Bumper Height (Click here for Canada)

United States

Alabama

Modification of original vehicle bumper height is permitted.

Alaska

Modifications of original vehicle bumper height are permitted. Maximum frame height: 24 inches up to 4,500 lbs. GVWR; 26 inches for 4,501 to 7,500 lbs. GVWR; and 28 inches for 7,501 to 10,000 lbs. GVWR.

Arizona

Modification of original vehicle bumper is permitted.

Arkansas

Modification of original vehicle bumper height is permitted.

California

Modification of original vehicle bumper height is permitted.  Maximum frame height: 23 inches for passenger vehicles.

Colorado

Modification of original vehicle bumper height is permitted.

Connecticut

Modification of original vehicle bumper height is permitted, up to 4 inches from manufacturer’s original height for passenger vehicle, up to 30 inches above roadway for commercial vehicle.

Delaware

No passenger vehicle or station wagon shall be registered or operated upon any highway of the state if the bumper height exceeds 22 inches from the ground to the bottom of the bumper.

District of Columbia

Modification of original bumper height is permitted.

Florida

Maximum bumper heights are as follows:

Vehicles with a net weight of less than 2,500 lbs: 22 inches.

Vehicles with a net weight between 2,500 lbs. and 3,500 lbs: front bumper, 24 inches; rear bumper, 26 inches.

Vehicles with a net weight of 3,500 lbs. or more: front bumper, 27 inches; rear bumper, 29 inches.

Georgia

Modification of original vehicle bumper height or altering suspension system is illegal if altered more than 2 inches above or below factory recommendations.

Hawaii

The maximum bumper height for passenger vehicles is 22 inches; for vehicles with a GVWR of 4,500 lbs. and under, 29 inches; for vehicles with a GVWR of 4,501 to 7,500 lbs., 33 inches; for vehicles with a GVWR of 7,501 to 10,000 lbs., 35 inches.

Idaho

Maximum bumper heights are determined by vehicle class and the GVWR. As such, the maximum heights are:

  • Passenger cars, front: 22 inches; rear: 22 inches.
  • Trucks and multipurpose vehicles, front: 24 inches; rear: 26 inches.
  • Vehicles from 4,501 to 7,500 lbs. GVWR, front: 27 inches; rear: 29 inches.
  • Vehicles from 7,501 to 10,000 lbs. GVWR, front: 28 inches; rear: 30 inches.
  • 4-wheel drive or dual-wheel vehicles with a 10,000 lbs. or less GVWR, front: 30 inches; rear: 31 inches.

Illinois

The maximum bumper height on all motor vehicles except multipurpose passenger vehicles is 28 inches for the front bumper and 30 inches for the rear bumper, measured from the road surface.

Indiana

A passenger vehicle that was originally equipped with a standard bumper must have a bumper when operated on a highway. The height of the bumper cannot vary more than 3 inches from the original manufactured bumper height.

Iowa

Modification of bumper height is permitted.

Kansas

Modification of original vehicle bumper height is permitted.

Kentucky

Modification of original vehicle bumper height is permitted, provided Driver’s vision is not obscured.

Louisiana

Modification of original vehicle bumper height is permitted.

Massachusetts

No person shall alter, modify, or change the height of a motor vehicle with an original manufacturer’s GVWR of up to and including 10,000 lbs., by elevating or lowering the chassis or body by more than 2 inches above or below the manufacturer’s specified height.

Michigan

A passenger car shall not have a frame height that exceeds 12 inches or a bumper height that exceeds 22 inches. A pickup truck or sport utility vehicle cannot exceed the following: up to 4,500 GVWR – 24-inch frame height, 26-inch bumper height; 4,501 to 7,500 GVWR – 24-inch frame height, 28-inch bumper height; 7,501 to 10,000 GVWR – 26-inch frame height, 30-inch bumper height.

All trucks or sport utility vehicles having an increased suspension must be equipped with a bumper on both the front and rear of the vehicle.

Minnesota

The maximum bumper height (measured from the bottom of the bumper to the ground) for any passenger automobile or station wagon is 20 inches.

