Depending on where you ride, you’re going to have different rules to follow. This can make a multiple state trip a little confusing. Here’s a little guide to help you on your cross country journey.
Motorcycle Helmet Laws by the numbers.
- 4 – The number of state where there is no helmet law.
- 20 – The number of states that require helmets for all riders.
- 19 – The number of states that exempt the majority of riders above the age of 18.
- 7 – The number of states that exempt the majority of riders above the age of 21.
Here are the motorcycle helmet laws by state.
States with no helmet law – Colorado, Illinois, Iowa and New Hampshire
Under 18 helmet law – Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio,Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Under 21 helmet law – Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Texas.
Helmets for everyone – Alabama, California, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.
The helmet debate rages in many states, so before you ride, check your local law.