States Where You Can’t Pump Your Own Gas

Despite the fact that gasoline automobiles date back to the early 1900s, self-service gas stations were not popularized until around the 1980s. While to some states full-service gas stations – gas stations where an attendant pumps a customer’s gas – seem like a thing of the past, they are still the norm in some parts of the United States. Some states, however, may ban self-service gas stations, making it illegal for drivers to pump their own gas. 

Initially, laws requiring gas stations to be full-service were designed to protect the local economies, where some people’s full-time job was as a gas station attendant; at that time, self-service gas stations were only used for emergencies or after-hours and were coin-operated.

In the states that still do not let drivers pump their own gas, the rationale is largely based on history and tradition, also citing rising costs and safety issues. Despite many unsuccessful attempts to change the legislation, baring full-service gas stations can even be as divisive as to be considered a political third rail.

Learn for yourself the states where you can’t pump your own gas by browsing the charts.

Possibility to Pump Own Gas by State

Alabama

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POSSIBILITY TO PUMP OWN GAShelp

Yes

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$4,484

#46 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.28

#1 in the US

Alaska

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POSSIBILITY TO PUMP OWN GAShelp

Yes

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$5,571

#4 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.09

#2 in the US

Arizona

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POSSIBILITY TO PUMP OWN GAShelp

Yes

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$5,278

#8 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.18

#3 in the US

Arkansas

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POSSIBILITY TO PUMP OWN GAShelp

Yes

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$4,433

#47 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.25

#4 in the US

California

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POSSIBILITY TO PUMP OWN GAShelp

Yes

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$6,308

#1 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.51

#5 in the US

Colorado

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POSSIBILITY TO PUMP OWN GAShelp

Yes

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$4,902

#20 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.22

#6 in the US

Connecticut

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POSSIBILITY TO PUMP OWN GAShelp

Yes

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$4,861

#25 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.25

#7 in the US

Delaware

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POSSIBILITY TO PUMP OWN GAShelp

Yes

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$4,811

#29 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.23

#8 in the US

Florida

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POSSIBILITY TO PUMP OWN GAShelp

Yes

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$4,642

#37 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.19

#10 in the US

Georgia

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POSSIBILITY TO PUMP OWN GAShelp

Yes

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$4,389

#51 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.29

#11 in the US

Hawaii

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POSSIBILITY TO PUMP OWN GAShelp

Yes

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$5,573

#3 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.16

#12 in the US

Idaho

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POSSIBILITY TO PUMP OWN GAShelp

Yes

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$5,216

#9 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.32

#13 in the US

Illinois

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POSSIBILITY TO PUMP OWN GAShelp

Yes

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$5,419

#7 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.39

#14 in the US

Indiana

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POSSIBILITY TO PUMP OWN GAShelp

Yes

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$4,993

#14 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.32

#15 in the US

Iowa

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POSSIBILITY TO PUMP OWN GAShelp

Yes

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$4,607

#38 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.24

#16 in the US

Kansas

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POSSIBILITY TO PUMP OWN GAShelp

Yes

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$4,590

#40 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.24

#17 in the US

Kentucky

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POSSIBILITY TO PUMP OWN GAShelp

Yes

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$4,604

#39 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.25

#18 in the US

Louisiana

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POSSIBILITY TO PUMP OWN GAShelp

Yes

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$4,433

#48 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.2

#19 in the US

Maine

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POSSIBILITY TO PUMP OWN GAShelp

Yes

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$5,006

#13 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.3

#20 in the US

Maryland

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POSSIBILITY TO PUMP OWN GAShelp

Yes

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$4,837

#28 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.36

#21 in the US

Massachusetts

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POSSIBILITY TO PUMP OWN GAShelp

Yes

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$4,922

#19 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.24

#22 in the US

Michigan

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POSSIBILITY TO PUMP OWN GAShelp

Yes

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$5,032

#12 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.27

#23 in the US

Minnesota

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POSSIBILITY TO PUMP OWN GAShelp

Yes

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$4,701

#34 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.29

#24 in the US

Mississippi

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POSSIBILITY TO PUMP OWN GAShelp

Yes

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$4,405

#50 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.18

#25 in the US

Missouri

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POSSIBILITY TO PUMP OWN GAShelp

Yes

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$4,589

#41 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.2

#26 in the US

Montana

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POSSIBILITY TO PUMP OWN GAShelp

Yes

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$4,957

#15 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.33

#27 in the US

Nebraska

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Yes

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$4,707

#32 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.25

#28 in the US

Nevada

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POSSIBILITY TO PUMP OWN GAShelp

Yes

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$5,577

#2 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.23

#29 in the US

New Hampshire

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POSSIBILITY TO PUMP OWN GAShelp

Yes

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$4,872

#24 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.22

#30 in the US

New Jersey

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POSSIBILITY TO PUMP OWN GAShelp

No

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$4,896

#21 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.42

#31 in the US

New Mexico

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POSSIBILITY TO PUMP OWN GAShelp

Yes

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$4,701

#35 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.17

#32 in the US

New York

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POSSIBILITY TO PUMP OWN GAShelp

Yes

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$4,950

#16 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.25

#33 in the US

North Carolina

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POSSIBILITY TO PUMP OWN GAShelp

Yes

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$4,524

#43 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.39

#34 in the US

North Dakota

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POSSIBILITY TO PUMP OWN GAShelp

Yes

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$4,710

#31 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.23

#35 in the US

Ohio

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POSSIBILITY TO PUMP OWN GAShelp

Yes

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$4,846

#26 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.39

#36 in the US

Oklahoma

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Yes

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$4,568

#42 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.19

#37 in the US

Oregon

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POSSIBILITY TO PUMP OWN GAShelp

No

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$5,497

#5 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.38

#38 in the US

Pennsylvania

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POSSIBILITY TO PUMP OWN GAShelp

Yes

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$4,950

#17 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.58

#39 in the US

Rhode Island

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POSSIBILITY TO PUMP OWN GAShelp

Yes

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$4,890

#22 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.34

#40 in the US

South Carolina

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POSSIBILITY TO PUMP OWN GAShelp

Yes

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$4,406

#49 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.26

#41 in the US

South Dakota

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POSSIBILITY TO PUMP OWN GAShelp

Yes

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$4,731

#30 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.28

#42 in the US

Tennessee

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POSSIBILITY TO PUMP OWN GAShelp

Yes

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$4,499

#45 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.26

#43 in the US

Texas

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POSSIBILITY TO PUMP OWN GAShelp

Yes

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$4,524

#44 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.2

#44 in the US

Utah

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POSSIBILITY TO PUMP OWN GAShelp

Yes

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$5,185

#10 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.32

#45 in the US

Vermont

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POSSIBILITY TO PUMP OWN GAShelp

Yes

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$4,950

#18 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.32

#46 in the US

Virginia

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POSSIBILITY TO PUMP OWN GAShelp

Yes

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$4,703

#33 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.26

#47 in the US

Washington

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POSSIBILITY TO PUMP OWN GAShelp

Yes

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$5,492

#6 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.49

#48 in the US

West Virginia

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POSSIBILITY TO PUMP OWN GAShelp

Yes

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$4,842

#27 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.36

#49 in the US

Wisconsin

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POSSIBILITY TO PUMP OWN GAShelp

Yes

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$4,697

#36 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.31

#50 in the US

Wyoming

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POSSIBILITY TO PUMP OWN GAShelp

Yes

RETAIL GAS PRICEhelp

$4,874

#23 in the US

TAX PER GAS GALLONhelp

$0.24

#51 in the US

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