Helmet Law States

“Helmet laws” are those passed by state legislatures that require some or all passengers on a motorcycle to wear a helmet. These laws, much like seatbelt laws, are often tailored by the individual state and accompanied by a fine. 

States can be divided into three categories in regards to helmet laws: no helmet laws, limited helmet laws, and strict helmet laws. The first is made up of states that do not have any law that requires any motorcycle passengers to wear a helmet. States with strict helmet laws require all persons on a motorcycle to wear a helmet. 

States with limited helmet laws are divided on who must wear a helmet and on what. Some states have an age threshold where a person under that age must wear a helmet when on a motorcycle. Also, though, some states further tailor their helmet laws to define what vehicles fall under the law.

Learn for yourself about helmet law states by looking at the data in the charts.

Motorcycle Helmet Requirements by State

Alabama - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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852

#13 in the US

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934

#14 in the US

Alaska - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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53

#50 in the US

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64

#49 in the US

Arizona - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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967

#9 in the US

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1,054

#11 in the US

Arkansas - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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585

#20 in the US

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638

#21 in the US

California - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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3,558

#1 in the US

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3,847

#2 in the US

Colorado - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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574

#21 in the US

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622

#22 in the US

Connecticut - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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279

#34 in the US

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295

#34 in the US

Delaware - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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104

#44 in the US

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116

#44 in the US

District of Columbia - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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34

#51 in the US

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36

#51 in the US

Florida - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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3,098

#2 in the US

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3,331

#3 in the US

Georgia - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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1,522

#3 in the US

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1,664

#4 in the US

Hawaii - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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81

#47 in the US

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85

#47 in the US

Idaho - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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188

#39 in the US

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214

#38 in the US

Illinois - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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No Law

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1,087

#7 in the US

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1,194

#7 in the US

Indiana - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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815

#14 in the US

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897

#15 in the US

Iowa - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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No Law

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304

#32 in the US

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337

#32 in the US

Kansas - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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382

#27 in the US

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426

#28 in the US

Kentucky - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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709

#17 in the US

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780

#18 in the US

Louisiana - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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762

#16 in the US

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828

#17 in the US

Maine - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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151

#40 in the US

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164

#40 in the US

Maryland - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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540

#24 in the US

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567

#25 in the US

Massachusetts - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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327

#31 in the US

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343

#31 in the US

Michigan - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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1,011

#8 in the US

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1,084

#9 in the US

Minnesota - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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369

#28 in the US

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394

#30 in the US

Mississippi - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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687

#18 in the US

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752

#19 in the US

Missouri - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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914

#12 in the US

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987

#13 in the US

Montana - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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190

#38 in the US

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213

#39 in the US

Nebraska - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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217

#37 in the US

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233

#37 in the US

Nevada - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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293

#33 in the US

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317

#33 in the US

New Hampshire - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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No Law

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98

#45 in the US

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104

#45 in the US

New Jersey - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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547

#23 in the US

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584

#24 in the US

New Mexico - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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365

#29 in the US

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398

#29 in the US

New York - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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963

#10 in the US

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1,046

#12 in the US

North Carolina - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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1,412

#4 in the US

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1,538

#5 in the US

North Dakota - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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96

#46 in the US

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100

#46 in the US

Ohio - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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1,154

#5 in the US

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123

#43 in the US

Oklahoma - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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599

#19 in the US

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652

#20 in the US

Oregon - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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461

#26 in the US

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508

#27 in the US

Pennsylvania - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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106

#43 in the US

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1,129

#8 in the US

Rhode Island - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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66

#48 in the US

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67

#48 in the US

South Carolina - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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962

#11 in the US

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1,064

#10 in the US

South Dakota - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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132

#41 in the US

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141

#41 in the US

Tennessee - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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1,119

#6 in the US

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1,217

#6 in the US

Texas - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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352

#30 in the US

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3,874

#1 in the US

Utah - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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256

#35 in the US

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276

#35 in the US

Vermont - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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58

#49 in the US

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62

#50 in the US

Virginia - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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796

#15 in the US

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850

#16 in the US

Washington - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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525

#25 in the US

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560

#26 in the US

West Virginia - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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249

#36 in the US

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267

#36 in the US

Wisconsin - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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561

#22 in the US

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614

#23 in the US

Wyoming - Motorcycle Helmet Requirements

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114

#42 in the US

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127

#42 in the US