It’s in Georgia Code, Title 40, Chapter 6, Article 13, Part 2 that you will find most motorcycle laws for the state of Georgia. From on-the-road laws and restrictions to off road requirements, below is a list of the current state laws for Georgia motorcyclists.
Helmet: Required by law. Georgia Code, 40-6-315 (a) No person shall operate or ride upon a motorcycle unless he or she is wearing protective headgear, which complies with standards established by the commissioner of motor vehicle safety.
Eyewear: Required by law.
Speakers: For communication purposes only.
Windshield: Required unless eyewear protection is used. Georgia Code, 40-6-315 (b) No person shall operate or ride upon a motorcycle if the motorcycle is not equipped with a windshield unless he or she is wearing an eye-protective device of a type approved by the commissioner of public safety.
Handlebar: Must not exceed 15” above seat. Georgia Code, 40-6-314 (b) No person shall operate any motorcycle with handlebars more than 15 inches in height above that portion of the seat occupied by the operator or with a backrest more commonly known as a sissy bar that is designed in such a way as to create a sharp point at its apex.
Footrests: Required by law, if carrying passenger. Georgia Code, 40-6-314 (a) Any motorcycle carrying a passenger, other than in a sidecar or enclosed cab, shall be equipped with footrests for such passenger.
Driver Seat: Required by law. Georgia Code, 40-6-311 (a) A person operating a motorcycle shall ride only upon the permanent and regular seat attached thereto; and such operator shall not carry any other person nor shall any other person ride on a motorcycle unless such motorcycle is designed to carry more than one person, in which event a passenger may ride upon the permanent and regular seat if designed for two persons or upon another seat firmly attached to the motorcycle at the rear or side of the operator.
Mirrors: Either left (L) or right (R) One required by law.
Turn Signals: Required on motorcycles unless manufactured prior to 1972 as per the Georgia Code, 40-8-25 (c) No person shall sell or offer for sale or operate on the highways any motor vehicle, trailer, or semitrailer registered in this state and manufactured or assembled after January 1, 1954, unless it is equipped with mechanical or electrical turn signals meeting the requirements of Code Section 40-8-26. This subsection shall not apply to any motorcycle or motor driven cycle manufactured prior to January 1, 1972.
Taillight: Required as per Georgia Code 40-8-25. Brake lights and turn signals required. They also must be operational as governed in Georgia Code 40-8-25 (b) If a motor vehicle is manufactured with two brake lights, both must be operational.
Muffler: Required by law; no acoustical criteria.
Maximum Sound Level: No restrictions.
Of course, a motorcyclist must abide by the laws set forth on operators of vehicles for the state of Georgia. However, there are some laws that are targeted specifically for those who are experience with operating a motorcycle. Those laws are:
Full Use of Lane: All motorcyclists are entitled to full use of a lane. Source: Georgia Code 40-6-312 (a) All motorcycles are entitled to full use of a lane, and no motor vehicle shall be driven in such a manner as to deprive any motorcycle of the full use of a lane. This subsection shall not apply to motorcycles operated two abreast in a single lane.
Other Laws Deemed in Georgia Code 40-6-312 for motorcycle operations:
(b) The operator of a motorcycle shall not overtake and pass in the same lane occupied by the vehicle being overtaken.
(c) No person shall operate a motorcycle between lanes of traffic or between adjacent lines or rows of vehicles.
(d) Motorcycles shall not be operated more than two abreast in a single lane.
(e) A person operating a motorcycle shall at all times keep his headlights and taillights illuminated.
Note: (f) Subsections (b) and (c) of this Code section shall not apply to police officers in the performance of their official duties.
Driver/Passenger Safety & Regulations
Age: No restrictions.
Footrest: Required if carrying passenger. Georgia Code, 40-6-314 (a) Any motorcycle carrying a passenger, other than in a sidecar or enclosed cab, shall be equipped with footrests for such passenger.
Seat: Required if carrying passenger.
Age: At least 16 years of age.
Rider-Education Waiver: Skill and Knowledge Test, plus a vision exam.
Radar Detector: No restrictions.
Periodic Safety Inspections: None.
Registration, Insurance, and Documentation
License: Class M license is required to operate a motorcycle. Georgia Code, 40-5-23 (c)…Class M — Motorcycles, motor driven cycles, and three-wheeled motorcycles.
Registration: Required by law. Georgia Code, 40-2-2.
Vehicle Title: Not required.
Insurance: Insurance law is as followed by the Georgia Code, 33-7-11 (a)(1) No automobile liability policy or motor vehicle liability policy shall be issued … unless it contains an endorsement or provisions undertaking to pay the insured all sums which said insured shall be legally entitled to recover as damages from the owner or operator of an uninsured motor vehicle, within limits exclusive of interests and costs which at the option of the insured shall be: (A) Not less than $25,000.00 because of bodily injury to or death of one person in any one accident, and, subject to such limit for one person, $50,000.00 because of bodily injury to or death of two or more persons in any one accident, and $25,000.00 because of injury to or destruction of property…