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Ohio State Motorcycle Laws


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Daytime Use of Headlight
Modulating headlight permitted per Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, 571.108


Eye Protection
Required by law unless equipped with windscreen; ORC 4511.53 (b)
Handlebar Height

No higher than shoulder height.

Helmet Speakers
No Restrictions
Lane Splitting

Not authorized

Maximum Sound Level
Counties and Townships may adopt regulations that establish Max A-weighted sound level based on measurement at a distance not less than 50 feet from center line of travel:
1)82dBA at 35 mph or less
2)86dBA at more than 35 mph
ORC 4513.221
Mirror Left(L) Right(R)
One required by law; ORC 4513.23
Motorcycles operating two abreast in same lane
Required, cut-outs prohibited; ORC 4513.22
Passenger Age Restriction
Passenger Footrest
Required if carrying a passenger
Passenger Seat
Required if carrying a passenger; ORC 4511.53 (b)
Periodic Safety Inspection
Required by law - random; ORC 4513.02
Radar Detector
No Restriction
Rider Education
Available for all eligible applicants -required under age 18; Motorcycle Ohio
Rider-Education Waiver
Skill Test
Safety Helmet
Helments required by law for novice riders, required under age 18 and for any passenger when the operator is required to wear a helmet; Ohio Revised Code, Title XLV, Chapter 4511, Section 4511.53, b
State Insurance Requirements
Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(12.5/25/7.5)
Turn Signals
Required if manufactured in or after 1968; ORC 4513.26 (2)

Off Road

Eye Protection
Not Required
Required after sunset
Maximum Sound Level
If manufactured after 1/1/06 - 96dBA @ 20 inches
Minimum Operator Age
Direct supervision of a person less that 16 and at least 12 required by a person who is 18 and properly licensed
Required by law
Operator License
Required by law
Required by law
Rider Education Certification
Not Required
Safety Helmet
Not Required
Spark Arrestor
Not Required
Required after sunset
Trails Program
Not Available
Vehicle Title
Required by law
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