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Motorcycle Laws

Know the rules of the road

Motorcyclists have the same rights and responsibilities on public roads as other highway users. Anyone who operates a motorcycle in New Hampshire must have a current, valid motorcycle license or a New Hampshire motorcycle permit. Motorcycle permits from other states are not recognized in New Hampshire. Some laws you should be aware of are:

  • Helmet law — If you are riding on or operating a New Hampshire motorcycle and you are under 18, you are required by law to wear a helmet.
  • Eye and face protection — If you are riding on or operating a New Hampshire motorcycle, you are required by law to wear eye protection, unless the New Hampshire motorcycle is equipped with a windscreen.
  • Minimum insurance requirements — New Hampshire does not require insurance unless you are required to have compulsory insurance due to an accident or have been convicted of a DWI. If you are required to have compulsory liability insurance, the minimum limits required are 25/50/25.

Bodily injury liability (one person): $25,000

Bodily injury liability (all people, one accident): $50,000

Property damage liability: $25,000

However, we strongly encourage all motorcycle owners to have a $100,000/$300,000 policy, or better or a $250,000/$500,000 limit insurance policy on your motorcycle. It is a very sad situation to have been seriously injured and have the other driver have a $25,000 policy or none at all.

  • Riding on motorcycles — No more than the designated number of riders may be on a motorcycle, both hands must be on the handlebars, and passengers cannot interfere with the driving or control of the motorcycle.
  • Driving on roads laned for traffic — Riding between lanes or riding more than two abreast in a single lane is prohibited by law in New Hampshire.
  • Motorcycle noise levels — As you would expect, there are certain laws around noise levels of motorcycles. Many factors come into play when determining allowable noise levels. It’s best to read the specific law for details.

Click on these links for more information on motorcycle licensing and motorcycle training.