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Texas State Motorcycle Laws


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Daytime Use of Headlight
Required unless motorcycle is manufactured prior to 1975; TX Transportation Code 507.801 (d)
Modulating headlight permitted per Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, 571.108
Eye Protection
Not Required
Handlebar Height
Maximum of 15" above seat - Required by inspection regulations - Texas Department of Public Safety ( Refer to 20.25 (2)(j) )
Helmet Speakers
No Restrictions
Lane Splitting

Not authorized

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Maximum Sound Level
No acoustical criteria.
Mirror Left(L) Right(R)
One required by law; TX Transportation Code 547.602
Motorcycles operating two abreast in same lane
Not referenced in Administrative Code or Statutes
No acoustical criteria.
Passenger Age Restriction
Prohibits passengers under age 5, unless seated in a sidecar attached to the motorcycle; TX Transportation Code 545.416 (d),(e)
Passenger Footrest

Passenger Footrest Required under Sec. 545.416 (b)

Passenger Seat
Required if carrying a passenger; TX Transportation Code 545.416 (b),(c)
Periodic Safety Inspection
Required by law; TX Transportation Code 548
Radar Detector
No Restriction
Rider Education
Available for all eligible applicants-required under age 18; TX Transportation Code 521.224
Rider-Education Waiver
Skill Test
Safety Helmet
Required by law under age 21. Over age 21, riders are not required to wear a helmet with proof of successful completion of rider training or hold medical insurance covering injuries resulting from a motorcycle accident; Texas Transportation Code, Title 7, Subtitle G, Chapter 661
State Insurance Requirements
Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(25/50/25)
Turn Signals

Not required

Off Road

Eye Protection
Required by law
Required after sunset
Maximum Sound Level
No Limit
Minimum Operator Age
Direct supervision of an adult if under the age of 14
Required by law
Operator License
Not Required
Required by law
Rider Education Certification
Required by law
Safety Helmet
Required by law
Spark Arrestor
Required by law
Required after sunset
Trails Program
Not Available
Vehicle Title
Not Required
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