Are Radar Detectors Legal In My State – List Updated 2017

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Radar Detector Laws

Illegal to use in the following states:

  • District of Columbia (Washington D.C)
  • Virginia

Legal to use, but there’s laws prohibiting hanging anything from your windshield in the following states:

  • California
  • Florida
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania

Legal to use in the following states:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

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Laser Jammer Laws

Illegal to use in the following states:

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Illinois
  • Minnesota
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia

Legal to use in the following states:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

There is questionable legality in the following state:

  • Nebraska

The specific state laws

California​

DIVISION 12. EQUIPMENT OF VEHICLES [24000 – 28150]

( Division 12 enacted by Stats. 1959, Ch. 3. )

CHAPTER 5. Other Equipment [27000 – 28160]

( Chapter 5 enacted by Stats. 1959, Ch. 3. )

ARTICLE 17. Jamming Devices [28150- 28150.]

( Article 17 added by Stats. 1998, Ch. 493, Sec. 1. )

(a) No vehicle shall be equipped with any device that is designed for, or is capable of, jamming, scrambling, neutralizing, disabling, or otherwise interfering with radar, laser, or any other electronic device used by a law enforcement agency to measure the speed of moving objects.

(b) No person shall use, buy, possess, manufacture, sell, or otherwise distribute any device that is designed for jamming, scrambling, neutralizing, disabling, or otherwise interfering with radar, laser, or any other electronic device used by a law enforcement agency to measure the speed of moving objects.

(c) Except as provided in subdivision (d), a violation of subdivision (a) or (b) is an infraction.

(d) When a person possesses four or more devices in violation of subdivision (b), the person is guilty of a misdemeanor.

(e) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a person who has a valid federal license for operating the devices described in this section may transport one or more of those devices if the license is carried in the vehicle transporting the device at all times when the device is being transported.

(Added by Stats. 1998, Ch. 493, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 1999.)

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Colorado

*** This document reflects changes current through all laws passed at the Second Regular Session of the Seventieth General Assembly of the State of Colorado (2016) and changes approved by the electorate at the General Election on November 8, 2016 ***

TITLE 42. VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC  
REGULATION OF VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC  
ARTICLE 4.REGULATION OF VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC  
PART 14. OTHER OFFENSES

C.R.S. 42-4-1415 (2016)


42-4-1415. Radar jamming devices prohibited – penalty



(1) (a) No person shall use, possess, or sell a radar jamming device.

(b) No person shall operate a motor vehicle with a radar jamming device in the motor vehicle.

(2) (a) For purposes of this section, “radar jamming device” means any active or passive device, instrument, mechanism, or equipment that is designed or intended to interfere with, disrupt, or scramble the radar or laser that is used by law enforcement agencies and peace officers to measure the speed of motor vehicles. “Radar jamming device” includes but is not limited to devices commonly referred to as “jammers” or “scramblers”.

(b) For purposes of this section, “radar jamming device” shall not include equipment that is legal under FCC regulations, such as a citizens’ band radio, ham radio, or any other similar electronic equipment.

(3) Radar jamming devices are subject to seizure by any peace officer and may be confiscated and destroyed by order of the court in which a violation of this section is charged.

(4) A violation of subsection (1) of this section is a class 2 misdemeanor traffic offense, punishable as provided in section 42-4-1701 (3) (a) (II) (A).

(5) The provisions of subsection (1) of this section shall not apply to peace officers acting in their official capacity.

HISTORY: Source: L. 2005: Entire section added, p. 340, § 1, effective July 1.

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District of Columbia

736     RADAR DETECTORS AND JAMMERS

736.1      No person shall sell or offer for sale in the District any device designed to detect or counteract police radar.

736.2      No person shall use or have in his possession in an automobile in the District any device used to detect or counteract police radar.

736.3      This section does not apply to any vehicle or equipment used by the Armed Forces of the United States.

             SOURCE: Commissioner’s Order 61-2026 effective November 21, 1961, Article 25, § 16 of the Police Regulations (May, 1981).

