Vehicle Equipment and Rules

Colorado

Stickers may be affixed to the top most portion of the windshield if the bottom edge of the material extends no more than 4 inches from the top of the windshield down, the material is not red or amber in color, the material does not reflect sunlight or headlight glare into the eyes of any other drivers and the material is not metallic or mirrored in appearance.


Colorado

N/A.


Connecticut

Hazard light use is permitted while driving unless otherwise posted.


Connecticut

Tire chain usage is permitted for hazardous weather or other related incidents only, but may not damage the highway surface.  Tire chains are only permitted between November 15 and April 30.


Connecticut

Studded tires are permitted November 15 to April 30.


Connecticut

The side and rear windows shall have a light transmittance of at least 32%.

The front window may have tinting only from the top of the window to a point 29 inches above the top of the driver’s seat.

All vehicles with tinted windows shall have a window sticker legible from the outside of the vehicle that indicates the sticker registration number and a certification of compliance with the tinting laws.


Connecticut

No television screen or other device of a similar nature shall be installed in any position where it may be visible to the driver or may interfere with the safe operation of the vehicle. Exempts devices used to assist the operator while backing, parking, or maneuvering at a speed of not more than 12 mph; monitoring passengers seated rearward of the operator; to enhance or supplement the operator’s view of the roadway or to assist the operator in object detection; for control, instrumentation, navigation purposes; or that are automatically disabled whenever the vehicle is in motion.


Connecticut

Radar detectors are permitted for passenger vehicles but prohibited for use by commercial vehicles.


Connecticut

Signs, stickers, or other materials may be displayed in a 7-inch square location in the lower corner of the windshield farthest removed from the driver, or in a 5-inch square location in the lower corner of the windshield nearest the driver.


Connecticut

N/A


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.


Connecticut

Headlights are required to be on 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise, in conditions of insufficient light/adverse weather, or when visibility is less than 500 feet.


Delaware

No person shall drive upon the highways of this state with any sign, poster, or other non-transparent material upon the front windshield, or side or rear window of the vehicle other than a certificate or other paper required to be displayed by law.


Delaware

N/A.


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.


Delaware

Headlights are required to be on from sunset to sunrise, during precipitation, when wipers are in use, or when visibility is less than 1000 feet.


Delaware

Hazard light use is not permitted while driving except to indicate a traffic hazard.


Delaware

Tire chain usage is permitted for hazardous weather or other related incidents only, but may not damage the highway surface.


Delaware

Studded tires are permitted October 15 to April 15.


Delaware

No person shall operate any motor vehicle on any public highway, which does not conspicuously display a certificate by the manufacturer of any “after manufacture” tinting material, stating that the tinting material meets the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 205.


Delaware

No statewide restriction.


Delaware

Radar detectors are permitted for passenger vehicles but prohibited for use by commercial vehicles.


District of Columbia

Modification of original bumper height is permitted.


District of Columbia

Headlights are required to be on when visibility is less than 500 feet. Headlights must be used one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise. Headlights must be used when windshield wipers are in use and also in tunnels.


District of Columbia

Hazard light use is permitted while driving.


District of Columbia

Tire chain usage is permitted for hazardous weather or other related incidents only, but may not damage the highway surface.


District of Columbia

Studded tires are permitted October 15 to March 15.


District of Columbia

All vehicles other than minivans must have the following light transmittance: the front windshield and the front side windows: 70% light transmittance.

All minivans must have the following light transmittance: the rear windshield and the rear side windows: 50% light transmittance; the front windshield and the front side windows: 55% light transmittance; the rear windshield and the rear side windows: 35% light transmittance; and no tint on the windshield may come down lower than 5 inches from the top.


District of Columbia

No television equipment shall be installed in or on any motor vehicle in a location where the reception would be visible to the operator of the vehicle.


District of Columbia

Radar detectors are not permitted.


District of Columbia

Signs, posters, or other non-transparent materials may not be placed on any window unless authorized by the District.


