State Motorcycle Riders Covered by Helmet Law
Alabama All Riders
Alaska 17 yrs. and younger
Arizona 17 yrs. and younger
Arkansas 17 yrs. and younger
California All Riders
Colorado no helmet use laws
Connecticut 17 yrs. and younge
Delaware 18 yrs. and younge
D.C. All Riders
Florida 20 yrs. and younger
Georgia all riders
Hawaii 17 yrs. and younger
Idaho 17 yrs. and younger
Illinois 17 yrs. and younger
Indiana 17 yrs. and younger2
Iowa no helmet use laws
Kansas 17 yrs. and younger
Kentucky 20 yrs. and younger
Lousiana 17 yrs. and younger
Maryland all riders
Massachusetts all riders
Michigan all riders
Minnesota 17 yrs. and younger
Mississippi all riders
Missouri all riders
Montana 18 yrs. and younger
Nebraska all riders
Nevada all riders
New Hampshire 17 yrs. and younger
New Jersey all riders
New Mexico 17 yrs. and younger
New York all riders
North Carolina all riders
North Dakota 17 yrs. and younger
Ohio 17 yrs. and younger
Oklahoma 17 yrs. and younger
Oregon all riders
Pennsylvania 21 yrs. and younger
Rhode Island 20 yrs. and younger
South Carolina 20 yrs. and younger
South Dakota 17 yrs. and younger
Tennessee all riders
Texas 20 yrs. and younger
Utah 17 yrs. and younger
Vermont all riders
Virginia all riders
Washington all riders
West Virginia all riders
Wisconsin 17 yrs. and younger
Wyoming 18 yrs. and younger


*Alaska's motorcycle helmet use law covers passengers of all ages, drivers younger than 18, and drivers with instructional permits.

*Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Texas provide exceptions for riders over a certain age. In Florida and Kentucky, the law requires that all riders younger than 21 yrs. wear helmets, without exception. Those 21 yrs. and older may ride without helmets only if they can show proof that they are covered by a medical insurance policy. Louisiana's law allows riders 18 yrs. and older to ride without helmets if they can show proof that they are covered by a medical insurance policy. Texas exempts riders 21 yrs. or older if they either 1) can show proof of successfully completing a motorcycle operator training and safety course or 2) can show proof of having a medical insurance policy.

*Motorcycle helmet laws in Kentucky, Minnesota, and Wisconsin also cover drivers with instructional/learner's permits.

*Maine's motorcycle helmet use law covers passengers 14 years and younger, drivers with learner's permits, and passengers if their drivers are required to wear a helmet.

*Bicycle helmet use laws in Massachusetts and New York prohibit people from transporting passengers younger than age 1.

*North Dakota's motorcycle helmet use law covers all passengers traveling with drivers who are covered by the law.

*Ohio's motorcycle helmet use law covers all drivers during the first year of licensure and all passengers of drivers who are covered by the law

*Rhode Island's motorcycle helmet use law covers all drivers during the first year of licensure and all passengers.
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Information Provided by : Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute
Last modified: 04-Dec-2001