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Illinois

    (625 ILCS 5/12-613)
    Sec. 12-613. Possession and use of radar or laser jamming devices prohibited.
    (a) Except as provided in subsection (b), a person may not operate or be in actual physical control of a motor vehicle while the motor vehicle is equipped with any instrument designed to interfere with microwaves or lasers at frequencies used by police radar for the purpose of monitoring vehicular speed.
    (b) A person operating a motor vehicle who possesses within the vehicle a radar or laser jamming device that is contained in a locked opaque box or similar container, or that is not in the passenger compartment of the vehicle, and that is not in operation, is not in violation of this Section.
    (c) Any person found guilty of violating this Section is guilty of a petty offense. A minimum fine of $50 shall be imposed for a first offense and a minimum fine of $100 for a second or subsequent offense.
    (d) The radar or laser jamming device or mechanism shall be seized by the law enforcement officer at the time of the violation. This Section does not authorize the permanent forfeiture to the State of any radar or laser jamming device or mechanism. The device or mechanism shall be taken and held for the period when needed as evidence. When no longer needed for evidence, the defendant may petition the court for the return of the device or mechanism. The defendant, however, must prove to the court by a preponderance of the evidence that the device or mechanism will be used only for a legitimate and lawful purpose.
    (e) A law enforcement officer may not stop or search any motor vehicle or the driver of any motor vehicle solely on the basis of a violation or suspected violation of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 94-594, eff. 1-1-06; 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)

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Minnesota

Subd. 12. Radar jammer. For purposes of this section, “radar jammer” means any instrument, device, or equipment designed or intended for use with a vehicle or otherwise to jam or interfere in any manner with a speed-measuring device operated by a peace officer.

No person shall sell, offer for sale, use, or possess any radar jammer in this state.

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Nebraska

“60-6,274.

Terms, defined.

For purposes of sections 60-6,274 to 60-6,277:

(1) Radar transmission device shall mean any mechanism designed to interfere with the reception of radio microwaves in the electromagnetic spectrum, which microwaves, commonly referred to as radar, are employed by law enforcement officials to measure the speed of motor vehicles;

(2) Possession shall mean to have a radar transmission device in a motor vehicle if such device is not (a) disconnected from all power sources and (b) in the rear trunk, which shall include the spare tire compartment, or any other compartment which is not accessible to the driver or any other person in the vehicle while such vehicle is in operation. If no such compartment exists in a vehicle, then such device must be disconnected from all power sources and be placed in a position not readily accessible to the driver or any other person in the vehicle; and

(3) Transceiver shall mean an apparatus contained in a single housing, functioning alternately as a radio transmitter and receiver.

Source

Laws 1982, LB 32, å¤ 2;
R.S.1943, (1988), å¤ 39-6,206;
Laws 1993, LB 370, å¤ 370.

60-6,275.

Radar transmission device; operation; possession; unlawful; violation; penalty.

It shall be unlawful for any person to operate or possess any radar transmission device while operating a motor vehicle on any highway in this state. Any person who violates this section shall be guilty of a Class IIIA misdemeanor.

Source

Laws 1982, LB 32, å¤ 1;
R.S.1943, (1988), å¤ 39-6,205;
Laws 1993, LB 370, å¤ 371.

60-6,276.

Authorized devices.

Section 60-6,275 shall not apply to (1) any transmitter, transceiver, or receiver of radio waves which has been lawfully licensed by the Federal Communications Commission or (2) any device being used by law enforcement officials in their official duties.

Source

Laws 1982, LB 32, å¤ 3;
R.S.1943, (1988), å¤ 39-6,207;
Laws 1993, LB 370, å¤ 372.

60-6,277.

Prohibited device; seizure; disposal.

Any device prohibited by sections 60-6,275 and 60-6,276 found as the result of an arrest made under such sections shall be seized, and when no longer needed as evidence, such device shall, if the owner was convicted of an offense under such sections, be considered as contraband and disposed of pursuant to section 29-820.

Source

Laws 1982, LB 32, å¤ 5;
R.S.1943, (1988), å¤ 39-6,209;
Laws 1993, LB 370, å¤ 373.”