District of Columbia

N/A.


Florida

Studded tires are permitted but only with rubber studs.


Florida

No vehicle’s side windows may be tinted with a material that has a total solar reflectance of visible light of not more than 25% and a light transmittance of at least 28% in the visible light range.

The windows behind the driver may not be tinted with a screening material consisting of film that has a total solar reflectance of not more than 35% and a light transmittance of less than 15% in the visible light range; tinted with a perforated screening material which has a total reflectance of visible light of more than 35% and a light transmittance of less than 30%; or tinted by louvered materials that reduce the driver visibility by more than 50%.

The FLHSMV shall issue a medical exemption certificate to persons who are afflicted with Lupus or similar medical conditions, which require a limited exposure to light.


Florida

No motor vehicle operated on the highways shall be equipped with television-type receiving equipment so located that the viewer or screen is visible from the Driver’s seat.  A global positioning system device may be placed on a windshield if it does not hinder the driver’s line of sight.


Florida

Radar detectors are permitted for passenger vehicles but prohibited for use by commercial vehicles.


Florida

No person shall drive any motor vehicle with any sign, poster, or other non-transparent material upon the front windshield, sidewings, or side or rear windows of such vehicle which materially obstructs, obscures, or impairs the Driver’s clear view of the highway or any intersecting highway.

Exempts GPS devices or similar satellite receiver devices.


Florida

N/A.


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.


Florida

Headlights are required to be on from sunset to sunrise, in conditions of insufficient light/adverse weather (rain, smoke, fog).


Florida

The use of hazard lights is not permitted while driving.


Florida

Tire chain usage is permitted for hazardous weather or other related incidents only, but may not damage the highway surface.


Georgia

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


Georgia

Headlights are required to be on 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise, when visibility is less than 500 feet, and in conditions of insufficient light/adverse weather.


Georgia

The use of hazard lights is permitted while driving.


Georgia

Tire chain usage is permitted for hazardous weather or other related incidents only, but may not damage the highway surface.


Georgia

Studded tires are not permitted, except for snow and ice driving conditions.


Georgia

Front windshields may not have material or glazing applied or affixed to reduce light transmission.

Material and glazing may not be applied or affixed to the rear windshield or the side or door windows so that light transmission is reduced to less than 32%, plus or minus 3%, or light reflectance increased to more than 20%.

The restrictions do not apply to the rear and side windows, except those windows to the right and left of the driver, of any multipurpose passenger vehicle, school bus, church or other nonprofit organization van, limousine owned or leased by a public or private entity, any vehicles with windows that were tinted before factory delivery or are permitted by federal law or regulation.


Georgia

No statewide restriction.


Georgia

Radar detectors are permitted for passenger vehicles but prohibited for use by commercial vehicles.


Georgia

No person may drive any motor vehicle with any sign, poster, or other non-transparent material upon the front windshield, side windows, or rear windows of such vehicle which obstructs the Driver’s clear view of the highway or any intersecting highway.


Georgia

N/A.


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.


Hawaii

Headlights are required to be used 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise.


Hawaii

Hazard light use is not permitted while driving.


Hawaii

Tire chains are not permitted.


Hawaii

Studded tires are not permitted.


Hawaii

It is unlawful for any person to operate a motor vehicle if the glazing material on any windows or windshield, excepting the top edge of the windshield, does not meet the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 205.


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.


Northwest Territories

Headlights are required to be used at all times.


Nova Scotia

No vehicle shall be equipped with any means of receiving a television broadcast that is located at a point forward of the back of the driver’s seat or that is visible to the driver while operating the vehicle.


Nova Scotia

Radar detectors are prohibited.


Nova Scotia

No person shall drive a vehicle on a highway when there is any sign, poster, or other nontransparent material upon the windshield other than a certificate, sticker, or other device required by the province.  The inspection sticker must be placed on the lower left-hand interior of the windshield.

