This list of Alabama motorcycle helmet laws is a reference only and you should always refer to the Alabama D.O.T. for current requirements. Please e-mail us if you believe our Alabama motorcycle helmet law information is out of date or otherwise incorrect.
Alabama has full motorcycle helmet laws for all motorcycle riders!
Alabama law requires anyone who operates or rides on a motorcycle to wear protective headgear specifically designed for motorcycle riders and passengers. The law requires the motorcycle helmet to have a hard exterior shell of non-shatterable material that resists impact and penetration. The motorcycle helmet must also have a firmly secured shock absorbent cradle for the head that is designed to support the motorcycle helmet and maintain separation between the head and outer shell. The padding of the motorcycle helmet must be impact-resistant, absorbent, and of substantial thickness in all areas where the head is in close proximity with or may contact the outer shell. Additionally, the Motorcycle helmet must have a permanently attached adjustable chin strap that holds it securely in place. The law requires all drivers and passengers to have the chin strap secured while the bike is in motion. The motorcycle helmet need not have a visor, but, if it does, the visor must be flexible or of the snap-on type, and it cannot be more than one-quarter inch above the surface or exterior shell. The only exception to Alabama's helmet law is for those who ride in a sidecar with an enclosed cab.
STATUTE: Alabama no longer issues such a list as the U.S. Department of Transportation has adopted standards for helmets at 49 CFR 571.218, which would apply in Alabama. All helmets are required to have a DOT sticker.
FINE: The in Alabama for violating the helmet law is $90.
STANDARDS: Title 32. Motor Vehicles and Traffic; Chapter 12. Motorcycles and Motor-driven Cycles; Article 3. Motorcycle Helmets; Section 41 Specifications:
"(1) Design. -- One which is specifically designed for motorcycle riders and motorcycle passenger use.
"The director of public safety is hereby authorized to approve or disapprove protective headgear, and to issue and enforce regulations establishing standards and specifications for the approval thereof. The director of public safety shall publish lists of all protective headgear which have been approved by him."
Daytime Use Of Headlight
65 MPH Speed Limit