Maryland Car Seat and Booster Seat Laws

Rear-Facing Car Seat

Law states no preference.

Car Seat

Children 7 years and younger or less than 57 inches tall must be in a child safety seat.

Booster Seat

Children 7 years and younger or less than 57 inches tall must be in a child safety seat.

Seat Belt

  • Children ages 8 through 15 must be secured in a seat belt.
  • Children who are at least 57 inches tall must be secured in a seat belt.

Seating Position

Law states no preference.

Fines & Penalties

Any person convicted of a violation is subject to a fine of $50.

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Source: "Child Passenger Safety Laws." Governors Highway Safety Association. Updated September 2011.

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