Ohio State Motorcycle Laws

West Chester, Mason, and Cincinnati Ohio



Safety Helmet
Required by law for novice riders, required under age 18

State Funded Rider Ed
Available for all eligible applicants - required under age 18

Eye Protection
Required by law unless equipped with windscreen

Daytime Use of Headlight
Modulating headlight permitted

Passenger Seat
Required if carrying a passenger

Passenger Footrest
Required if carrying a passenger

Passenger Age Restriction

Helmet Speakers
No Restrictions

Periodic Safety Inspection
Required by law - random

Mirror Left(L) Right(R)
One required by law

Radar Detector
No Restriction

Turn Signals
Required if manufactured in 1968 and after

Muffler required.

Maximum Sound Level
Counties and Townships may adopt regulations that establish Max Aweighted sound level based on measurement at a distance not less than 50 feet from center line of travel 1)82dBA at 35 mph or less; 2)86dBA at more than 35 mph. (see : Ohio Revised Code 4513.221 Local regulation of passenger car and motorcycle noise.)

State Insurance Requirements
Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(12.5/25/7.5)

Handlebar Height
Maximum of 15" above seat

Rider-Education Waiver
Skill Test

Accept Motorcycle Endorsement From Other States

Motorcycles operating two abreast in same lane
4511.55. Riding bicycles; motorcycles abreast Persons riding bicycles or motorcycles upon a roadway shall ride not more than two abreast in a single lane, except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles or motorcycles.

Lane Splitting
Not referenced in Administrative Code or Statutes

Lemon Law Coverage
Yes; PDF - Ohio (OH) Sections 1345.71 to 1345.78 of the Revised Code