Apart from registering your car within the appropriate time frame required by the state and updating you driver’s license, there are a few other car-related requirements involved with moving that you might not be aware of if you are moving out-of-state.
For example, did you know that in Ohio only a left rear-view mirror is required on a trailer, whereas in nearly every other state mirrors are required on both sides of a trailer? That’s a potential ticket that could have easily been avoided with a little bit of research. Below we’ve listed three common vehicle features that vary in restrictions across state lines:
3 Different Vehicle Restrictions State-by-State
We’ve all seen the “Baby on Board” signs or “26.2” stickers, and these are allowed in a handful of states if placed correctly or transparent, like in Iowa for example. But if you’re moving to the state of Mississippi, all such items are illegal no matter where they are placed unless they are of official use.
A necessity in the northern half of the country where road conditions can get pretty hairy during winter months, right? While a majority of these states, and even Colorado, permit studded tires during peak hazardous conditions (Nov-April), Minnesota actually does not permit its residents to use them and requires any non-residents to have them removed within 30 days of arrival.
Most states allow window tinting as long as it allows a certain percentage of light transparency or abides by the requirements set by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard. There are states, though, that don’t allow it at all or have stingier restrictions when it comes to window tint.
In Illinois, for example, unless there is a certified medical need for any sort of tint on the front or side windows, the use of window tint is considered unlawful. This is true for Michigan as well, though the rear and rear-side windows are okay to be tinted.