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New Mexico State Laws


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Daytime Use of Headlight
Modulating headlight permitted per Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, 571.108
Eye Protection
Required unless equipped with windshield; NM Statues 66-7-355 (B)
Handlebar Height
No Restrictions
Helmet Speakers
No Restrictions
Lane Splitting

Not authorized

Maximum Sound Level
No acoustical criteria.
Mirror Left(L) Right(R)
One required by law; NM Statues 66-7-845
Motorcycles operating two abreast in same lane
Not referenced in Administrative Code or Statutes
Required, cut-outs prohibited; NM Statues 66-3-844
Passenger Age Restriction
Passenger Footrest
Required if carrying a passenger; NM Statues 66-7-355 (A)
Passenger Seat
Required if carrying a passenger; NM Statues 66-7-355 (A)
Periodic Safety Inspection
Required by law-random
Radar Detector
No Restriction
Rider Education
Available for all eligible applicants-required under age 18; New Mexico Motorcycle Safety Program
Rider-Education Waiver
Skill & Knowledge Test
Safety Helmet
Required by law under age of 18, reflectorization required; NM Statutes 66-7-356
State Insurance Requirements
Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(25/50/10)
Turn Signals
Not required

Off Road

Eye Protection

All riders under the age of 18 must wear protective eyewear.


Required if darkness causes visibility < 500 feet

Maximum Sound Level
96dBA @ 20 inches
Minimum Operator Age

OHV operators < 18 must have protective eyewear and a helmet, those 10-18 must also have visual supervision by a parent or guardian, those < 10 must also have an age-appropriate OHV. 

Not Required
Operator License
Not Required
No rider under 18 may carry a passenger, even on OHVs specifically designed for two persons
Required by law
Rider Education Certification
Required under the age of 18
Safety Helmet
All riders under the age of 18 must wear a helmet. They must also have adult supervision, unless they have taken an approved safety course, received their OHV safety permit, and in certain cases have a valid license.
Spark Arrestor
Required - USFS approved spark arrestors.
Speed Limit
There is a 10MPH speed limit within 200ft. of a business, person, horseback rider or occupied dwelling. OHVs may not be operated on any paved street or highway, except to cross a street or highway after coming to a complete stop and yielding to traffic.

Required if darkness causes visibility < 500 feet

Trails Program
Vehicle Title
Required by law


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