New Hampshire motorcycle helmet Laws 


There are no New Hampshire motorcycle helmet laws since the passing of the National Highway System Designation Act in 1995. Bills that mandate helmet use in New Hampshire have not passed the Legislature yet. 

There are no New Hampshire state motorcycle helmet use laws. New Hampshire is one of the three states that do not have any motorcycle helmet usage laws, along with Iowa and Illinois. Bills that mandate the use of a helmet in New Hampshire have not passed the Legislature yet. The latest attempt for the proposal was made in 2010. 

However, riders should still wear a helmet, particularly those under the age of 18 years, since it will protect them during a crash. Advocates of mandatory helmet laws indicate that head injuries can cost everyone through employment loss, rehabilitation, and augmented hospital costs.

Along with Illinois and Iowa, New Hampshire is one of just 3 states which do not mandate riders to wear protective gear. As per the Sources, motorcycle helmet regulations exist in 19 states and the District of Columbia, requiring all motorcyclists to wear a helmet. A motorbike helmet law exists in twenty-eight states, however only some motorcyclists are required to wear one. Helmet legislation has frequently failed to pass the legislature.

The most recent attempt (HB 1162) was introduced in 2010, but was defeated by the House Transportation Committee. Opposition says that adults should be allowed to choose whether or not to wear a helmet, and that those who ride without one are putting themselves in danger. 

New Hampshire motorcycle helmet laws are subject to change as state helmet laws across the USA are periodically revised. Click here to check for any changes to New Hampshire motorcycle helmet laws, as this is the best New Hampshire state government source for motorcycle helmet laws and regulations we know of. 

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New Hampshire motorcycle helmet law EXEMPTIONS

Fact: Approximately 60% of US states offer exemptions to motorcycle helmet laws that allow a rider to decline to wear a motorcycle helmet while operating or riding as a passenger on a motorcycle. Common exemptions are allowed for the age of the rider, the experience of the rider, if the rider has proof of adequate health insurance, or if the rider has taken a certified motorcycle driving safety course. 


No Need to Wear Helmet

EXEMPTIONS for experience


EXEMPTIONS for taking a safety course


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