RV Seat Belt Laws in Every US State & Canada

Heading out for an adventure? Make sure you know the RV seat belt laws for each state you visit! Learn more with Cruise America’s comprehensive guide.
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Hitting the road and discovering magnificent new locations is part of what makes RV traveling exhilarating!

Before you reach your destination, you’ll spend some time in the RV on highways, interstates, and other roads.  Avoid fines and have a pleasant journey by reviewing the RV seat belt laws by state. Buckle up as we take you on a ride through the seat belt laws of all 50 states and Canada! 

RV Seat Belt Laws by State 

Alabama: Alabama RV seat belt laws are straightforward. Those in the front seat are required to wear a seat belt. Those in the back seat are not required to buckle up.

Alaska: Fasten your seat belts, everyone. All passengers in the vehicle must wear a seat belt when the RV is in motion. 

Arizona: In Arizona, people in the front seat need to wear seat belts. Those under 15 in the back seat must also buckle up. 

Arkansas: Front seat passengers must buckle up, according to Arkansas law.

California: Everyone in the vehicle needs to wear a seat belt. No exceptions for older RV models apply in California.  

Colorado: People in the front seat must wear seat belts while the vehicle is in motion. 

Connecticut: As in most states, the driver and front-seat passenger need to wear seat belts. In the back, passengers under 16 must wear seat belts as well.

Delaware: Seat belts are serious in Delaware, with a higher seat belt usage rate than the national average. They are a must for every passenger when riding in Delaware. 

Florida: Front seat riders must wear seat belts while in Florida. Back seat riders under 18 are also required to fasten their seat belts.

Georgia: In Georgia, all passengers need to wear seat belts. This includes those in the backseat under 18 years old. Vehicles with over 10 passengers are exempt from the backseat rule. 

Hawaii: Hawaii follows a strict “click it or ticket” guideline that requires everyone in the vehicle to wear a seat belt. Fines for ignoring this rule are some of the most expensive in the country, so be sure to buckle up! 

Idaho: No surprise here—everyone in the RV needs to buckle up in Idaho! Vehicles over 8,000 pounds are exempt from this rule.

Illinois: Illinois used to have more lax seat belt laws. But the state now requires all passengers 15 and under to wear seat belts in the back of an RV. Of course, those in the front seat also must buckle up.  

Indiana: Front seat riders, fasten those seat belts. Many wonder, can you sit in an RV while driving? In Indiana, back seat riders can sit in the RV without seat belts while it’s on the road.

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Iowa: Don’t forget to wear a seat belt in Iowa! All passengers are required to use the safety belt while the RV is moving. 

Kansas: If you are in the front seat, you are required to wear a seat belt. Children under 14 need to be properly buckled in the back of the RV.

Kentucky: Whether you are driving the RV or dozing in the back seat, everyone in the RV better be buckled up, according to Kentucky law.

Louisiana: Front seat, you know the drill. The seat belts must be fastened. As for back seat passengers, those under 12 must follow this guideline as well.

Maine: Maine is another state that takes seat belt regulations seriously. Everyone in the RV should remember to put on a seat belt.

Maryland: Only the front seat riders need to fasten their seat belts, according to Maryland law. Adults in the back seat are free to ride without one.

Massachusetts: Massachusetts means business. Seat belts all around in this state. Buckle up to avoid fines!  

Michigan: It’s no surprise that those in the front seat must wear a seat belt. In Michigan, children under 15 are also subject to this rule. 

Minnesota: Minnesota is not as stringent in its seat belt laws as others on the list. Front seat people do need to wear seat belts. Back seat riders over 10 are not required to. 

Mississippi: Mississippi is Minnesota’s seat belt law twin. So follow the same rules as listed above for a safe trip.

Missouri: When traveling in Missouri, backseat riders under 15 must buckle up. The same goes for the driver and front-seat passenger.

Montana: No matter where you’re seated, you should fasten that seat belt. Montana requires everyone in the RV to wear a seat belt.

Nebraska: You’ve probably guessed that people in the front seat must wear a seat belt. As for backseat riders, those under 18 need to follow this rule.  

Nevada: Front, back, middle—everyone needs to buckle up in Nevada. This does not apply when the RV is traveling at less than 15 miles per hour.

New Hampshire: Unless your RV is a 1968 or older model, you and all the others in the vehicle must buckle up in this state. 

New Jersey: Seat belts on at all times in the front seat! The back seat is a bit more relaxed. Children 17 and under are required to fasten seat belts.  

New Mexico: New Mexico does not take seat belt wearing lightly. This state requires all passengers to wear one. 

New York: This east coast state has safety in mind. Front-seat occupants and children under 15 must wear seat belts in New York.

North Carolina: If you are in the front seat of the vehicle, you must be wearing a seat belt. This rule applies to the rest of the passengers under 16 years of age. 

North Dakota: No shock here. Seat belts are mandatory for front-seat riders. Back seat riders under 17 must follow suit. 

Ohio: In Ohio, RV seat belt laws are not very strict. Only front seat passengers are required to buckle up. Of course, it is wise for riders in the back to do so as well.

Oklahoma: Oklahoma is similar to most states, requiring people to use seat belts in the front seat. But the backseat seat belt requirement only applies to children 12 and under. 

Oregon: Forgetting to buckle up in Oregon is expensive. Avoid a fine by ensuring everyone is buckled up in accordance with Oregon law.

Pennsylvania: Front seat people, buckle up in PA. Back seat riders, you have the same responsibility if you are under 18. 

Rhode Island: Click it or ticket. Every passenger in the vehicle needs to wear a seat belt while traveling through the smallest state.  

South Carolina: Just like Rhode Island, South Carolina requires seat belts all around. Remind everyone to buckle up while on the road here. 

South Dakota: Adults in the back seat don’t have to buckle up. But front seat riders of all ages need to wear a seat belt in South Dakota. 

Tennessee: The driver and front passenger must be buckled up in Tennessee. Riders under 16 need to wear seat belts in the back seat. 

Texas: Texas is similar to Tennessee, but the backseat laws are a bit stricter. Those in the front seat must have seat belts fastened. Riders 17 and younger are also required to follow this law. 

Utah: Don’t skip a seat belt in Utah. Everyone in the RV must wear a seat belt in accordance with Utah law. 

Vermont: Just like Utah, Vermont enforces seat belt regulations on everyone in a motorhome. So be sure to fasten your seat belt before hitting the road. 

Virginia: In the front, seat belts are mandatory. In the back, those 16 and under need to wear them as well.

Washington: The fees for not adhering to the seat belt laws in Washington are quite high. Skip the stress and have everyone in the vehicle wear a seat belt at all times. 

West Virginia: If you are in the front of the vehicle, you must have a seat belt on. Individuals 17 and under are also required to fasten seat belts in the back.  

Wisconsin: As you can guess, people in the front seat are required to wear seat belts in Wisconsin. When it comes to the back, everyone 15 and under needs to be buckled up as well. 

Wyoming: Everyone in the vehicle, strap on your seat belt. Wyoming law states that all riders in an RV need to be strapped in.

Canada: In all 10 of Canada’s provinces, seat belts are required in Class A-Class C motorhomes. 
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Hitting the road and discovering magnificent new locations is part of what makes RV traveling so exhilarating. Doing it in a well maintained and safe vehicle gives you the peace of mind to travel farther, make more memories, and seize every adventure. 

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