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What are the lighting laws in my state?

Most car enthusiasts like yourself love to hear people give you props for all the work you've done to your vehicle if it's from a new high horsepower motor or to a set of custom-made lighted mud flaps with your own personal saying that lights up at the flip of a switch.


Even though we love to trick out our rides there are laws we should be aware of. Each state is a little different on what color lights they allow and what is not allowed, and how it is allowed to be installed on a vehicle. So many rules right! But don't worry we have all 50 states lighting laws. If you choose to install aftermarket lighting of any sort on your vehicle, just take a little precaution.


If you are ever pulled over for lighting on your vehicle, be sure to carry a copy of the lighting laws with you in your vehicle. And present it to the officer if you are pulled over for lighting issues. Respect the police officer as they are the ones to come to your aid if your house is being broken into, or if you are being shot at. Show them the respect that they deserve and they should respect you just the same.


Our recommendation is, if you want lights for your car, get them and enjoy them, but If you end up getting a lot of hassle just flip the switch off for public roads and save it for off-road and car shows.


They can't hassle you if they can't catch you........


Educate yourself on your states lighting laws


Alabama


There is no law that actually restricts aftermarket led lighting in Alabama however, there are some restrictions you should be aware of so you don't get hassled by the cops.

  • Red lights are prohibited to be on the front of the vehicle

  • Flashing lights of any kind are prohibited

  • License plate lights must be white

Alaska


Aftermarket vehicle lighting is not restricted in Alaska, so your LEDs shouldn’t necessarily be illegal as long as you follow these few tips:

  • The color blue is prohibited

  • Red lights are prohibited to be on the front of the vehicle.

  • Flashing lights of any kind are prohibited

  • License plate lights must be white

  • Only permitted underglow colors are white on the front, amber on the sides, and red on the rear of the car

Arizona


Aftermarket vehicle lighting is not restricted in Arizona, so your LEDs shouldn’t necessarily be illegal as long as you follow these few tips:

  • Any lights visible from the front of the car should be white or amber

  • Any lights visible on the rear side of the car should be red

  • License plate lights must be white

  • Flashing lights of any kind are prohibited

Arkansas


Aftermarket vehicle lighting is not restricted in Arkansas, so your LEDs shouldn’t necessarily be illegal as long as you follow these few tips:

  • Arkansas allows two additional ornamental lights permitted on the front of the vehicle, these must always be white

  • License plate lights must be white

  • At any time no red, blue, or green lights may be visible from the front of the vehicle

  • Flashing lights of any kind are prohibited

California


Aftermarket vehicle lighting and underglow are considered legal in California as long as you follow these few regulations:

  • Red lights are prohibited to be on the front of the vehicle.

  • Flashing lights of any kind are prohibited

  • Underglow must not emit more than 0.05 candela per square inch

  • All aftermarket lights must not be installed within 12 inches of the vehicle’s required lights

Colorado


Aftermarket vehicle lighting is not restricted in Colorado, so your LED lighting shouldn’t necessarily be illegal as long as you follow these few restrictions:

  • Green colored lights are strictly forbidden

  • All red or blue lights may not visible from the front of the car

  • Avoid blue and red color lights as these are used for emergency vehicles.

  • Street glow is not prohibited but you should avoid flashing, rotating or oscillating street glow systems as these may be a distraction on the road.


Connecticut


All additional aftermarket lighting is considered to be illegal in Connecticut.


Delaware


Aftermarket vehicle lighting is not restricted in Delaware, so your LED lighting shouldn’t necessarily be illegal as long as you follow these few restrictions:

  • Lights that are visible from the front should only be white or amber

  • Lights that are visible from the rear of your car should be either red or amber

  • Red lights are prohibited to be on the front of the vehicle.

  • License plate lights must be white

  • Flashing lights of any kind are prohibited

  • Avoid blue, green and red lights so you don’t get confused for an emergency vehicle

Florida


Aftermarket vehicle lighting is not restricted in Florida, so your LED lighting shouldn’t necessarily be illegal as long as you follow these few restrictions:

  • Red lights are prohibited to be on the front of the vehicle.

