Is Motorcycle Lane Splitting Legal in Nevada?

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    March 28 2019

    It is illegal to split lanes or filter in Nevada.  This means that it is against the law for motorcycle riders to ride between moving or stationary vehicles that occupy adjacent traffic lanes.  However, lane sharing is legal for motorcycle riders. This means that motorcycle riders may ride side-by-side with other motorcycles if both parties consent.

    If you’re riding a motorcycle in Nevada, you need to follow specific traffic laws.

    Motorcycle-Specific Traffic Laws in Nevada

    What other laws should motorcycle riders be concerned with in Nevada?  In addition to following normal traffic laws, motorcycle riders must also adhere to the following motorcycle-specific rules.

    Protective Gear

    Motorcycle riders are required to wear a DOT-compliant helmet with protective glasses, goggles, or a face shield.  A DOT-compliant helmet will have protective inner lining that is approximately one inch thick and have a DOT sticker on the outside.

    Motorcycle License

    Nevada law requires motorcycle riders to hold a valid motorcycle driver’s license before riding on public streets.  A Class M license can be earned by taking an approved motorcycle safety class or through a test at the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.

    Nevada also transfers motorcycle endorsements and Class M licenses from most states.  If you are moving to Nevada and are currently licensed in the United States, you should see the DMV’s New Resident Guide.

    If you do not have the skills required to pass the DMV written and skills test, you should complete a course that is certified by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.  Many of these courses are sponsored by the state’s Nevada Rider program. These courses provide motorcycles and do not require a permit.

    If you choose to take the test, you will have to apply in person at a DMV Full Service Office.  A $26 testing fee will apply in addition to the licensing fee. You should be sure to bring your existing Nevada license, ID card, or proof of identity.

    Experienced Las Vegas Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

    If you or a family member has been involved in a motorcycle accident, you may have a valid personal injury claim and should seek legal advice.  Contact Anthem Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation at (702) 857-6000.  


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