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Info 101: Missouri State motorcycle laws
MO Dept. of Revenue

MO motorcycle laws

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  • MO Dept. of Revenue

Motorcycle Examiners throughout the ether are thrashing madly and performing the mental heavy lifting to bring you the rules and regulations pertaining to the various states in order to get you, the dedicated rider and reader, ready for the upcoming riding season.  Several Motorcycle Examiners are working at compiling a list of the motorcycle laws for every state.  As usual, is your one-stop-shop for up to the minute motorcycle related news on the information super highway. 


  • Safety Helmet  - Required by law
  • State Funded Rider Ed - Available for all eligible applicants
  • Eye Protection - Not required
  • Daytime use of headlight - Modulating headlight permitted
  • Passenger seat - Not required
  • Passenger footrest - Not required
  • Passenger age restriction - None
  • Helmet speakers - No restriction
  • Periodic Safety Inspection - Required by law
  • Mirror Left(L) Right(R) - None required
  • Radar detector - No restriction
  • Turn signals - Not required
  • Muffler - No acoustical criteria
  • Maximum Sound Level - No acoustical criteria
  • State Insurance Requirement - Compulsory Liability (Minimum Limits)(25/50/10)
  • Handlebar Height - Maximum of 15" above seat - Required by inspection regulations
  • Rider Education Waiver - Skills test
  • Acceptable motorcycle endorsements from other states - Yes
  • Accept Riders Ed completion card from other states - N/A
  • Motorcycles operating abreast in the same lane - Not referenced in Administrative Code or Statutes
  • Lane Splitting - Not referenced in Administrative Code or Statutes
  • Lemon Law Coverage - No
  • Blood Alcohol - Over 21 .08 - Under 21 .02

Off Road

  • Safety Helmet  - Required by law
  • Eye Protection - Not required
  • Minimum Operator Age - Direct supervision of a person 18 or older if under age 16
  • Rider Education Certification - Not required
  • Operator License - Not required
  • Headlight - Not required
  • Taillight - Not required
  • Muffler - Required by law
  • Maximum Sound Level - No limit
  • Spark Arrestor - Required by law
  • Registration - Required by law
  • Vehicle Title - Required by law
  • Trails Program - Not available
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Info 101: Motorcycle Laws for other states

  • Arkansas: Shreveport Motorcycle Travel Examiner, Mary Baker
  • Kentucky: Motorcycle Travel Examiner, Patty Davis
  • Louisiana:  Shreveport Motorcycle Travel Examiner, Mary Baker
  • Oklahoma:  Shreveport Motorcycle Travel Examiner, Mary Baker


  • Patty Davis 5 years ago

    I noticed your reference list at the right; one stop shopping for laws indeed!

  • Randy 5 years ago

    Thanks for listing the basic safety and equipment requirements for our home state. For those of us that have ridden for years, a little reminder of what the regulations really are, is helpful.

  • Duke Bushido 4 years ago

    Thanks for the effort, Eric, but this is the same stuff that's all over the net, and boils down to "what mods can I make to my bike legally, and can I wear a cool do-rag instead of a geeky helmet?"

    Is there anywhere on the net that a person can find the actual statutes and laws for the operation of and licensing requirements (tags, license, permit restrictions, etc) for motorcycles in Missouri? Seems that South Carolina is the only state that has made them totally accessible.

    The problem is that I have questions related to the laws of licensing and operation, and really couldn't care less about how high my ape hangers can be or how many safety features I can legally shave off the bike.

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