What is the FL seat belt law? Florida

Understanding the Florida Seat Belt Law

Florida's seat belt law is straightforward: Anyone riding in the front seat of a vehicle made after 1968 needs to wear a seat belt. Teens younger than 18 must always wear a car seat belt (or be secured by a safety seat) regardless of seat location.

The seatbelt law applies to passengers and drivers in cars, pick-up trucks, and vans. Violators will be fined at least $30 for each offense, plus $6 in court costs. If you're the driver and a passenger younger than 18 breaks this law, you're responsible for the violation.

Other FL Car Seat Belt Laws

In case you're interested, here are the safety laws for young children:

  • Ages 4-5: Must wear a safety belt or be in a federally approved child safety seat
  • Ages 0-3: Must wear a federally approved child-restraint car seat

Other Information About Car Seat Belts

Have any other questions regarding seat belts and safety laws? Contact the DHSMV at (850) 617-2000 or visit the Florida Highway Patrol site for additional information.

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