  • Blue colored lights are prohibited on any part of the vehicle

  • All lights on the rear of the vehicle must be red

  • License plate lights must be white

  • Flashing lights of any kind are prohibited

Georgia


Aftermarket vehicle lighting is not restricted in Georgia, so your LED lighting shouldn’t necessarily be illegal as long as you follow these few restrictions:

  • Red, blue, violet, and green colors are strictly forbidden

  • License plate lights must be white

  • Flashing lights of any kind are prohibited

Hawaii


Aftermarket vehicle lighting is not restricted in Hawaii, so your LED lighting shouldn’t necessarily be illegal as long as you follow these few restrictions:

  • A combination of red and blue colors are not permitted

  • License plate lights must be white

  • WARNING: If you’re caught using blue lights or a combination of blue and red lights, you may receive a fine of up to $1,000, up to 1 year in prison, or both!

Idaho


Aftermarket vehicle lighting is not considered illegal in Idaho, so your LED lighting shouldn’t necessarily be illegal as long as you follow these few restrictions:

  • Red lights are prohibited to be on the front of the vehicle.

  • Flashing lights of any kind are prohibited

  • Blue lights are strictly prohibited

  • Make sure only red light is visible from the back of your car

  • License plate lights must be white

  • Flashing Amber lights are allowed for emergency use only.

Illinois


Additional aftermarket lighting and underglow are considered illegal in the state of Illinois


Indiana


The use of additional aftermarket vehicle lighting while driving would be considered legal in Indiana, as long as you follow these few restrictions:

  • License plate lights must be white

  • Flashing lights are prohibited

  • All combinations of red, blue, white, and amber colors are considered illegal

Iowa


The use of additional aftermarket vehicle lighting while driving would be considered legal in Iowa, as long as you follow these few restrictions:

  • Red color should not be visible from the front of the vehicle, and the rear end of the vehicle should only display the color red.

  • Flashing lights are prohibited

  • Blue lights must never be used on any part of a vehicle except on authorized emergency vehicles.

  • License plate lights must be white

Kansas


Aftermarket vehicle lighting is not restricted in Kansas, so your LED lighting shouldn’t necessarily be illegal as long as you follow these few restrictions:

  • Red underglow is strictly prohibited

  • Flashing lights are prohibited

  • Neon tubes need to be completely hidden and are not allowed to be visible

  • Try to avoid blue and green aftermarket lights so you don’t get your car confused for an emergency vehicle

Kentucky


The use of additional aftermarket vehicle lighting while driving would be considered legal in Kentucky, as long as you follow these few restrictions:

  • Flashing and rotating lights are prohibited, but may be used in an emergency

  • Blue lights are strictly permitted

  • Red color should not be visible from the front of the vehicle

  • Avoid using red or green aftermarket or underglow lights so you won’t get confused for an emergency vehicle.

  • Any lights that are visible from the front of your car must be either white or amber

  • Any lights that are visible from the back of your car must either be white, amber or red

  • To be safe, keep your underglow to white and amber colors and make sure they’re not directly visible.

Louisiana


The use of additional aftermarket vehicle lighting while driving would be considered legal in Louisiana, as long as you follow these few restrictions:

  • Blue-colored lights are considered illegal

  • Flashing lights are prohibited

  • Using neon lights of any color except white near license plate is prohibited

  • Red or green light must not be visible from the front of the car.

  • Do not display any combination of white, red, and blue colored lights.

Maine


In Maine car underglow is considered illegal anywhere other than at shows or exhibitions

  • Never use car underglow while driving

  • You’re allowed to have underglow colors in white or amber for the front of your car, amber on the side, and amber or red at the back

  • Flashing and rotating lights are prohibited

Maryland


The use of additional aftermarket vehicle lighting while driving would be considered legal in Maryland, as long as you follow these few restrictions:

  • Make sure that red or blue lights are not visible from the front of your car

  • Make sure only red lights are visible from the rear of your car

  • Flashing lights are strictly prohibited

  • License plate lights must always be white

  • Avoid a combination of blue and red aftermarket lights and underglow so you don’t get confused for an emergency vehicle

  • You are allowed to have one running board light in white or amber on either side of your car

  • You are allowed two lamps at your side cowl or fender as well as in the front of your car in white or amber

Massachusetts


Additional aftermarket lighting and underglow are considered illegal in the state of Massachusetts


Michigan


Additional aftermarket lighting and underglow are considered illegal in the state of Michigan while driving, furthermore:

  • Forbidden to use any kind of flashing lights

  • Installing underglow in the state of Michigan is not illegal, but be sure you cover it and not have it lit while driving

Minnesota


Minnesota law does specifically prohibit additional vehicle lighting which may include neon underglow.


