Nebraska Revised Statute 60-6,279

Chapter 60


Protective helmets; eye protection; required; when.

(1) A person shall not operate or be a passenger on a motorcycle or moped on any highway in this state unless such person is:

(a) Wearing a protective helmet of the type and design manufactured for use by operators of such vehicles and unless such helmet is secured properly on the user's head with a chin strap while the vehicle is in motion. All such protective helmets shall be designed to reduce injuries to the user resulting from head impacts and shall be designed to protect the user by remaining on the user's head, deflecting blows, resisting penetration, and spreading the force of impact. Each such helmet shall consist of lining, padding, and chin strap and shall meet or exceed the standards established in the United States Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 218, 49 C.F.R. 571.218, for motorcycle helmets; or

(b) Beginning January 1, 2024:

(i) At least twenty-one years of age; and

(ii)(A) For a resident of Nebraska, has completed the basic motorcycle safety course as provided in the Motorcycle Safety Education Act and submitted proof of such completion to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Proof of such completion shall be in a manner approved by the department; or

(B) For a nonresident of Nebraska, has completed an equivalent to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation basic motorcycle rider course or some other substantially similar motorcycle rider course approved by the state of the person's residence and provides proof of such completion to a law enforcement officer upon request.

(2) The Department of Motor Vehicles shall modify the existing system of the department by January 1, 2024, to allow the date of completion of such course to be recorded on the person's record provided for in section 60-483.

(3) A person shall not operate a motorcycle or moped on any highway in this state unless such person employs one of the following forms of eye protection: (a) Glasses that cover the orbital region of the person's face, (b) a protective face shield attached to a protective helmet, (c) goggles, or (d) a windshield on the motorcycle or moped that protects the operator's and passenger's horizontal line of vision in all operating positions.


Cross References

  • Motorcycle Safety Education Act, see section 60-2120.


  • The list required by section 39-6,212 (transferred to section 60-6,280) acts as a limiting construction of this section by enumerating some of those helmets which meet the criteria of this section; when taken together, the helmet law and list are not vague. Claims that this section violates constitutional rights to due process and equal protection are without merit, since the helmet law implicates neither a fundamental right nor a suspect classification and is rationally related to a legitimate legislative aim. Although the State may promulgate and enforce motorcycle helmet standards only if the state standards are identical to those promulgated by the federal Department of Transportation, the helmet law is constitutional, since the visor requirement is properly severable from the remainder of this section. Robotham v. State, 241 Neb. 379, 488 N.W.2d 533 (1992).