Idaho Car Seat Laws


Idaho Car Seat Laws

  • In the State of Idaho all children six (6) years of age or younger must be properly secured in a child safety restraint that is federally approved.
  • This applies to all noncommercial vehicles manufactured after January 1, 1966.
  • If all seat belts in the vehicle are being used, the child must be place in the back seat of the vehicle if a back seat exists.
  • An attendant may remove the child from the car safety restraint for purposes of nursing or attending to other immediate physiological needs.
  • The fine for a violation of the Idaho Car Seat law is $60.

Rear Facing Car SeatRear Facing Infant Seats

  • Children under the age of one (1) must be placed in a rear facing infant seat with or without removable bases.

Front Facing Car SeatForward Facing Car Seats

  • Children from one (1) to four (4) years of age (typically twenty (20) to forty (40) pounds) can be placed in a forward facing car seat with harness straps that position on the child’s shoulders.

Booster SeatBooster Seats

  • Children four (4) to six (6) years of age must be placed in an approved booster seat using both a lap and shoulder belt combination in the back seat of the vehicle if a back seat exists.

Other Child Safety Seat Recommendations

  • Never place a rear facing infant seat in the front seat of a vehicle with an active front passenger side airbag.
  • Children under 13 years of age should never be placed in front of an airbag.
  • It is always safest for children to ride in the back seat of the vehicle if one is available.


Seat BeltsIdaho Seat Belt Laws

  • In the State of Idaho all vehicle passengers are required to wear safety restraints
  • Drivers and passengers cited for a violation of the Idaho Seat Belt Law may receive a $10 citation.
  • An adult driver may be ticketed for passengers under the age of eighteen (18) that are not properly restrained.
  • If the driver is under the age of eighteen (18) and the driver or any passenger under the age of eighteen (18) fail to wear a seat belt, the $10 ticket and court costs will total $51.50.

Source Links for this Page

Idaho Transportation Department

Idaho’s Child Restraint Law

Idaho Seat Belt Law