Nebraska Motorcycle Helmet Law

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  Please e-mail us if you believe our Nebraska motorcycle helmet law information is out of date or otherwise incorrect.

Nebraska has full motorcycle helmet laws for all motorcycle riders!

STATUTE:Chapter 60. Motor Vehicles. Article 6. Nebraska Rules of the Road (W) Helmets. Section 60-6, 279. Protective helmets; required; when.: 
"A person shall not operate or be a passenger on a motorcycle or moped on any highway in this state unless such person is wearing a protective helmet of the type and design manufactured for use by operators of such vehicles and unless such helmet is secured properly on his or her head with a chin strap while the vehicle is in motion. . . ."

STANDARDS: Chapter 60. Motor Vehicles. Article 6. Nebraska Rules of the Road (W) Helmets. Section 60-6, 279. Protective helmets; required; when.: 
". . . protective helmets shall be designed to reduce injuries to the user resulting from head impacts and shall be designed to protect the user by remaining on the user's head, deflecting blows, resisting penetration, and spreading the force of impact. Each such helmet shall consist of lining, padding, and chin strap and shall meet or exceed the standards established in the United States Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 218, 49 C.F.R. 571.218, for motorcycle helmets."


State Funded Rider Education 
Available for all eligible applicants. 
May waive skills test for successful completion of rider ed. 
May waive knowledge test for successful completion of rider ed. 
Daytime Use Of Headlight 
Modulating headlight permitted. 
Passenger Seat 
Required if carrying a passenger. 
Passenger Footrests 
Required if carrying a passenger. 
65 MPH Speed Limit 
In effect on designated rural interstate highways. 


Nebraska Statute Section 20-148 makes it a crime to deny the full and equal enjoyment of any public place of accommodation due to unfair and unconstitutional discriminatory activity. This section specifically states that "any person or company... who subjects or causes to be subjected any citizen of this state or other person within the jurisdiction thereof to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the United States Constitution or the Constitution and laws of the State of Nebraska, shall be liable to such injured person in a civil action or other proper proceeding for redress brought by such injured person." 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 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 writing or designs. A citizen has the right to move freely and peaceably in public places, without fear of being discriminately removed therefrom 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 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 lawsuit.