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Virginia 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; Code of Virginia 46.2-910
Handlebar Height
No Restrictions
Helmet Speakers
For communication purposes only; 46.2-1078
Lane Splitting
Not authorized; 46.2-857
Maximum Sound Level
No acoustical criteria.
Mirror Left(L) Right(R)
One required by law; 46.2-1082
Motorcycles operating two abreast in same lane
Permitted; 46.2-857
Required; 46.2-1050
Passenger Age Restriction
Passenger Footrest
Required if carrying a passenger; 46.2-909
Passenger Seat
Required if carrying a passenger; 46.2-909
Periodic Safety Inspection
Required; 46.2-1157
Radar Detector
Prohibited; 46.2-1079
Rider Education
Available for all eligible applicants; VA DOT
Rider-Education Waiver
Skill Test
Safety Helmet
Required by law; Code of Virginia 46.2-910
State Insurance Requirements
Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(25/50/20) - Insurance or $500 uninsured motor vehicle fee required.
Traffic Actuated Signals
Motorcycles may move with caution through non-responsive red lights after the shorter two complete cycles or 120 seconds; 46.2-833. Traffic lights; penalty, B.
Turn Signals
Not Required

Off Road

Eye Protection
Not Required
Not Required
Maximum Sound Level
No Limit
Minimum Operator Age
Under 16 can only operate if 90cc or less. Under 12 can only operate if 70cc or less.
Not Required
Operator License
Not Required
Not Required
Rider Education Certification
Not Required
Safety Helmet
Required by law
Spark Arrestor
Not Required
Not Required
Trails Program
Not Available
Vehicle Title
Required by law.
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