Delaware State Laws

Safety Helmet 4185. Riding on motorcycles (b) Every person operating or riding on a motorcycle shall have in that person's possession a safety helmet approved by the Secretary of Safety and Homeland Security (hereinafter "Secretary") through the Office of Highway Safety and shall wear eye protection approved by the Secretary; provided, however, that every person up to 19 years of age operating or riding on a motorcycle shall wear a safety helmet and eye protection approved by the Secretary.
State Funded Rider Ed Available for all eligible applicants under age 18
Eye Protection Required by law
Daytime Use of Headlight Modulating headlight permitted
Passenger Seat Required if carrying a passenger
Passenger Footrest Required if carrying a passenger
Passenger Age Restriction None
Helmet Speakers No Restrictions
Periodic Safety Inspection Required by law
Mirror Left(L) Right(R) Required by law
Radar Detector No Restriction
Turn Signals Not Required
Muffler Muffler required, no cut-outs (Sec. 71-II-12. Exhaust System).
Maximum Sound Level Maximum allowable A-weighted sound levels based on measurements taken at a distance of 50 ft from center lane of travel or 20" from exhaust outlet (Sec. 71-II-4. Allowable Noise Levels): 1) Highway Operation less than 35mph--78-80dba; 2) Highway Operation above 35mph--82-84dba; 3)Stationary at 50ft 78-80dba; 4)Stationary at 20"--95dba.
State Insurance Requirements Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(15/30/10) - Insurance discount available for 3 years following completion of rider education program.
Handlebar Height No Restriction
Rider-Education Waiver Skill & Knowledge Test
Accept Motorcycle Endorsement From Other States Yes
Accept RiderEd Completion Card From Other States Yes
Motorcycles operating two abreast in same lane Not referenced in Administrative Code or Statutes
Lane Splitting Not referenced in Administrative Code or Statutes
Off Road
Safety Helmet Required by law
Eye Protection Not Required
Minimum Operator Age Under age 12 requires supervision by a person age 18 or above on public lands
Rider Education Certification Required by law
Operator License Not Required
Headlight Required after sunset
Taillight Required after sunset
Muffler Required by law
Maximum Sound Level 88dba at 60% maximum throttle at 50 feet
Spark Arrestor Required by law
Registration Required by law
Vehicle Title Not Required
Trails Program Not Available


***Information taken from the American Motorcycle Association (AMA) Website***

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