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Florida Motorcycle Laws

In the list below, please find copy of Florida laws applying to motorcycles.

Please understand laws vary from state to state and the laws within a state change or evolve over time. Thus, you should only use the below chart as a guide to the laws in Florida, as effective 2010-2011.

To look up the current motorcycle laws in your own state, you might run a Google ™ search, inserting the name of the state and adding the words:

"state statutes" For example, a typical search may be: "Florida State Statutes". The search results should provide the link to your own state's statutes online; and from there, you may search the state's statutes for the your applicable chapter providing your traffic laws. Alternatively, if you are not comfortable with an online search, you may visit your public library to ask for assistance; or, you can simply CONTACT us at HOG-LAW to get you started.


Any person operating a motorcycle...

Riding on motorcycles

A person operating a motorcycle shall ride only upon the permanent and regular seat attached...

License Tags

The license tag must be permanently affixed to the vehicle and may not be adjusted or capable of being flipped up.

Operating motorcycles on roadways laned for traffic

All motorcycles are entitled to full use of a lane and no motor vehicle shall be driven in such manner as to deprive any motorcycle of the full use of a lane.

Footrests, handholds & handlebars

Any motorcycle carrying a passenger, other than in a sidecar or enclosed cab...

Equipment for motorcycle riders. (Helmets, Eye protection etc.)

A person may not operate or ride upon a motorcycle unless the person is properly wearing protective headgear securely fastened...

Certain lights prohibited

No person shall drive or move or cause to be moved any vehicle or equipment upon any highway of this state with any lamp...


Every vehicle shall be equipped with a mirror so located as to reflect to the driver a view of the highway for a distance of..

Exhaust systems, prevention of noise (and smoke)

Every motor vehicle shall at all times be equipped with an exhaust system in good working order and...

Wearing of headsets

No person shall operate a vehicle while wearing a headset, headphone, or...

Motorcycle headlights to be turned on

Any person who operates a motorcycle on the public streets or highways shall...

(Over 21 & if covered by an insurance policy providing at least $10,000 in medical benefits)

Notwithstanding subsection (1), a person over 21 years of age may operated or ride upon a motorcycle without wearing...

Miniature motorcycles

A person who engages in the business of motorized scooters or miniature motorcycles...

Horns & warning devices

Every motor vehicle when operated upon a highway shall be equipped with a horn in good working order and...

Stop lamps

Every motorcycle shall be equipped with...

Multiple beam road-lighting equipment

Every motorcycle shall be equipped with...

Brake equipment required

Every motor-driven cycle must comply with...

Performance Ability of brakes

Every motorcycle, at all times and under all conditions of loading, upon application of the service brake, shall...

Brakes on cycles

The department is authorized to require an inspection of the braking system on any motor-driven cycle and...

Other equipment

Every motorcycle and every motor-driven cycle when operated upon a highway shall comply with...


If you are involved in a motorcycle accident in Florida, there are many things you need to consider:

  • Who will be responsible for your past and future medical bills?
  • Can you recover past and future lost wages?
  • What about property damage compensation?
  • How much will motorcycle repairs cost, and who is responsible?
  • Who pays the cost of a rental car?
  • Have you, or will you experience pain, suffering, or mental anguish?

You need an experienced Motorcycle Accident Lawyer.
Call Brad Souders any time, day or night, at 1-866-464-5291 for a FREE, immediate consultation. An attorney helping bikers!

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