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Ohio Motorcycle Helmet Law


In Ohio, all motorcycle operators under 18 and those who hold a "novice license" must wear a helmet. Ohio issues "novice licenses" to motorcycle operators 18 or older who have never previously been licensed to operate a motorcycle in Ohio or any other state or another jurisdiction recognized by Ohio law.

Additionally, all motorcycle passengers under 18 must wear a helmet, as do passengers riding with operators holding a "novice" license, regardless of the passenger's age. All operators and passengers must wear safety glasses or other protective devices at all times.

Helmets, safety glasses, and other protective devices must conform with the regulations prescribed and adopted by Ohio's Director of Public Safety. Because these regulations are subject to change, it's best to check with the Director before taking a motorcycle out on Ohio roadways.

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