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Dash Cam Laws by State 2024

Dash Cam Laws by State 2024

A dashboard camera, or dash cam, can be a helpful instrument to mount onto your car, and more and more drivers are choosing to use them. A dash cam is not the same as the video screen that may monitor what is behind your car when you are driving in reverse. It records what is going on in traffic in front of you and behind you. In case you get into an accident, a dash cam will have recorded what happened so that police and insurance companies will not have to rely on the testimony of witnesses or the pattern of damage to the vehicle. Dash cams have also recorded episodes of police violence in which the person being assaulted by the police was inside the car.

Different states have different laws concerning the use of dash cams. Some of those laws involve privacy, while others include obstructions on the windshield.

Safe driving requires a clear view out the windshield, and a dash came is usually mounted onto the windshield with suction cups. Generally speaking, if the dash cam takes up more than five inches on the driver’s side or seven inches on the passenger’s side, it is considered an obstruction. That could lead to you getting a ticket (or worse, getting into an accident). Check with your state’s specific laws regarding the dimensions of a dash cam if it is positioned on the windshield, or better yet, look for a dash cam that can be mounted onto the dashboard.

Privacy is a big issue, and dash cams record people without their permission. A license plate that comes up on a dash cam is recorded so that the person driving that car can be traced to a particular location, without his or her permission. Dash cams also record conversations that happen inside the vehicle, something that is illegal unless all of the people in the car are aware that they are being recorded. Due to privacy concerns, dash cams are unlawful in some countries. Many states have laws regulating the privacy issue concerning dash cams, so make sure that before getting one (or if you already have a dash cam), you know what your state’s laws are.

Dash cams can be handy, but not if using one lands you in legal trouble. Know what your state’s laws are so that you can save yourself much trouble later.

Dash Cam Laws by State 2024

  • Laws may change at any time. Data shown should not be considered legally authoritative.

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State
Dash Cam Legality
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AlaskaYes
- Dash cams are legal in Alaska under Statute 13.04.225 as long as they do not obstruct the driver's...
ArizonaYes
- Arizona law governs the extent to which drivers and vehicle owners are permitted to obstruct their...
ArkansasYes
- In Arkansas, using a dash cam is legal, but it's illegal to cover your windshield with anything th...
CaliforniaYes
- Dash cameras are legal in California. | - However, you must follow regulations that limit the amou...
ColoradoYes
- Dash cameras are entirely legal in Colorado. However, what’s illegal is mounting a dash camera in ...
ConnecticutYes
- In Connecticut, driving with dash cams is legal. The only rule is that the dash cam must be placed...
HawaiiYes
- Dash cams are legal in Hawaii as long as they are installed correctly. | - Dash cams can be instal...
IllinoisYes
- Dash cams are legal in Illinois, but there are three key laws to follow. Dash cams must be install...
IndianaYes
- Dash cams are legal in Indiana, but they must be installed in the bottom corner of the passenger s...
LouisianaYes
- Dash cameras are legal in Louisiana. | - However, it is illegal to operate a vehicle if something ...
MarylandYes
- Dash cams are legal in Maryland as long as you follow the state’s rules, including some very speci...
MassachusettsYes
- Dash cams are legal in Massachusetts, but there are some rules to follow. You can install dashboar...
MichiganYes
- Dash cams are legal in Michigan, but it is illegal to mount them on windshields because they can o...
MinnesotaYes
- Dash cams are legal in Minnesota, but you have limited options for where you can mount them. The d...
MissouriYes
- In Missouri, dash cams are permitted, which is unusual because dash cam placement and use are not ...
MontanaYes
- Dash cam use is permitted in Montana. | - In Montana, however, windshields must be completely clea...
NebraskaYes
- Dash cameras are allowed in Nebraska, but you can't put them directly on the windshield because th...
NevadaYes
- Dash cameras are permitted in Nevada, but only if they are mounted in either the bottom passenger-...
New HampshireYes
- Dash cameras are permitted in New Hampshire, but there are a few rules to be aware of. | - Install...
New JerseyYes
- Dash cams are legal in New Jersey, but they must be installed correctly. Any non-transparent objec...
New YorkYes
- Dash cams are legal in New York, and the state actively encourages all drivers to use them. A5132 ...
North CarolinaYes
- North Carolina has no laws governing their placement or use, so installing one is fine. However, r...
North DakotaYes
- Dash cams are legal in North Dakota as long as they are installed in a secure location. | - In thi...
OhioYes
- While dash cameras are permitted in Ohio, mounting them on your drivers' windshields is prohibited...
OklahomaYes
- Dash cameras are allowed as long as they are not mounted on the driver's windshield in Oklahoma. I...
OregonYes
- Dash cams are legal in Oregon, but there are a few guidelines to follow. Installing dash cams on w...
PennsylvaniaYes
- Dash cameras are permitted for business use in Pennsylvania, but there are regulations that you sh...
Rhode IslandYes
- Dash cameras are allowed in Rhode Island, but it's against the law to place them there because not...
South CarolinaYes
- Dash cameras are permitted in South Carolina, but they must be mounted on the dashboard rather tha...
South DakotaYes
- Dash cams are legal in South Dakota, but there are some rules to follow. It's against the law to i...
TennesseeYes
- Dash cams are legal in Tennessee, but you should not install them on your drivers' windshields bec...
TexasYes
- Dash cams are legal in Texas as long as they are installed correctly. It's illegal in Texas to dri...
UtahYes
- Although it depends on where you place them, dash cams are permitted in Utah. | - In Utah, putting...
VermontYes
- Dash cameras are permitted in Vermont, but only if they are installed properly. As long as they're...
VirginiaYes
- Dash cams are legal in Virginia, but mounting them on your drivers' front windshields or rear wind...
WashingtonYes
- Dash cams are legal in Washington, but there are a couple of laws to be aware of. It's against the...
West VirginiaYes
- While dash cameras are permitted in West Virginia, it is against the law to affix anything obscure...
WisconsinYes
- Dash cameras are permitted in Wisconsin, but you must be careful where you place them. Unless you ...
WyomingYes
- Dash cams are legal in Wyoming as long as they don't block your drivers' vision through their wind...
AlabamaNo Prohibition
- Dash cam use is completely permitted in Alabama. | - However, suction dash cams are prohibited to ...
DelawareNo Prohibition
- According to Delaware law, "no person shall drive any vehicle upon a highway with any sign, poster...
FloridaNo Prohibition
- It's legal to use dash cams in Florida, but it's illegal to drive a vehicle with something obstruc...
GeorgiaNo Prohibition
- Dashboard cameras are legal in Georgia, and drivers are permitted to record video and audio as lon...
IdahoNo Prohibition
- Dash cams are permitted in Idaho, but it's against the law to cover your windshield with non-trans...
IowaNo Prohibition
- Dash cams are legal in Iowa, but there is a restriction on where they can be placed. Driving a veh...
KansasNo Prohibition
- Dash cams are legal in Kansas, but there is a restriction on where they can be used. | - It's agai...
KentuckyNo Prohibition
- Dash cams are legal in Kentucky, but there is some ambiguity regarding their setup. | - Dash cams ...
MaineNo Prohibition
- Dash cams are completely legal in Maine. | - However, you must be cautious about where you place t...
MississippiNo Prohibition
- Dash cams are legal in Mississippi, but they must not obstruct the driver's view through the winds...
New MexicoNo Prohibition
- Dash cameras are permitted in New Mexico, however installation locations need to be carefully cons...
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