Illinois Motorcycle Helmet Law

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  Please e-mail us if you believe our Illinois motorcycle helmet law information is out of date or otherwise incorrect.

Illinois is 100% Helmet Law Free!

STATUTE: There is no helmet law statute in Illinois.

FINE: There is no fine.

STANDARDS:In that Illinois 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. 
Required under age 18. 
May waive skills test for successful completion of rider ed. 
May waive knowledge test for successful completion of rider ed. 
Eye Protection 
Required by law for instructional permit holders. 
Daytime Use Of Headlight 
Required by law. 
Modulating headlight permitted. 
Passenger Seat 

Required if carrying a passenger. 
Passenger Footrests 
Required if carrying a passenger. 
Required by law. 
65 MPH Speed Limit 
In effect on designated rural interstate highways. 


Illinois Statute Section 68.5-102(A) makes it an offense for any person to deny or refuse to another the full and equal enjoyment of the facilities of any public place of accommodation. Persons cannot be excluded therefrom so long as they conduct themselves in a peaceable and orderly manner. City of Chicago vs.. Corney,.13 Ill.App. 2d 396, 142 N.E. 2d 160 (1957).

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 and other appropriate equitable relief, including the award of compensatory monetary damages. The Supreme Court 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 writings or designs. A citizen has the right to move about freely and peaceably in public places, without fear of being discriminately removed therefrom. Nanez v. Ritger, 304 F. Supp. 354 (ED. WIS.). In addition, the right of an individual to freedom of association has long been recognized and protected by the United States Supreme Court Thus, a person's right to wear 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 lawsuit