The maximum bumper height of any 4-wheel drive multipurpose vehicle, van, or pickup truck is 25 inches.

Mississippi

Modification of original vehicle bumper height cannot exceed 8 inches total lift with a maximum of 6-inch suspension lift front and rear.

Missouri

Bumper are required. The maximum bumper height for passenger vehicles is 22 inches.

Maine

Modification of original vehicle frame height permitted. Maximum frame height for vehicles up to 4,500 lbs is 24 inches in the front and 26 inches in the rear.  Lift blocks and spring shackle extensions are prohibited. Door height limits apply.

Maryland

A person may not operate a vehicle on any highway if the height of the vehicle’s bumpers exceed:

  • 20 inches for passenger vehicles;
  • 28 inches for multipurpose vehicles and trucks with GVW of 10,000 lbs. or less;
  • 30 inches for trucks with a GVW exceeding 10,000 lbs.; or
  • 32 inches for trucks used for spraying agricultural crops.

A bumper may not be modified or extended upward or downward to compensate for vehicle suspension or body alterations or modifications.

Montana

Modification of original vehicle bumper height is permitted.

Nebraska

Modification of original vehicle bumper height is permitted.

Nevada

The maximum bumper height for a passenger car is 24 inches.

New Hampshire

The height of a bumper of a private passenger vehicle must be between 16 and 20 inches from the ground.

The height of a bumper of any vehicle other than a private passenger vehicle must be between 16 and 30 inches from the ground.

New Jersey

Bumpers shall be mounted at a height that meets manufacturer’s specifications.

New Mexico

Modification of original vehicle bumper height is permitted.

New York

No person shall operate a motor vehicle with a model year of 1999 or after, except a motorcycle or special purpose commercial vehicle granted an exception by the DMV, which is so constructed that the body has a clearance at the front end more than 30 inches from the ground when empty, unless the front end is equipped with bumpers or devices so located that (a) some part of the bumper or device must be at least 16 but not more than 30 inches above the ground with the vehicle empty; (b) the maximum distance between the closest points between the bumpers or devices, if more than 1 is used does not exceed 24 inches; (c) the maximum trans-verse distance from the widest part of the motor vehicle at the front to the bumper or device shall not exceed 18 inches; and (d) the bumpers or devices shall be substantially constructed and firmly attached.

North Carolina

The manufacturer’s specified bumper height of any passenger motor vehicle shall not be elevated or lowered more than 6 inches in the front or back of the vehicle, without prior written approval from the DMV.

North Dakota

The maximum bumper height permitted is 27 inches measured from a level ground surface to the highest point on the bottom of the bumper.

Ohio

The minimum bumper height is 4.5 inches in vertical height.

Maximum bumper heights are 22 inches for passenger vehicles, 26 inches for 4,500 lbs. and under GVWR, 29 inches for 4,501 lbs. to 7,500 lbs. GVWR, and 31 inches for 7,501 lbs. to 10,000 lbs. GVWR.

Oklahoma

Modification of original vehicle bumper height is permitted. Note: Headlamps cannot be mounted at a height measured from center of the lamp no greater than 54 inches nor less than 22 inches.

Oregon

Modification of original vehicle bumper height is permitted; lighting equipment must stay within minimum/maximum heights. No portion of the vehicle, except tires, can be lower than the lowest portion of any rim of any wheel in contact with the roadway.

Pennsylvania

Modification of original vehicle bumper is legal with parameters set by state.  Some part of the bumper must fall between 16 and 20 inches about the ground on passenger vehicles, and between 16 and 30 inches on multipurpose passenger vehicles and light trucks.

Rhode Island

Modification of original bumper height is illegal unless exempted (exemptions include some farm and forestry vehicles).

South Carolina

It is illegal to elevate or lower passenger vehicle more than 6 inches from the original height.

South Dakota

Modification of original bumper height is permitted.

Tennessee

Modification of original vehicle bumper height is legal with restrictions.  Maximum bumper height is 22 inches on passenger vehicles, and between 14 and 31 inches on 4-wheel drive recreational vehicles.

