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U.S. metal-studded snow tire regulations

Survey Of States

This update of a survey of U.S. metal-studded snow tire regulations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia was compiled by the Tire Industry Safety Council and American Automobile Association. The latest survey reveals the following:

  • Thirty-three states and the District of Columbia set seasonal restrictions for metal-studded snow tire use.

  • Seven states have unrestricted use of metal-studded snow tires: Colorado, Kentucky, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Vermont, and Wyoming.

  • Ten states prohibit metal-studded snow tires: Alabama, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland (except in five mountainous counties), Minnesota, Mississippi, Texas, and Wisconsin.

The Council reminds drivers that when metal-studded snow tires are mounted on the front axle, they must also be placed on the rear axle for better handling and stability.

Since metal-studded snow tire regulations change frequently, check with local officials about legality in your area.

State Regulation

Alabama - Prohibited

Alaska - Sep 15 - May 1; South of 60 degrees - Sep 30 - Apr 15

Arizona - Oct 1 - May 1

Arkansas - Nov 15 - Apr 15

California - Nov 1 - Apr 1

Colorado - No Restrictions

Connecticut - Nov 15 - Apr 30

Delaware - Oct 15 - Apr 15

District of Columbia - Oct 15 - Apr 15

Florida - Prohibited

Georgia - Permitted only for driving on snow and/or ice

Hawaii - Prohibited

Idaho - Oct 1 - Apr 15

Illinois - Prohibited

Indiana - Oct 1 - May 1

Iowa - Nov 1 - Apr 1

Kansas - Nov 1 - Apr 15

Kentucky - No Restrictions

Louisiana - Prohibited

Maine - Oct 1-Apr 30

Maryland - Prohibited except in Allegheny, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, and Washington counties Mar 31

Massachusetts - Nov 2 - Apr 30 unless otherwise authorized by registrar

Michigan - Nov 1 - Apr 1, Northern regions: Oct 1 - May 1

Minnesota - Prohibited except for nonresidents who are subject to restrictions imposed by their Reciprocity is granted. Full-time nonresident students employed within Minnesota permitted use of studded tires, regardless of vehicle registry.

Mississippi - Prohibited

Missouri - Nov 1 - Mar 31

Montana - Oct 1 - May 1

Nebraska - Nov 1 - Apr 1 special permit issued by Dept of roads

Nevada - Oct 1 - Apr 30

New Hampshire - No Restrictions

New Jersey - Nov 15 - Apr 1

New Mexico - No Restrictions

New York - Oct 16 - Apr 30

North Carolina - No Restrictions

North Dakota - Oct 15 - Apr 15

Ohio - Nov 1 - Apr 15

Oklahoma - Nov 1 - Apr 1

Oregon - Nov 1 - Apr 30 unless specified differently by Dept of Transportation because of weather conditions.

Pennsylvania - Nov 1 - Apr 15

Rhode Island - Nov 15 - Apr 1

South Carolina - Permitted for snow and ice driving if they do not protrude more than 1/16" from the tread

South Dakota - Oct 1 - Apr 30

Tennessee - Oct 1 - Apr 15

Texas - Prohibited

Utah - Oct 15 - Apr 15

Vermont - No Restrictions

Virginia - Oct 15 - Apr 15

Washington - Nov 2 - Mar 31

West Virginia - Nov 1 - Apr 15

Wisconsin - Not permitted except for cars with out of state registration (only if such car is passing through the state for a period of not more than 30 days.)

Wyoming - No Restrictions

 

 

 

 

 

 

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