Sources:

http://nebraskalegislature.gov/laws/statutes.php?statute=60-6,274

http://nebraskalegislature.gov/laws/statutes.php?statute=60-6,275

http://nebraskalegislature.gov/laws/statutes.php?statute=60-6,276


Oklahoma

“Oklahoma Statutes Citationized
Title 47. Motor Vehicles
Chapter 11 – Rules of the Road
Section 11-808 – Radar Interference Devices – Advertising, Sale, Manufacture, or Distribution Prohibited – Exemption – Penalties

A. As used in this section:

1. “”Jammer”” means any instrument, device, or equipment designed or intended for use with a vehicle or otherwise to jam or interfere with in any manner a speed measuring device operated by a law enforcement officer in the vicinity; and

2. “”Speed measuring device”” shall include, but is not limited to, devices commonly known as radar speed meters or laser speed meters.

B. It shall be unlawful for any person to use or possess a jammer.

C. It shall be unlawful to manufacture, advertise or offer for sale, sell or otherwise distribute any jammer in this state.

D. This section shall not apply to any person who lawfully possesses a license issued by the Federal Communications Commission for the use of a jammer.”

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South Carolina

SECTION 56-5-3870. Motor vehicle speed detection jamming devices.

(A) It is unlawful for a motor vehicle to be equipped with or for an operator of a motor vehicle to employ any device that is designed for jamming, scrambling, neutralizing, disabling, or interfering with radar, laser, or any other electronic device used by a law enforcement agency to measure the speed of a motor vehicle.

(B) A person who violates a provision contained in this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than one thousand dollars.

HISTORY: 2006 Act No. 279, Section 1, eff May 23, 2006.

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Tennessee

*** Current through the 2016 Regular Session and the 2nd Extraordinary Session of the 109th Tennessee General Assembly ***

Title 39 Criminal Offenses
Chapter 16 Offenses Against Administration of Government
Part 6 Obstruction of Justice

Tenn. Code Ann. å¤ 39-16-610 (2016)

39-16-610. Radar jamming devices.

(a) As used in this section, unless the context otherwise requires:

(1) “”Radar jamming device”” means any active or passive device, instrument, mechanism, or equipment that is designed or intended to interfere with, disrupt, or scramble the radar or laser that is used by law enforcement agencies and officers to measure the speed of motor vehicles;

(2) “”Radar jamming device”” includes, but is not limited to, devices commonly referred to as “”jammers”” or “”scramblers””; and

(3) “”Radar jamming device”” does not include equipment that is legal under FCC regulations, such as a citizens’ band radio, ham radio, or any other similar electronic equipment.

(b) It is an offense for any person to knowingly possess or sell a radar jamming device.

(c) It is an offense for any person to knowingly operate a motor vehicle with a radar jamming device in the motor vehicle.

(d) It is an offense for a person to knowingly use a radar jamming device for the purpose of interfering with the radar signals or lasers used by law enforcement personnel to measure the speed of a motor vehicle on a highway.

(e) Any radar jamming device that is used in violation of this section is subject to seizure by any law enforcement officer and may be confiscated and destroyed by order of the court in which a violation of this section is charged.

(f) This section shall not apply to law enforcement officers acting in their official capacity.

(g) (1) A violation of subsection (b) or (c) is a Class C misdemeanor.

(2) A violation of subsection (d) is a Class B misdemeanor.

HISTORY: Acts 2006, ch. 853, å¤ 1.

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Texas

Sec. 547.616.  RADAR INTERFERENCE DEVICES; OFFENSE.  (a)  In this section, “radar interference device” means a device, a mechanism, an instrument, or equipment that is designed, manufactured, used, or intended to be used to interfere with, scramble, disrupt, or otherwise cause to malfunction a radar or laser device used to measure the speed of a motor vehicle by a law enforcement agency of this state or a political subdivision of this state, including a “radar jamming device,” “jammer,” “scrambler,” or “diffuser.”  The term does not include a ham radio, band radio, or similar electronic device.

