Legislative Watch: Seat Belt Laws and You

by: John R. Paul

November 17, 2011

Ever wonder what your state law is when it comes to seat belts in your historic vehicle?  What about the laws in neighboring states where you might one day decide to drive?  Now you can search for seat belt requirements on a state-by-state basis with this new, interactive map from the Historic Vehicle Association.

The HVA wants all historic vehicle enthusiasts to better understand the various laws that impact them.  But everybody knows that, where state law is concerned, it can sometimes be hard for the average person to keep up.  That’s why the HVA continues to develop its online library of interactive maps designed to help you research everything from various emissions regulations and personal property tax to vehicle registration requirements and, now, seat belt law.

This new and easy-to-navigate map offers state-specific searches of legal requirements for your historic vehicle based on the year of manufacture.  Click here to check it out.  Once you’re there, just click on the state in question and you’ll see the year of vehicle manufacture prior to which seat belts are not required.

Are there any other state laws or legal issues that confuse you?  The HVA is always looking to expand our resource directory and would love to get some input from you.  Drop us an email at legislative@historicvehicle.org or head on over to the HVA’s Facebook page.



  1. Nick Canada

    You have Saskatchewan and the Yukon reversed. You might want to fix that.

  2. Phillip Spencer Faison, North Carolina

    I am not aware of the seat belt laws in my state.

  3. howard Payne Michigan

    I will be driving my vehicle in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana

  4. joe staus texas

    I have a 1960 Cadillac . No seatbelts, is it granfathered in Texas??

  5. Bill Lowrey Texas

    The seat belt map didn't come through.

  6. Jeff NJ

    Seat belt law map won't load.

  7. ROGER W. VIERSE Copperas Cove, Texas 76522

    hanks for all you do. Y

  8. Jon Saulnier Michigan

    The interactive map for seat belt laws does not load. I am interested in IN and OH in particular.

  9. Steve Florida

    Your link to the interactive map does not work

  10. Mike Mastej Florida

    Looking for seat belt laws in various states

  11. stan Missouri

    seatbelt law

  12. Ron Stucky Hot Springs Village Arkansas

    What about Arkansas ? Can't get map to tell me what seat belt law is here

  13. wilbur ellis virginia

    i would like to know about seatbelt law for my state

  14. whit north carolina

    laws in all states

  15. Jaya You really found a way to make this whole prcseos easier.

    You really found a way to make this whole prcseos easier.