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Helmet Laws by Date of Effectiveness




Summary: Mandatory helmet laws by the date they were adopted, or where known the date they became effective. All dates are in US format: Day/Month/Year.




AdoptedJurisdictionAges/ConditionsEffective Date
1987
State of CaliforniaPassengers
under 5
1987
1989
State of New YorkPassengers
under 5
1989
1990
State of MassachusettsPassengers
under 5
1990
Howard County, MD Under 16 1990
Beachwood, OH Under 16 1990
1991
State of Pennsylvania Passengers
under 5
1991
Bidwell Park, Chico,CA All ages 1991
Montgomery County, MD Under 18 1991
1992
State of New Jersey Under 14
(now under 17)
1992
Chapel Hill, NC Under 16 1992
Allegany County, MD Under 16 1992
Rockland County, NY All ages 1992
Orange Village, OH Ages 6 to 15 1992
Guilderland, NY Under 14 1992
1993
State of Georgia Under 16 1993
State of Connecticut Under 16 1993/1997
El Cerrito, CA All ages 1993
Clarksville, TN All ages 1993
Erie County Parks, NY All ages 1993
Strongsville, OH Under 12 1993
Morgantown, WV All ages 1993
Clarksburg, WV Under 18 1993
King County, WA
(excluded Seattle)
All ages 1993
Des Moines, WA All ages 1993
Duvall, WA All ages 1993
Enumclaw, WA All ages 1993
Hunts Point, WA All ages 1993
Arlington County, VA Under 15 1993
Falls Church, VA Under 15 1993
Fairfax County, VA Under 15 1993
Montevallo, AL All ages 1993
Tucson, AZ Under 18 1993
1994
State of California Under 18 1994
State of New York Under 14 1994
State of Mass. Under 13 1994
State of Oregon Under 16 1993
State of Tennessee Under 12 1994
Homewood, AL All ages 1994
Greenburgh, NY All ages 1994
Tacoma, WA All ages 1994
Port Angeles, WA All ages 1993
Puyallup, WA All ages 1994
Alexandria, VA Under 15 1994
Carolina Beach, NC Under 16 1994
South Charleston, WV Under 18 1994
Pierce County, WA All ages 1994
Blacksburg, VA Under 15 1994
York County, VA 1994
1995
State of Pa. Under 12 1995
State of Alabama Under 16 1995
State of Maryland Under 16 1995
Sykesville,MD All ages 1995
East Grand Rapids, MI Under 18 1995
Boone, NC All ages 1995
Chemung Co., NY Under 15 1995
Houston, TX Under 18 1995
Virginia Beach, VA Under 15 1995
Prince William Co,VA Under 15 1995
Manassas, VA Under 15 1995
Fircrest, WA All ages 1995
Poulsbo, WA Under 18 1995
Steilacoom, WA All ages 1995
St. Albans, WV Under 18 1995
Los Alamos Co, NM Under 18 1995
Pima County, AZ Under 18 1995
Sierra Vista, AZ Under 18 1995
1996
State of Delaware Under 16 1996
State of West Virginia Under 15 1996
State of Rhode Island Under 9/Under 15 1996/1998/2007
Bedford, TX Under 18 1996
Austin, TX All ages(see below) 1996
Benbrook, TX Under 17 1996
Black Mountain, NC All ages 1996
Front Royal, VA Under 15 1996
University Place, WA All ages 1996
Dallas, TX All ages 1996
Fort Worth, TX Under 18 1996
Eatonville, WA Under 16 1996
Gig Harbor, WA All ages 1996
Lakewood, WA All ages 1996
Snoqualmie, WA All ages 1996
1997
State of Connecticut Under 16 1997
State of Florida Under 16 1997
Newport News, VA Under 15 1997
Coppell, TX All ages 1997
Austin, Tx Under 18 1997
Barrington, IL
(amendment)
Under 17 1997
Lakewood, OH Under 18 1997
Port Washington, WI Under 17 1997
Manassas Park, VA Under 15 1997
Carrboro, NC Under 16 1997
Yuma, AZ Under 18 1997
Arlington, TX Under 18 1997
Milton, WA All ages 1997
Orting, WA Under 17 1997
Island County, WA All ages 1997
Shaker Heights, OH All ages over 5 1997
Cicero, IL Under 16 1997
Libertyville IL
(incentives only)
1997
1998
Rhode Island
(amendment to age
limit in 1996 law)
Under 16 1998
Seymour, CT All ages 1998
Repealed 1998
Adrian, MI Under 15 1998
Brecksville, OH Under 18 1998
Greenville, NC Under 16 1998
Williamsburg, VA Under 15 1998
Kensington MetroparkIL All ages 1998
1999
Inverness, IL Under 16 1999
State of Maine Under 16 1999