Texas

A person may not operate on a public roadway a passenger or commercial vehicle that has been modified from its original design or weighted so that the clearance between any part of the vehicle other than the wheels and the surface of the level roadway is less than the clearance between the roadway and the lowest part of the rim of any wheel in contact with the roadway.

Utah

Bumpers must be at least 4.5 inches in height.  Lift kits are permitted. Four inch tires, 4 inch lift on 100-inch+ wheel base; under 100-inch wheelbase, height is determined by formula.

Vermont

Modification of the original vehicle bumper height is illegal.

Virginia

Modification of original bumper height is permitted but must meet state standards.  Bumpers must be between 14 and 22 inches in height.

Washington

A passenger vehicle may not be modified from the original design so that any portion of the vehicle other than the wheels has less clearance from the surface of a level roadway than the clearance between the roadway and the lowermost portion of any rim of any wheel the tire on which is in contact with the roadway.

West Virginia

The front and rear bumper height of motor vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 10,000 lbs. or less must be not less than 6 inches and not more than 31 inches.

Wisconsin

Modification of original vehicle bumper height is permitted 4 inches above or below manufacturer’s specs.

Wyoming

Modification of original vehicle bumper height is permitted.

Puerto Rico

Modification of original vehicle bumper height is permitted.


Canada

Alberta

A bumper may not be installed or altered on a passenger car unless the bumper is mounted in substantially the same manner as by the manufacturer.

The passenger car bumper may not be altered so that the main structural component of the bumper is more than 50 cm or less than 40 cm above the ground. This provision does not apply to passenger cars manufactured before April 1, 1976. However, no person may alter a bumper so that it is more than 10 cm higher or lower than it was when the car was manufactured.

British Columbia

A motor vehicle, except a motorcycle, must be equipped with a front and rear bumper (where originally installed by the manufacturer) and where a replacement bumper has been installed, the replacement must give substantially the same protection as the original bumper. In addition, if the suspension height (bumper height) of a vehicle is altered more than 10 cm [4 inches], the vehicle must be inspected.

Manitoba

All passenger cars must be equipped with a front and rear bumper designed to minimize damage to the vehicle.

New Brunswick

Modification of original bumper height is permitted.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Vehicle bumpers on passenger cars must be between 35 cm and 55 cm from the ground when the vehicle is unloaded.

Northwest Territories

Bumpers on passenger cars must be positioned on the vehicle so that the center part of the bumper is not more than 550 mm or less than 380 mm above the road surface. On vehicles other than passenger cars, the lowest part of the bumper must be not more than 750 mm above the road surface. Bumper must have a front vertical surface of at least 100 mm and least to the original manufacturer’s track width of the vehicle.

Nova Scotia

All passenger cars and station wagons must be equipped with a front and rear horizontal bumper of the same type and design as originally equipped.

The top of the bumper measured from the ground must be at least 14 inches high. The bottom of the bumper measured from the ground must be no more than 22 inches high.

Nunavut

No person shall operate a vehicle equipped with a bumper unless on passenger cars, the bumper is positioned on the vehicle so that the centre part of the bumper is not more than 550 mm or less than 380 mm above the road surface; or on vehicles other than passenger cars the lowest part of the bumper is not more than 750 mm above the road surface.

Ontario

Modification of original vehicle bumper height is permitted. May be restricted by local ordinance.

Prince Edward Island

Modification of original bumper height is illegal.

Quebec

Modification of original vehicle bumper height is illegal.

Saskatchewan

On passenger cars, the center part of the bumper must be between 380 mm and 560 mm above the ground when the vehicle is unloaded on level ground and the tires are inflated within the range specified by the tire manufacturer.

On light trucks, the height of the lowest part of the front bumper shall be not more than 750 mm above the ground when the vehicle is unloaded on level ground and the tires are inflated within the range specified by the tire manufacturer.

Yukon

Modification of original vehicle bumper height is permitted within regulated limits.