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Washington State Motorcycle Laws


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Daytime Use of Headlight
Daytime use of headlight required per state law; R.C.W. 46.37.522
Modulating headlight permitted per Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, 571.108
Eye Protection
Required by law unless equipped with windscreen; R.C.W. 46.37.530(b)
Handlebar Height
Maximum of 30" above seat; R.C.W. 46-61-611
Helmet Speakers
No Restrictions
Lane Splitting
Not authorized; R.C.W. 46.61.608 (2),(3)
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Maximum Sound Level
Max A-weighted sound level as measured at 50 feet:
1)78dBA at 45mph or less
2)82dBA over 45mph
Stationary 20 inch standard:
Models before 1986--99dBA.
Washington Administrative Code 173-62-030
Mirror Left(L) Right(R)
Two required by law (with special exceptions: see statute); R.C.W. 46.37.530
Motorcycle Endorsement
Motorcycles operating two abreast in same lane
Muffler required; R.C.W. 46.37.390
Operator License


Separate test/endorsement required for trike/sidecar equipped motorcycle

Passenger Age Restriction
Prohibits passenger under age 5; WA Attorney General
Passenger Footrest
Required if carrying a passenger; R.C.W. 46.61.610
Passenger Seat
Required if carrying a passenger; R.C.W. 46.61.610
Periodic Safety Inspection
Required by law-random
Radar Detector
No Restriction
Rider Education
Available for all eligible applicants - required under age 18; WA Motorcycle Operator Manual, p.1
Rider-Education Waiver
Skill & Knowledge Test
Safety Helmet
State Insurance Requirements
None required per R.C.W. 46.30.020, 2(b)
Traffic Actuated Signals

Riders are permitted to go through an intersection or turn left onto a left turn intersection, if they have made a complete stop and the traffic control signal has failed to operate after one complete cycle of the traffic signal.
Section 46.61 of the RCW.

Turn Signals
Required if originally equipped; R.C.W. 46.37.070

Off Road

Eye Protection
Not Required

Required between dusk and dawn

Maximum Sound Level

86 dba measured at 50 feet or 105 dba at 20 inches

Minimum Operator Age

Riders under 16 ringing on roads must ve under the direct supervision of someone over 18 with a driver's license.



Operator License
Not Required


Rider Education Certification
Not Required
Safety Helmet

Required on roads

Spark Arrestor



Required between dusk and dawn

Trails Program

ORV facilities are funded by the Non-highway and Off-road Vehicle Activities account

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