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Maryland State Laws


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Daytime Use of Headlight
No Restriction
Modulating headlight permitted per Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, 571.108
Prohibited by law with the exception of: "Custom Made Earplugs" Refer to: Sectioni 21-1120 of the Maryland Code of Laws.
Eye Protection
Required by law unless equipped with windscreen; MD 21-1306
Handlebar Height

Maximum of 20" above seat; MD Code 21-1305

Helmet Speakers

Not prohibited; Maryland Trans. Code Section 21-1120.

Lane Splitting
Not authorized; § 21-1303. Operating on laned roadways (c) Overtaking and passing.- The operator of a motorcycle may not overtake and pass in the same lane occupied by the vehicle being overtaken (d) Driving between lanes of traffic prohibited.- A person may not operate a motorcycle between lanes of traffic or between adjacent lines or rows of vehicles
Lemon Law Coverage
Yes;  Maryland Attorney General
Maximum Sound Level
Maximum allowable A-weighted sound levels based on measurement distance of 50 feet (Sec. 1)After 7/1/75 82-86dBA 2)after 1/1/79 78-82dBA.
Mirror Left(L) Right(R)
Two required by law
Motorcycles operating two abreast in same lane
Yes. § 21-1303 - Operating on laned roadways Motorcycles not to be driven more than two abreast.- Motorcycles may not be operated more than two abreast in a single lane.
Muffler required.
No modifications may be made to the muffler which increase the sound level beyond that of the original manufacturer's equipment; MD 22-609
Passenger Age Restriction
Passenger Footrest
Required if carrying a passenger: MD Code 21-1305
Passenger Seat
Required if carrying a passenger; MD 21-1302
Periodic Safety Inspection
Required by law-upon title transfer
Radar Detector
No Restriction
Rider Education

Maryland Motorcycle Safety Program; http://www.mva.maryland.gov/safety/motorcycle/motorcycle-safety.htm

Rider-Education Waiver
Skill & Knowledge Test
State Insurance Requirements
Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(20/40/10)
Turn Signals

Required per COMAR
Not required per § 22-206(b)(1)


Off Road

Eye Protection
Not Required
Required after sunset
Maximum Sound Level
84dba measured at 50 feet
Minimum Operator Age
Not allowed under 12 years of age on public lands - Must have operator's license or learners permit
Required by law
Operator License
Not Required
Required by law
Rider Education Certification
Not Required
Safety Helmet
Not Required
Spark Arrestor
Not Required
Required after sunset
Trails Program
Vehicle Title
Not Required


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