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California Motorcycle Laws

NOTE: This information is subject to change without notice. Be sure you know the current law.

Safety Helmet Required by law
State Funded Rider Ed Available for all eligible applicants - required under age 21
Eye Protection Not required
Daytime Use of Headlight Required by law-modulating headlight permitted, required for vehicles manufactured during or after 1978
Passenger Seat Required if carrying a passenger
Passenger Footrest Required if carrying a passenger
Passenger Age Restriction None, but must be able to reach foot peg while sitting astride the seat.
Helmet Speakers Single earphone only
Periodic Safety Inspection Required by law - random
Mirror Left(L) Right(R) One required by law
Radar Detector No Restriction
Turn Signals Required by law
Muffler Muffler required. No muffler or exhaust system shall be equipped with a cutout, bypass or similar device (27150. Adequate Muffler Required).
Maximum Sound Level Maximum allowable A-weighted sound levels based on measurements taken at a distance of 50 ft from center lane of travel:1)Pre-1970..92dba; 2) After 1969, and before 1973...88dba; 3) After 1972, and before 1975...86dba; 4) After 1974, and before 1986...83dba; 5) After 1985...80dba (27201-27202. Motorcycle Limits).
State Insurance Requirements Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(15/30/5) - Financial responsibility requried. A driver involved in an accident who fails to prove existence of financial responsibility at time of accident shall have driver's license suspended for 1 year.
Handlebar Height A person shall not drive a two-wheel motorcycle that is equipped with handlebars so positioned that the hands of the driver, when upon the grips, are more than six inches above his or her shoulder height when sitting astride the seat.
Earplugs No Restriction.
Rider-Education Waiver Skill Test
Accept Motorcycle Endorsement From Other States Yes
Accept RiderEd Completion Card From Other States No
Motorcycles operating two abreast in same lane Not referenced in Administrative Code or Statutes
Lane Splitting Yes
Lemon Law Coverage Yes; California Civil Code 1793.22(9)(e)(2)



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