Colorado Motorcycle Helmet Law

This list of Colorado motorcycle helmet laws is a reference only and you should always refer to the Colorado D.O.T. for current requirements.   Please e-mail us if you believe our Colorado motorcycle helmet law information is out of date or otherwise incorrect.

Colorado has helmet laws that exempt adult riders, riders over the age of majority -- 18 years old and over!

Colorado does not require motorcycle drivers or passengers over the age of 18 to wear motorcycle helmets. It does, however, require both operators and riders and wear goggles or eyeglasses with lenses made of safety glass or plastic. The Colorado Department of Revenue is responsible for adopting standards and specifications for the design of the goggles and eyeglasses. Because these standards and specifications are subject to change, it's advisable to check with the Department before taking to Colorado roadways on a motorcycle.

STATUTE: There is a new motorcycle helmet law statute in Colorado. Here is a link to the bill that passed: 

FINE: $100.

STANDARDS: In that Colorado does not have a helmet law, the only standards for helmets are the standards imposed on manufacturers and distributors of helmets -- Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 218


State Funded Rider Education 
Available for all eligible applicants. 
May waive skills test for successful completion of rider ed. 
Eye Protection 
Required by law. 
Daytime Use Of Headlight 
Modulating headlight permitted. 
Passenger Seat 
Required if carrying a passenger. 
Passenger Footrests 
Required if carrying a passenger. 
Required by law. 
Periodic Safety Inspection 
Random inspections, required by law. 
65 MPH Speed Limit 
In effect on designated rural interstate highways. 


Colorado Revised Statute Title 24 Sections 34-601 et seq. provides that all persons shall be entitled to equal enjoyment of places of public accommodation. The Colorado Equal Opportunity Commission receives and investigates complaints of discrimination as they relate to employment and day to day living. In addition, any person whose exercise or enjoyment of rights secured by the Constitution or laws of the United States has been interfered with, or attempted to be interfered with, may institute and prosecute a civil action for injunctive or other appropriate equitable relief, including the award of compensatory monetary damages. The United States Supreme Court has ruled in the case of Cohen V. California, 403 U.S. 15 (1971). that individuals have the constitutional right under the First Amendment to wear clothing which displays writing or designs. In addition, the right of an individual to freedom of association has long been recognized and protected by the Supreme Court. Thus, a person's right to wear the clothing of his choice, as well as his right to belong to any club or organization of his choice, is constitutionally protected, and persons or establishments who discriminate on the basis of clothing or club membership are subject to a lawsuit.