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West Virginia State Motorcycle Laws


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Daytime Use of Headlight
Daytime use of headlight required per state law; West Virginia Code, 17C-15-2
Modulating headlight permitted per Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, 571.108
Eye Protection
Handlebar Height
Maximum of 15" above seat; West Virginia Code, 17C-15-44 (c)
Helmet Speakers
No Restrictions
Lane Splitting

Not authorized

Maximum Sound Level
No acoustical criteria.
Mirror Left(L) Right(R)
Motorcycles operating two abreast in same lane
Not referenced in Administrative Code or Statutes
Passenger Age Restriction
Passenger Footrest
Required if carrying a passenger; West Virginia Code, 17C-15-44 (d)
Passenger Seat
Required if carrying a passenger; West Virginia Code, 17C-15-44 (d)
Periodic Safety Inspection
Radar Detector
No Restriction
Rider Education
Available for all eligible applicants; West Virginia Code, 17B-1D
Rider-Education Waiver
Skill & Knowledge Test
Safety Helmet
Required by law-reflectorization required West Virginia Code, Chapter 17C, Article 15, Section 17C-15-44
State Insurance Requirements
Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(20/40/10)
Turn Signals

Off Road

Eye Protection
Not Required
Required after sunset
Maximum Sound Level
No Limit
Minimum Operator Age
No Restriction
Required by law
Operator License
Not Required
Not Required
Rider Education Certification
Required under age 18
Safety Helmet
Required under the age of 18
Spark Arrestor
Required by law
Required after sunset
Trails Program
Not Available
Vehicle Title
Required by law
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