Motorcycle Helmet Laws in the United States
Recently, some states have reconsidered their policy regarding wearing a helmet and riding a motorcycle. Click on one of the states below to find out more about the motorcycle helmet law in your state.
Federal Motorcycle Helmet Law
When a state requires motorcycle operators and/or riders to wear a helmet, the helmet must, at a minimum, comply with the United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Motorcycle Vehicle Safety Standard 218.
State Motorcycle Helmet Law
Many states that have mandatory helmet laws reserve the right to establish stricter standards than that required under federal law. Because these standards are subject to change at any time, it is advisable to check with the appropriate state authority before operating or riding on a motorcycle in any state where the authority is empowered to establish stricter standards.
If you are a biker, you need to know your state’s helmet law. Additionally, if you are planning a trip that crosses state borders, you must comply with that state’s law. This resource gives bikers a quick overview of each state’s helmet law.
Need more information on state laws? Learn more about the laws where you live.