Stickers allowed: an identification sticker on the upper most centre portion of a windshield no greater than 3 inches high and 6 inches wide, and a semi-transparent metric/miles per hour conversion indicator on the lower edge and centred in line with the vehicle’s steering column, no greater than 2 inches high and 7 inches wide.

 


Nova Scotia

N/A.


Nova Scotia

Tire chains of reasonable proportions are permissible upon any vehicle when required for safety because of snow, ice or other conditions tending to cause a vehicle to slide or skid.


Nova Scotia

Studded tires are permitted Oct. 15 – April 30.


Nova Scotia

Window tinting is allowed as long as the windshield or window to the direct right or left of the driver’s seat was tinted during the manufacture of the glass, and not applied afterward.

A windshield may be equipped with clear un-tinted frost shields.

A windshield or window must not be tinted in a way that prevents the safe operation 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.

All bumpers shall be securely attached to a vehicle and not worn, torn, damaged, or protruding to an extent likely to cause injury.

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.


Nova Scotia

Headlights are required to be used at all times.


Nova Scotia

Hazard light use is permitted while driving.


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.


Nunavut

Headlights are required to be used at all times.


Nunavut

Hazard lights are required to be activated when a driver parks a vehicle on a roadway during the period from 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise or at any other time when conditions of poor visibility exist; or when the vehicle is travelling at less than 40 km/h due to vehicle impairment.


Nunavut

Vehicles may use snow chains during icy or snowy road conditions


Nunavut

Studded tires are permitted on roads built on ice, on seasonal roads (a road that can be used for only a portion of a year), or on roads maintained by private individuals or companies.


Nunavut

No person shall operate a vehicle unless the windshield and front passenger side windows of the vehicle are free from a coating of sunscreen or reflective material other than that applied by the vehicle manufacturer.


Nunavut

No person shall operate, on a highway, a vehicle that is equipped with a cathode ray tube display screen or similar viewing screen, if the screen is located in front of the driver’s seat or is visible to the driver while the driver is operating the vehicle.


Nunavut

Radar detectors are prohibited.


Nunavut

No person shall operate, on a highway, any motor vehicle with a sticker, sign, poster or other non-transparent material placed over, or affixed to the windshield or a side or a rear window that unduly obstructs his or her view of the highway or an intersecting highway.


Nunavut

No person shall operate a vehicle with a GVWR of less than 4500 kg unless it is equipped with appropriate fenders, splash guards, rock guards or mudflaps to prevent unnecessary spray to the rear of the vehicle.


Ontario

There are no restrictions on hazard light use.


Ontario

Headlights are required to be used 1/2 hour before sunset to 1/2 hour after sunrise or when visibility is limited to 150m or less.


Ontario

Tire chains are permitted but only if they do not damage the road.


Ontario

Studded tires are permitted in northern Ontario only Oct. 1 – April 30.


Ontario

Windshields and windows may not be coated with any color spray or other color coating that obstructs the driver’s view of the highway or any intersecting highway.

Windshields and windows to the direct left or right of the driver’s seat may not be coated with any color spray or other colored or reflective material that substantially obscures the interior of the motor vehicle when viewed from outside the motor vehicle.


Ontario

No person may drive a motor vehicle that is equipped with a television set, any part of which is located forward of the back of the driver’s seat, or computer or other device that is visible to the driver while he or she is operating the vehicle.

The prohibition on television sets does not apply where the set is being used only: (1) as an aid for the safe and efficient operation of a motor vehicle; or (2) in carrying out a service or conducting a business where the use does not involve recreation or entertainment and does not affect the safe operation of the motor vehicle.

The display screens of global positioning system navigation devices, commercially-used logistical transportation tracking systems, collision avoidance systems and instruments, gauges and systems providing information regarding the status of systems of the motor vehicle are also exempted from the prohibition.


Ontario

Radar detectors are prohibited.


