Headsets (Click here for Canada)

United States

Alabama

No prohibition on wearing of headsets while driving.

Alaska

Wearing an audio headset or earplugs is not permitted while driving.

Exempts headsets when used and designed to improve a driver’s hearing ability or use navigational devices.

Arizona

Licensees of child care facilities must ensure that an individual who uses a motor vehicle to transport enrolled children does not use audio headphones while the car is in motion.

School bus drivers may not wear headsets whenever the bus is in motion.

Arkansas

No prohibition on wearing of headsets while driving.

California

Wearing headsets or earplugs in both ears is not permitted while driving or operating a bicycle, unless designed to aid hearing or specifically designed to attenuate injurious noise levels.

Colorado

Wearing earphones is not permitted while driving. Exempts hearing devices built into protective headgear.

Connecticut

No prohibition on wearing of headsets while driving.

Delaware

No prohibition on wearing of headsets while driving.

District of Columbia

No prohibition on wearing of headsets while driving.

Florida

Wearing a headset, headphone, or other listening device, other than a hearing aid or instrument for the improvement of defective human hearing, is not permitted while driving.

Georgia

Wearing a headset or headphone which would impair that person’s ability to hear, or any device which impairs a person’s vision, is not permitted while driving. Exempts headsets or headphones used for communication purposes.

Hawaii

No prohibition on wearing of headsets while driving.

Idaho

No prohibition on wearing of headsets while driving.

Illinois

Wearing headset receivers is not permitted while driving. Exempts intercom helmets on motorcycles, cellular phone earpieces, and single-sided headsets.

Indiana

No prohibition on wearing of headsets while driving.

Iowa

No prohibition on wearing of headsets while driving.

Kansas

No prohibition on wearing of headsets while driving.

Kentucky

No prohibition on wearing of headsets while driving.

Louisiana

Wearing of headphones covering both ears while driving is not permitted. Exempts a headset built into a motorcycle helmet. A secondary offense.

Michigan

No prohibition on wearing of headsets while driving.

Minnesota

Wearing headphones or earphones in both ears simultaneously for the purposes of receiving or listening to broadcasts or reproductions from radios, tape decks, or other sound-producing or transmitting devices, is not permitted while driving. Exempts the use of hearing aid devices.

Mississippi

No prohibition on wearing of headsets while driving.

Missouri

No prohibition on wearing of headsets while driving.

Maine

No prohibition on wearing of headsets while driving.

Maryland

Wearing, either over or in both ears, earplugs, headsets, or earphones, is not permitted while driving. Exempts hearing aids.

Massachusetts

Wearing headphones is not permitted while driving, unless the headphones are used for communication in connection with controlling the course or movement of said vehicle.

Montana

No prohibition on wearing of headsets while driving.

Nebraska

No prohibition on wearing of headsets while driving.

Nevada

No prohibition on wearing of headsets while driving.

New Hampshire

No prohibition on wearing of headsets while driving.

New Jersey

No prohibition on wearing of headsets while driving.

New Mexico

No prohibition on wearing of headsets while driving.

New York

Wearing more than 1 earphone attached to a radio, tape player, or other audio device is not permitted while driving.

North Carolina

No prohibition on wearing of headsets while driving.

North Dakota

No prohibition on wearing of headsets while driving.

Ohio

Wearing earphones over, or earplugs in, both ears is not permitted while driving. Exempts speakers built into protective headgear or hearing aids.

Oklahoma

No prohibition on wearing of headsets while driving.

Oregon

Wearing radio headsets while driving is permitted with some local exceptions.

Pennsylvania

Wearing or using 1 or more headphones or earphones is not permitted while driving. Exempts the use of hearing aids, and the use of a headset in conjunction with a cellular telephone that only provides sound through one ear and allows surrounding sounds to be heard with the other ear.

Rhode Island

Wearing earphones or headsets is not permitted while driving or operating a bicycle.

South Carolina

No prohibition on wearing of headsets while driving.

South Dakota

No prohibition on wearing of headsets while driving.

Tennessee

No prohibition on wearing of headsets while driving.

Texas

No prohibition on wearing of headsets while driving.

Utah

No prohibition on wearing of headsets while driving.

Vermont

No prohibition on wearing of headsets while driving.

Virginia

Using earphones is not permitted while operating a motor vehicle, bicycle, electric power-assisted bicycle, or moped. Exempts hearing aids and motorcycle helmet earphones.

Washington

Wearing any headset or earphones connected to any electronic device capable of receiving a radio broadcast or playing a sound recording, in which the headset or earphones muffle or exclude other sounds, is not permitted while driving. Exempts motorcycle helmets with approved built-in headsets, and hands-free wireless communications systems.

West Virginia

No prohibition on wearing of headsets while driving.

Wisconsin

No prohibition on wearing of headsets while driving.

Wyoming

No prohibition on wearing of headsets while driving.

Puerto Rico

N/A.


Canada

Alberta

No prohibition on wearing of headsets while driving.

British Columbia

No prohibition on wearing of headsets while driving.

Manitoba

Wearing headphones on both ears it not permitted while driving or operating a bicycle.

New Brunswick

No prohibition on wearing of headsets while driving.

Newfoundland and Labrador

No prohibition on wearing of headsets while driving.

Northwest Territories

No prohibition on wearing of headsets while driving.

Nova Scotia

No prohibition on wearing of headsets while driving.

Nunavut

No prohibition on wearing of headsets while driving.

Ontario

No prohibition on wearing of headsets while driving.

Prince Edward Island

No prohibition on wearing of headsets while driving.

Quebec

Wearing headphones or earphones is not permitted while driving or operating a bicycle unless the device is used in conversational exchanges among its users to the extent that the device allows surrounding traffic noises to be heard.

Saskatchewan

No prohibition on wearing of headsets while driving.

Yukon

No prohibition on wearing of headsets while driving.