Mississippi


Mississippi law does not restrict additional aftermarket vehicle lighting which would include neon underglow, but it does restrict which colors may be visible while the car is in motion.

  • Make sure all lights visible from the front of your vehicle are either white or amber, those visible from the side of your car must be amber, and those visible from the rear of the car must be red

  • Your license plate lights must always be white

  • Flashing lights are prohibited

Missouri


The use of additional aftermarket vehicle lighting while driving would be considered legal in Missouri, as long as you follow these few restrictions:

  • No red color may be visible from the front of the vehicle

  • Your license plate lights must always be white

  • Flashing lights are prohibited

  • The state of Missouri does not specifically restrict the blue color, but most states prohibit it since it can be mistaken for police or other emergency vehicle.

Montana


The use of additional aftermarket vehicle lighting while driving would be considered legal in Montana, as long as you follow these few restrictions:

  • Flashing, rotating, or oscillating lights are strictly prohibited

  • Blue, red, and green neon lights are strictly prohibited

  • Your license plate lights need to always be white

  • Green, blue and red color aftermarket lights and underglow are strictly prohibited when on highways or public roads, but are allowed in other settings

Nebraska


The use of additional aftermarket vehicle lighting while driving would be considered legal in Nebraska, as long as you follow these few restrictions:


  • No red or green color may be visible from the front of the vehicle

  • Rotating or flashing lights are prohibited

Nevada


Nevada law does not specify nor restrict additional vehicle lighting equipment which would include neon underglow, as long as you adhere to the following restrictions:

  • Flashing amber lights are strictly prohibited unless used for emergency

  • Make sure the only visible lights from the rear of your car are red

  • Your license plate lights must always be white

  • Amber underglow that’s visible from the front of the vehicle only would be considered safe, and red from the back.

New Hampshire


New Hampshire law does not mention additional allowed or restricted vehicle lighting which would include neon underglow, but ensure you avoid the following restrictions:

  • Red, blue, amber, and green aftermarket lights and underglow are strictly prohibited

  • Your license plate lights need to always be white

New Jersey


New Jersey law does not restrict using aftermarket vehicle lighting which would include neon underglow, but it does restrict which colors may be visible while the car is in motion, consider the following restrictions:

  • all lights visible from the front of the car must be white or amber

  • all lights visible from the front sides of the car must be amber

  • all lights visible from the back or near the back of the car must be red

  • license plate illumination must always be white

  • no flashing lights may be used

New Mexico


The use of additional aftermarket vehicle lighting while driving would be considered legal in New Mexico, as long as you follow these few restrictions:

  • The red light should not be visible from the front of the vehicle

  • Flashing lights are prohibited

New York

  • The use of additional aftermarket vehicle lighting while driving would be considered legal in New York as long as they are white in color

  • No rotating, flashing, oscillating, or moving lights are permitted

  • License plate illumination must always be white

North Carolina


The use of additional aftermarket vehicle lighting while driving would be considered legal in North Carolina as long as you follow these few restrictions:

  • Blue or red lights are strictly prohibited

  • Avoid flashing amber lights, unless in an emergency

  • Make sure only red lights are visible from the back of your car

North Dakota


The use of additional aftermarket vehicle lighting while driving would be considered legal in North Dakota as long as you follow these few restrictions:

  • No red or green lights are visible from the front of your car

  • Your license plate lights must always be white

  • Flashing lights are prohibited

  • To be safe, avoid blue and purple shade lights so you won’t get confused for an emergency vehicle

Ohio


The use of additional aftermarket vehicle lighting while driving would be considered legal in Ohio as long as you follow these few restrictions:

  • No flashing, rotating or oscillating lights are permitted

  • License plate illumination must be white

  • Underglow lights must not exceed 300 candlepower

  • Make sure all additional side cowl and fender lights are either white or amber

Oklahoma


Oklahoma law does not restrict additional vehicle lighting which would include neon underglow, as long as you avoid the following restrictions:

  • No flashing lights are permitted

  • No red or blue lights may be visible from the front of the vehicle

  • Blue lights are completely prohibited

  • License plate illumination must be white, and no additional lights near the license plate are permitted

Oregon


The use of additional aftermarket vehicle lighting while driving would be considered legal in Oregon as long as you follow these few restrictions:

  • The only permitted color in the rear of your car is red (white license plate illumination excluded)

  • Avoid red and blue lights so you don’t get confused for an emergency vehicle

  • Flashing, revolving, rotating and oscillating lights are strictly prohibited

  • No red lights are visible from the front of your car

Pennsylvania


Additional aftermarket lighting and underglow are considered illegal in the state of Pennsylvania


Rhode Island


Rhode Island law does not restrict additional vehicle lighting which would include neon underglow, but ensure you avoid the following restrictions:

  • Red and blue lights in front of the car are strictly prohibited

  • Flashing lights are strictly prohibited, but considered legal in an emergency

  • Your license plate lights must always be white

South Carolina


The use of additional aftermarket vehicle lighting while driving would be considered legal in South Carolina as long as you follow these restrictions:

  • No red lights may be visible from the front of the vehicle

  • The blue color is reserved for police vehicles and may not be visible anywhere outside the car

  • Flashing or rotating lights are prohibited, but considered legal only in emergency

  • License plate illumination must be white

South Dakota


The use of additional aftermarket vehicle lighting while driving would be considered legal in South Dakota as long as you follow these restrictions:

  • No red light may be visible from the front of your car

  • Blue lights are illegal to use

  • License plate illumination must be white

Tennessee


The use of additional aftermarket vehicle lighting while driving would be considered legal in Tennessee as long as you follow these restrictions:

  • Never use any combination of white, amber, or red lights in front of the vehicle

  • Flashing lights are strictly prohibited

Texas


The use of additional aftermarket vehicle lighting while driving would be considered legal in Texas as long as you follow these restrictions:

  • No flashing, rotating or oscillating lights are permitted on civilian vehicles (the only exception is in Sec. 547.331. allowing emergency lamps in case of traffic hazards)

  • No red lights may be visible from the front of the vehicle

  • Texas laws also explicitly permit underglow on motorcycles, but only non-flashing white and amber lights are allowed. On cars, Texas also allows fender lights and running board courtesy lamps.

Utah


Utah law does not restrict additional aftermarket vehicle lighting which would include neon underglow, as long as you adhere to the following restrictions:

  • No red or blue lights may be visible from the front of the car

  • No flashing or rotating lights are allowed

Vermont


Vermont law does not restrict additional aftermarket vehicle lighting which would include neon underglow, as long as you adhere to the following restrictions:

  • Do not use red, blue, or amber underglow.

  • Any after-market lights must not emit over 4 candle power

  • License plate illumination must be white.

Virginia


Virginia law restricts additional aftermarket vehicle lighting which includes neon underglow.


Washington


Washington law restricts additional aftermarket vehicle lighting which includes neon underglow. Vehicle lighting is only considered legal while parked on private property and don’t use red or blue lights, or flashing or rotating lights.


Washington D.C.


The use of additional aftermarket vehicle lighting an underglow while driving is not illegal in Washington D.C., to be safe make sure you follow these few restrictions:

  • No red lights may be visible from the front of the vehicle

  • License plate illumination must be white

  • Flashing lights are prohibited

West Virginia


The use of additional aftermarket vehicle lighting and underglow while driving is not illegal in West Virginia., to be safe make sure you follow these few restrictions:

  • Make sure that only white or amber light is visible from the front of the car

  • No flashing, rotating or oscillating lights are allowed

  • Your license plate lights must always be white

  • Make sure that only red lights are visible from the back of your car

  • White and amber underglow is allowed on your motorcycle but should not flash or rotate

Wisconsin


The use of additional aftermarket vehicle lighting and underglow while driving is considered legal in Wisconsin, to be safe, make sure you follow these few restrictions:

  • all lights visible from the front of the car should be white or amber

  • all lights visible from the back of the car should be red

  • no flashing lights may be used, unless for emergency

  • no blue lights are permitted

  • license plate illumination must be white

Wyoming


The use of additional aftermarket vehicle lighting and underglow while driving is considered legal in Wisconsin, to be safe, make sure you follow these few restrictions:

  • all lights visible from the back of the car should be red

  • red or blue lights may not be visible from the front of the car

  • license plate illumination must be white

  • no flashing lights are permitted, unless for emergency

We always recommend you check your states most up-to-date laws regarding after marking lighting or underglow for your vehicle. This is the owner's responsibility to make sure they are aware of current laws and updates that happens within their state.

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