Oregon Motorcycle Helmet Law

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  Please e-mail us if you believe our Oregon motorcycle helmet law information is out of date or otherwise incorrect.

Oregon has full motorcycle helmet laws for all motorcycle riders!

STATUTE: Title 59. Oregon Vehicle Code. Chapter 814. Pedestrians, passengers, Livestock, Motorcycles, Mopeds, Bicycles, Motorized Wheelchairs. Mopeds and Motorcycles. Section 814.269 Failure of motorcycle operator to wear a motorcycle helmet; penalty. : 
"A person commits the offense of failure of a motorcycle operator to wear a motorcycle helmet if the person operates a motorcycle and is not wearing a motorcycle helmet."

FINE: The fine for a conviction of the above statute is $67


STANDARDS: Title 59. Oregon Vehicle Code. Chapter 801.366: 
"'Motorcycle Helmet' means a protective covering for the head consisting of a hard outer shell, padding adjacent to and inside the outer shell and a chin-strap type retention system with a sticker indicating that the motorcycle helmet meets standards established by the United States Department of Transportation."


State Funded Rider Education 

Available for all eligible applicants. 
Required under age 21. 
May waive skills 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. 
Required by law. 
Periodic Safety Inspection 
Random inspections, required by law. 
65 MPH Speed Limit 
In effect on designated rural interstate highways. 


Oregon law provides that "practices of discrimination against any of its inhabitants because of race, religion, color, sex marital status, national origin, age or disability are a matter of state concern..." ORS 659.20; and that Oregon's Civil Rights laws are "to insure human dignity of all people within this state..." ORS 659.022. All persons are "entitled to the full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities and privileges of any place of public accommodation..." ORS 30.670. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in Cohen v. California, 403 U.S. 15 (1971) that individuals have a First Amendment constitutional right to wear clothing which displays writing or designs. The Supreme Court has also long recognized and protected the individual's right to freedom of association. In Oregon, any person unconstitutionally discriminated against by a place of public accommodation may file a complaint with the Bureau of Labor and Industries, ORS 659.045, or ran bring suit to recover compensatory and punitive damages, as well as attorney fees, costs, and disbursements. ORS 30.680.