Oregon motorcycle helmet Laws 


As a motorcycle rider in Oregon, all riders and passengers have to wear a helmet. The motorcycle helmet should comply with the U.S. Department of Transportation. 

As per Oregon motorcycle helmet usage laws, all riders and passengers need to wear a helmet whenever they are riding a motorcycle, unenclosed autocycle, or moped. This law exempts people riding in a vehicle with three wheels at less than 15 mph speed, in an enclosed cab, or for religious practices or beliefs. 

The Oregon Motorcycle & Moped Manual states that the helmet needs to meet the standards set by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). DOT-compliant helmets do not mask important sounds or restrict vision. The manual also indicates that the rider needs to wear eye and face protection.

Oregon motorcycle helmet laws were repealed in 1988. Several states have implemented universal helmet regulations for motorcyclists, including Oregon. At all times, motorcycle riders and their passengers should wear certified helmets. The Snell Memorial Foundation or the Department of Transportation have stickers on authorized helmets.

As a rider or passenger, it is illegal to not wear a helmet. If a passenger doesn’t somehow wear a helmet, the operator is liable under Oregon Revised Statutes Section 814.280. Having a passenger without a helmet may result in a citation.

Oregon 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 Oregon motorcycle helmet laws, as this is the best Oregon state government source for motorcycle helmet laws and regulations we know of. 

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Oregon 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. 



EXEMPTIONS for experience


EXEMPTIONS for taking a safety course


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