatchewan      Yes     Yes          Yes(3)   No

Yukon             Yes     Yes          No       No

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Notes:



1.  Required under age 19

2.  Required under age 18.

3.  Required unless equipped with windscreen.

4.  Reflector required.

5.  Must have in possession.

6.  Required for 1977 or newer bikes.

7.  Required at speeds over 35 m.p.h.

8.  Required for 1978 or newer bikes.

9.  Required under age 21.

10. Required for instructional permit holders.

11. required for passengers.

12. Required for 1980 or newer bikes.

13. Required unless windscreen is 15 inches above handlebars.

14. Required under age 15-1/2.

Ivan Gregory suggests:

"Call 1-800-4bikers. Ask them to send you the Pocket Guide for Helmet Facts."