Ontario

No person may drive a motor vehicle on a highway with any sign, poster or other non-transparent material or object placed on the windshield or on any window of the vehicle in a manner that will obstruct the driver’s view of the highway or any intersecting highway.


Ontario

N/A


Ontario

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


Prince Edward Island

Windshield stickers are permissible as long as they do not impair the safe operation of the motor vehicle.


Prince Edward Island

N/A.


Prince Edward Island

Tire chains are permitted.


Prince Edward Island

Studded tires are permitted Oct. 1  – May 31.


Prince Edward Island

It is illegal to install transparent, opaque, or translucent material on a front or side window, unless the material is a replacement glazing installed by the manufacturer, or the material is a clear un-tinted frost shield.

It is illegal to install transparent, opaque, or translucent material on the rear windshield, unless the motor vehicle is equipped with outside rear view mirrors on the left and right of the motor vehicle, and the material is a replacement glazing installed by the manufacturer, or a clear un-tinted frost shield.

A person must not place or install any material on or in place of any window glazing that casts a glare on other vehicles on the highway because of sunlight or headlights.


Prince Edward Island

A person must not drive on a highway a motor vehicle equipped with a television set, and a person must not drive a vehicle carrying a television set while the set is in operation.


Prince Edward Island

Radar detectors are prohibited.


Prince Edward Island

Modification of original bumper height is illegal.


Prince Edward Island

Headlights are required to be used from sunset to sunrise or when visibility is 150m or less.  Daytime running lights or headlights are required to be used at all times.


Prince Edward Island

Hazard lights may not be used on a highway when a vehicle is moving.


Quebec

Modification of original vehicle bumper height is illegal.


Quebec

Headlights are required to be used when conditions warrant.


Quebec

Hazard light use is permitted only for safety reasons.


Quebec

Tire chains may be used, from 15 October to 1 May, on the tires of any emergency vehicle, any farm tractor, or any other road vehicle used for snow removal and winter maintenance.


Quebec

Studded tires may be used, from October 15 to May 1, on any commercial vehicle with a loaded mass not exceeding 3,000 kg; any passenger vehicle and taxi, provided that such a vehicle has studded tires on both ends of an axle and, where it has studded tires on the front axle, such tires are also installed on the rear axle.


Quebec

No material which darkens glass shall be affixed to or sprayed on the windshield of a road vehicle. However, a strip no more than 15 cm in width may be affixed to the upper part of a windshield.

The windows on each side of the driver’s compartment shall admit 70% or more light, when measured with a photometer.


Quebec

No person may drive a road vehicle in which a television set or a display screen is so placed that the image broadcast on the screen is directly or indirectly visible to the driver, except in the case of a closed circuit system used by the driver to operate the vehicle, or a system used by a peace officer or ambulance driver in the performance of their duties.


Quebec

Radar detectors are prohibited.


Quebec

Windshields and other windows of a motor vehicle must be free of any material that might reduce visibility from inside or outside the vehicle.


Quebec

Between December 15 and March 15, the owner of a taxi or a passenger vehicle registered in Québec may not put the vehicle into operation unless it is equipped with tires specifically designed for winter driving, in compliance with the standards prescribed by government regulation. The prohibition also applies to any person renting out passenger vehicles not equipped with that type of tires.


Saskatchewan

N/A.


Saskatchewan

Studded tires are permitted.


Saskatchewan

After-market tint films or coatings must not be applied to the windshield and front side windows.


Saskatchewan

An image displayed on a television set, video screen, or computer screen may be located so that it is visible to the driver if the image only displays information that is solely designed to assist the driver in the safe operation of the vehicle, or in ensuring the safety and security of its load or its passengers or to navigate. The equipment must be secure and located so that it does not obstruct the view of the driver.


Saskatchewan

Radar detectors are permitted for passenger vehicles but prohibited for use by commercial vehicles.


Saskatchewan

Windshield stickers that are greater than 51.2 mm in diameter in the area swept by the windshield wipers are not permitted.