Centerville, OH Under 181999
Farmington Hills IL Under 16 1999
Oklahoma City
(city property only)
All ages 1999
Southlake, TX Under 15 1999
Hampton, VA Under 15 1999
James City County, VA Under 15 1999
Kent, WA All ages 1999
Renton, WA All ages 1999
Seatac, WA All over 1 year 1999
2000
State of Tennessee Under 16 2000
Berkeley, MOAll ages2000
Creve Coeur, MO All ages 2000
Bremerton, WA All ages 2000 ?
District of Columbia Under 16 2000
South Euclid, OH Under 14 2000
Glendale, OH Under 19 2000
Waynesville, OH Under 17 2000
Petersburg, VA Under 15 2000
Radford, VA Under 15 2000
Roanoke, VA Under 15 2000
Salem, VA Under 15 2000
Suffolk County, NY 14 to 17 2000
2001
State of N. Carolina Under 16 2001
State of Hawaii Under 16 2001
Onondaga County, NY (Syracuse)Under 18 2001 ?
Calverton ParkAll ages2001
Vinita TerraceUnder 212001
St. JohnUnder 172001
Aberdeen, WA All ages 2001
Bainbridge Island All ages 2001
Billings MT Under 16 2001
Cary, NC Under 16 2001
Cornelius, NCUnder 16 *2001
Akron, OH Under 16 2001
Matthews, NC Under 16 2001
Norfolk, VA Under 15 2001
NV Duckwater Indian ResUnder 17 2001
Euclid, OH Under 14 2001
Brooklyn, OH Under 14 2001
Williamsburg, VA Under 15 2001
St Louis County Parks Under 17 2001
Louisiana Under 12 2002
2002
St Louis County, MO for unincorporated areas Under 17 2002
Bel-Ridge> MO All ages 2002
Town & Country, MOAll ages2002
Pagedale, MOAll ages2002
NV Reno/Sparks Indian ColonyUnder 17 2002
Madeira, Ohio Under 17 2002
Louisville, KY Under 18 2002
Skokie, IL Under 16 2002
Belleview, WA All ages 2002
SnohomishWA All ages 2002
Repealed 2002
Snohomish skatepark,WA All ages 2002
Louisville ExtremePark All ages 2002
Charlotte, NCUnder 16 *2002
2003
California(skate,etc) Under 18 2003
Columbia, MO Under 16 2003
Blue Ash, OH Under 16 2003
Florissant, MO Under 17 2003
Norman, OK Under 18 2003
Seattle, WA All ages 2003
Rock Hill, MOUnder 172003
Florissant, MOUnder 172003
Grantwood Village, MOAll ages2003
Northwoods, MOUnder 172003
2004
Dist.of Col.(Skate,etc)Under 16 2004
State of Mass. Under 17,not 13 2004
East Cleveland, OH Under 18 2004
Dayton, OH Under 14 2004
Lawrence, KS Under 15 2004
Cincinnati, OH Under 16 2004
Bethel, AK Under 18 2004
Enon, OH Under 16 2004
Kenai, AK Under 16 2004
Kettering, OH Under 16 2004
Spokane, WA All ages 2004
Marietta, OH Under 16 2004
Eastchester, NY Under 19 2004
Webster Groves, MOUnder 172004
Normandy, MOUnder 172004
Norwood Court, MOUnder 172004
2005
New Jersey (amended) Under 17 2005
Anchorage, AK Under 16 2005
Sitka, AK Under 18 2005
AuburnAll ages2005
Bella Villa, MOUnder 172005
Bellefontaine Neighbors, MOUnder 172005
Clayton, MOUnder 172005
Ellisville, MOUnder 172005
Olivette, MO (Amended 2008)Under 17* (After 2008)2005
Overland, MOUnder 172005
Velda Village Hills, MOAll ages2005
Wilber Park, MOUnder 172005
Wildwood, MOUnder 172005
2006
New Hampshire (State) Under 16 2006
St. Charles, MO Under 16 2006
Velda City. MOAll ages2006
Ballwin. MOUnder 172006
Juneau, AK Under 18 2006
2007
New Mexico (State) Under 18 2007
Hanley Hills, MOUnder 172007
Hazelwood, MOUnder 172007
2008
Vancouver, WA All ages 2008
Black Jack, MOAll ages2008
Chesterfield, MOUnder 172008
Glendale, MOAll ages2008
Moline Acres, MOUnder 172008
Riverview, MOUnder 172008
Sycamore Hills, MOAll ages2008
St. Louis County, MO - all areasUnder 172008
2009
Columbus, OHUnder 18effective 2009
2010
Hernando, MSUnder 17 *2010
Ridgeland, MS??? 2010
Starkville, MSAll ages *2010
Flagstaff, AZUnder 182010
Bexley, OHUnder 162010
2014
DallasUnder 18 (formerly all-ages)2010


For further detail, see our main page on Mandatory Helmet Laws. This is a list to put them in date order. Note that where months are shown our date format follows the US standard with the day/month/year order.




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