(b)  A person, other than a law enforcement officer in the discharge of the officer’s official duties, may not use, attempt to use, install, operate, or attempt to operate a radar interference device in a motor vehicle operated by the person.

(c)  A person may not purchase, sell, or offer for sale a radar interference device to be used in a manner described by Subsection (b).

(d)  A person who violates this section commits an offense.  An offense under this subsection is a Class C misdemeanor.

Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 739 (H.B. 1116), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2011.

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Utah

Index Utah Code
Title 41 Motor Vehicles
Chapter 6a Traffic Code
Part 6 Speed Restrictions
Section 609 Radar jamming devices and jamming radar prohibited — Defense — Exceptions — Penalties. (Effective 5/10/2016)

Effective 5/10/2016
41-6a-609. Radar jamming devices and jamming radar prohibited — Defense — Exceptions — Penalties.
(1) As used in this section, “”radar jamming device”” means any instrument or mechanism designed or intended to interfere with the radar or any laser that is used by law enforcement personnel to measure the speed of a motor vehicle on a highway.
(2)
(a) A person may not operate a motor vehicle on a highway with a radar jamming device in the motor vehicle.
(b) A person may not knowingly use a radar jamming device to interfere with the radar signals or lasers used by law enforcement personnel to measure the speed of a motor vehicle on a highway.
(3) It is an affirmative defense to a charge under Subsection (2)(a) that the radar jamming device was in an inoperative condition or could not be readily used at the time of the arrest or citation.
(4) This section does not apply to law enforcement personnel acting in their official capacity.
(5) A person who violates this section is guilty of an infraction.

Amended by Chapter 303, 2016 General Session

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Virginia

2016 Code of Virginia
Title 46.2 – Motor Vehicles
Chapter 10 – Motor Vehicle and Equipment Safety
å¤ 46.2-1079. Radar detectors; demerit points not to be awarded

Universal Citation: VA Code å¤ 46.2-1079 (2016)
A. It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a motor vehicle on the highways of the Commonwealth when such vehicle is equipped with any device or mechanism, passive or active, to detect or purposefully interfere with or diminish the measurement capabilities of any radar, laser, or other device or mechanism employed by law-enforcement personnel to measure the speed of motor vehicles on the highways of the Commonwealth for law-enforcement purposes. It shall be unlawful to use any such device or mechanism on any such motor vehicle on the highways. It shall be unlawful to sell any such device or mechanism in the Commonwealth. However, provisions of this section shall not apply to any receiver of radio waves utilized for lawful purposes to receive any signal from a frequency lawfully licensed by any state or federal agency.

This section shall not be construed to authorize the forfeiture to the Commonwealth of any such device or mechanism. Any such device or mechanism may be taken by the arresting officer if needed as evidence, and, when no longer needed, shall be returned to the person charged with a violation of this section, or at that person’s request, and his expense, mailed to an address specified by him. Any unclaimed devices may be destroyed on court order after six months have elapsed from the final date for filing an appeal.

Except as provided in subsection B of this section, the presence of any such prohibited device or mechanism in or on a motor vehicle on the highways of the Commonwealth shall constitute prima facie evidence of the violation of this section. The Commonwealth need not prove that the device or mechanism in question was in an operative condition or being operated.

B. A person shall not be guilty of a violation of this section when the device or mechanism in question, at the time of the alleged offense, had no power source and was not readily accessible for use by the driver or any passenger in the vehicle.

C. This section shall not apply to motor vehicles owned by the Commonwealth or any political subdivision thereof and used by law-enforcement officers in their official duties, nor to the sale of any such device or mechanism to law-enforcement agencies for use in their official duties.

D. No demerit points shall be awarded by the Commissioner for violations of this section. Any demerit points awarded by the Commissioner prior to July 1, 1992, for any violation of this section shall be rescinded and the driving record of any person awarded demerit points for a violation of this section shall be amended to reflect such rescission.

1962, c. 125, å¤ 46.1-198.1; 1975, c. 108; 1976, c. 90; 1978, cc. 87, 91; 1981, c. 303; 1989, c. 727; 1992, c. 825; 1998, c. 300.

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