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Unread 04-15-2004, 08:49 AM   #1
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Door laws, state to state

I did a seach, and could not find a definitive answer on whether its okay to take the doors off in my state or other states for that matter. Does anyone have a link?

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Unread 04-15-2004, 09:14 AM   #2
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I did a seach, and could not find a definitive answer on whether its okay to take the doors off in my state or other states for that matter. Does anyone have a link?
Most states and localities have pretty liberal requirements for on road requirements, usually having to do with rear facing mirrors, lights, etc.

Basically, you could probably drive a bare chassis with a seat, seat belt, head and tail lights, turn signals and one rear facing mirror. Some states might require a windshield (most probably).

I don't think doors are required by statute in most states, but my suggestion would be to give a call to the highway patrol and ask them, that will give you state law on the matter, which would, in general, also be adopted locally.

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I know in Illinois, you need one rear facing mirror. SO doorless is ok...
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Unread 04-15-2004, 10:34 AM   #4
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I'd be willing to bet that there is no state in which going doorless is illegal, so long as you meet other requirements, like mirror(s). Someone said it in another post, and it was a perfect analogy..where do you get doors for your motorcycle??
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Unread 04-15-2004, 07:46 PM   #5
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I did a seach, and could not find a definitive answer on whether its okay to take the doors off in my state or other states for that matter. Does anyone have a link?
It would help if you say what state your in.....


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I'd be willing to bet that there is no state in which going doorless is illegal, so long as you meet other requirements, like mirror(s). Someone said it in another post, and it was a perfect analogy..where do you get doors for your motorcycle??

Not the same thing, a whole different set of laws for motorcycles. No seatbelts or windshields (on most) motorcycles. But for most states, so long as you have the mirrors on the Jeep, your good to go.
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Unread 04-16-2004, 07:05 AM   #6
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Someone a while back was saying that their state required eye protection, working lights, seatbelts and one rear facing mirror. So I guess you could drive with windshield folded down, no doors, one mirror, and goggles.

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Unread 04-16-2004, 10:30 AM   #7
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I don't really understand it either. I am in PA, and I was pulled over for having my doors off. The cop told me that if it was on the vehicle at the time of manufacture then it is required for driving on the road. I looked it up in the statutes and all I could find was a line that basically said the same thing. On the other hand, I still see jeeps with out doors.
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I don't really understand it either. I am in PA, and I was pulled over for having my doors off. The cop told me that if it was on the vehicle at the time of manufacture then it is required for driving on the road. I looked it up in the statutes and all I could find was a line that basically said the same thing. On the other hand, I still see jeeps with out doors.
Would that also mean that if your Jeep came with a hard or soft top that you cannot take it off (at least in PA)?
That would mean buying a Jeep in PA with NO top and then adding one when you got home. Also would mean carrying factory window sticker which proved Jeep was originally purchased with NO top. Same thing with doors.
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If you send me your address and jeep info, I will write you a receipt that you baught the jeep from ME without doors.

And what if you're one of those guys who builds your own jeep? Can anything go at that point? I mean, YOU are the manufacturer.

Anyone know the laws in NJ?

I just assumed that I "had" to buy the replace-a-mirrors....
Maybe I don't?
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These are all the questions that ran through my mind as well. I think that the cop just wanted to assert his authority and at the time I looked like a good target. The law he quoted didn't really make sense to me, even after I read it. The law is so vague, it would depend on the courts interpretation. In the end, he didn't give me a ticket and it was starting to get cold outside anyway, so I put the doors back on. I will take them off again this summer, and if I get a ticket I'll go to court. If not for anything more than to find out what the law is.
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It isn't a safety thing, I know I have seen it, either in a manual or on a sticker that the top and doors are to keep out the elements, not to protect passengers in the event of a rollover. So I say take them off.
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Crotch rockets are legal with no doors, why shouldnt jeeps be...
and if you get blindsided, hopefully your lifted enough for the Honda Civic to fly right under
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Unread 04-20-2004, 02:46 PM   #13
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I did a seach, and could not find a definitive answer on whether its okay to take the doors off in my state or other states for that matter. Does anyone have a link?


There is not a door law in any of the States. There are however, mirror laws and seatbelt (installed not used) laws.

MD requires 2 rear mirrors. So mirror movers are needed.

http://www.law.cornell.edu/topics/highways.html


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I'm in Missouri and a buddy of mine went to inspection with the doors off (couldnt tell ya why lol) but he failed because of no driver side rear view mirror.

So im guesing thats all thats required here in MO
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Someone a while back was saying that their state required eye protection, working lights, seatbelts and one rear facing mirror. So I guess you could drive with windshield folded down, no doors, one mirror, and goggles.

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Yup! I can put the window down and wear goggles here in TX and be fine.

I wouldn't do it though
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