Maine Car Seat Laws

Maine Car Seat Laws

  • In the State of Maine all children from birth to eight (8) years of age must be secured in an approved child safety system.
  • Children under the age of one (1) and weighing less than twenty (20) pounds must be secured in a rear facing car seat.
  • *Note: Never place a child in a rear facing car seat in the front seat of a vehicle with an active passenger side airbag.
  • Children under the age of twelve (12) who weigh less than one-hundred (100) pounds must be secured in the back seat of a vehicle if possible.
  • Children and Teens under the age of eighteen (18) and older than eight (8) years of age must be properly secured with a vehicle safety belt.
  • Children under the age of eighteen (18) that are taller than four-feet, seven-inches (4’ 7”) must be properly secured with a vehicle safety belt.

Maine Car Seat Law Exemptions

    • Passengers with a medically certified condition that does not allow the use of the equipment specified above.

  • Rural postal carriers while they are delivering mail.

Fine for a Violation of the Maine Car Seat Law

  • First Offense – $50
  • Second Offense – $125
  • Third and Subsequent Offenses – $250 (Cannot be suspended)

Maine Seat Belt Laws

  • All occupants eight (8) years of age or older must be properly secured with a federally approved safety belt.
  • The fine for not using a seat belt is the same as the above penalties for securing children.

Source Links for this Page

Maine’s Child Safety Seat Law

Maine Revised Statutes