Washington DC Car Seat Laws

Washington DC Car Seat Laws

  • In Washington DC all children under the age of sixteen (16) must be secured with a child safety seat or a seat belt.
  • Children under the age of eight (8) must be properly restrained in an infant seat, convertible car seat or booster seat.
  • Child safety seats must be installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Booster seats must be used with a lap and shoulder belt combination.
  • The Washington DC Car Seat Law is a primary offense, meaning a driver may be detained if an officer of the law suspects a violation of this law.

Car Seat Recommendations

Car Seat Age, Weight and Height Recommendations


DC Child Restraint Law Penalties

  • First Offense – $75 Fine or taking a $25 Child Restraint Safety Class
  • Second Offense – $75 Fine and taking a $25 Child Restraint Safety Class
  • Third Offense – $125 Fine
  • Fourth and Subsequent Offenses – $150 Fine

Washington DC Seat Belt Law

  • All drivers and passengers in any seating position must be properly secured with a vehicle safety belt or a child safety restraint.
  • Washington DC Seat Belt Law Fines and Penalties
  • The fine and penalty for a violation of the Washington DC Seat Belt Law is $50 plus two (2) points on the driver license.

Source Links for this Page

Metropolitan Police Department – Child Restraint Law

DC Car Seat Fitting Stations

Washington DC Click It or Ticket