Kansas Motorcycle Helmet Law

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  Please e-mail us if you believe our Kansas motorcycle helmet law information is out of date or otherwise incorrect.

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

Kansas Motorcycle Helmet Statue:
Chapter 8. Automobiles and Other Vehicles. Article 15. Uniform Act Regulating Traffic; Rules of the Road, Special Rules for Motorcycles. Section 8-1598. Operation of motorcycles; equipment required for operators and riders. :
"(a) No person under the age of 18 years shall operate or ride upon a motorcycle or a motorized bicycle, unless wearing a helmet which complies with minimum performance requirements established by the national highway traffic safety administration pursuant to the national traffic and motor vehicle safety act of 1966 for helmets designed for use by motorcyclists and other motor vehicle users."

The fine for someone under 18 years of age not wearing a helmet is $52.

State Funded Rider Education
Available for all eligible applicants.
May waive skills test for successful completion of rider ed.

Eye Protection
Required unless equipped with wind screen

Passenger Seat
Required if carrying a passenger.

Passenger Footrests
Required if carrying a passenger.

Left mirror required by law.

Periodic Safety Inspection
Random inspections, required by law.

65 MPH Speed Limit
In effect on designated rural interstate highways.


Section I of the Kansas Bill of Rights states that "All men are possessed of equal and inalienable natural right among which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In Cohen v. California 403 U.S. 15 (1971), the United States Supreme Court ruled that American citizens have the First Amendment right to wear clothing that displays writings or designs. Additionally, the right of freedom of association has long been recognized and protected by the United States Supreme Court as well as the Kansas Supreme Court. Accordingly, in Kansas, an individual's right to wear motorcycle attire is constitutionally protected, and individuals or establishments who discriminate on the basis of motorcycle attire are subject to lawsuit.