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  Motorcycle helmets   Bicycle helmets
(Local law may require helmet use for some or all bicyclists)
Universal law
(covers all riders)
Partial law
(covers young riders or some adult riders)
Bicyclists covered by state law No state law
Alabama X   15 and younger  
Alaska   17 and younger   X
Arizona   17 and younger   X
Arkansas   20 and younger   X
California X   17 and younger  
Colorado   17 and younger   X
Connecticut   17 and younger 15 and younger  
Delaware   18 and younger 17 and younger  
District of Columbia X   15 and younger  
Florida   20 and younger 15 and younger  
Georgia X   15 and younger  
State Motorcycle helmets   Bicycle helmets
(Local law may require helmet use for some or all bicyclists)
Universal law
(covers all riders)
Partial law
(covers young riders or some adult riders)
Bicyclists covered by state law No state law
Hawaii   17 and younger 15 and younger  
Idaho   17 and younger   X
Illinois no motorcycle helmet use law   X
Indiana   17 and younger   X
Iowa no motorcycle helmet use law   X
Kansas   17 and younger   X
Kentucky   20 and younger   X
Louisiana X   11 and younger  
Maine   17 and younger 15 and younger  
Maryland X   15 and younger  
State Motorcycle helmets   Bicycle helmets
(Local law may require helmet use for some or all bicyclists)
Universal law
(covers all riders)
Partial law
(covers young riders or some adult riders)
Bicyclists covered by state law No state law
Massachusetts X   1 through 16 (riding with children younger than 1 prohibited)  
Michigan X     X
Minnesota   17 and younger   X
Mississippi X     X
Missouri X     X
Montana   17 and younger   X
Nebraska X     X
Nevada X     X
New Hampshire no motorcycle helmet use law 15 and younger (eff. 1/1/06)  
New Jersey X   16 and younger (eff. 3/1/06)  
State Motorcycle helmets   Bicycle helmets
(Local law may require helmet use for some or all bicyclists)
Universal law
(covers all riders)
Partial law
(covers young riders or some adult riders)
Bicyclists covered by state law No state law
New Mexico   17 and younger 17 and younger  
New York X   1 through 13 (riding with children younger than 1 prohibited)  
North Carolina X   15 and younger  
North Dakota   17 and younger   X
Ohio   17 and younger   X
Oklahoma   17 and younger   X
Oregon X   15 and younger  
Pennsylvania   20 and younger 11 and younger  
Rhode Island   20 and younger 15 and younger  
South Carolina   20 and younger   X
State Motorcycle helmets   Bicycle helmets
(Local law may require helmet use for some or all bicyclists)
Universal law
(covers all riders)
Partial law
(covers young riders or some adult riders)
Bicyclists covered by state law No state law
South Dakota   17 and younger   X
Tennessee X   15 and younger  
Texas   20 and younger   X
Utah   17 and younger   X
Vermont X     X
Virginia X     X
Washington X     X
West Virginia X   14 and younger  
Wisconsin   17 and younger   X
Wyoming   17 and younger   X

Laws current as of June 2010

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