State with Laws that Restrict Windshield Mounting Location

Do you know there are some states in the United States that restrict windshield mounting location?There are a handful of states in which suction cup windshield mounts are legal. The law states specific requirements on where the GPS unit or smartphone can be mounted on the windshield. In many cases, a specific mention is made about the obstruction of vision due to non-transparent materials.

Windshield Mounting Law by States

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1. Alabama
2. Colorado
3. Connecticut
4. Delaware
5. Georgia
6. Idaho
7. Illinois
8. Louisiana
9. Maine
10. Montana
11. Nebraska
12. New Jersey
13. New Mexico
14. New York
15. North Dakota
16. Oklahoma
17. Oregon
18. Virginia
19. Washington
20. Washington, D.C.
21. West Virginia
1. Florida
2. Michigan
3. Minnesota
4. New Hampshire
5. North Carolina
5. Arizona
6. Arkansas
7. California
8. Hawaii
9. Indiana
10. Maryland
11. Minnesota
12. Utah
13. Vermont
14. Wyoming
1. Alaska
2. Iowa
3. Kansas
4. Kentucky
5. Massachusetts
6. Mississippi
7. Missouri
8. Nevada
9. Ohio
10. Pennsylvania
11. Rhode Island
12. South Carolina
13. South Dakota
14. Tennessee
15. Texas
16. Wisconsin

States with Laws that Restrict Windshield Mounting Location

Restrictions on Type of Device

Other states restrict the type of device that is allowed to be mounted onto the windshield. Typically, GPS devices or other devices that display pertinent information to the driver are allowed, but they still cannot obstruct the driver’s view of the roadway.

1. Florida
2. Michigan
3. Minnesota
4. New Hampshire
5. North Carolina

Restrictions on Placement on the Windshield

In the states below, GPS systems, toll payment systems and other safety monitoring equipment are permitted only when mounted as close to the bottom of the windshield as possible. Certain qualifications of these devices differ from state to state, so please check to see what your state allows.

5. Arizona
6. Arkansas
7. California
8. Hawaii
9. Indiana
10. Maryland
11. Minnesota
12. Utah
13. Vermont
14. Wyoming

States In Which Suction Cup Windshield Mounts Are Legal

If you finds your state is written on below list then you can mount smartphone and GPS holder on your windshield but obviously laws will vary from state to state so it is very important that you should check the specifically your states law. So these are the states in which the mounting of phone holder is legal. This leaves only a handful of states in which windshield suction cup mounts are legal, as long as the device does not obstruct the operator’s direct line of sight:

Notes on Mounting Laws

There are various notes and further explanations that apply to some of the states listed in each category. Connecticut and DC, both in the illegal category, have additional notes for drivers to keep in mind. In Connecticut, a litmus test is available that states there must “be a more than hypothetical possibility of the item blocking the field of vision.” In DC, all electronic devices are prohibited inside vehicles unless a hands-free accessory is equipped.

Maine is the only legal-category state with a note on the matter. The law states that “everything which is not forbidden is allowed.” There is not mention of anything being forbidden from windows other than tinting, making it legal to use windshield mounts.

Several states in the legal,but limited group have notes on their laws. Indiana restricts mounts to a 4″ (not 7″) corner on the bottom of the passenger side of the windshield. Maryland allows a 7″ square on a lower corner of the windshield, but does not specify driver or passenger side. In Minnesota, mounts must be on the lower portion of the windshield, but are not restricted to corners. Nevada allows for a 6″ square on the lower passenger side corner, not a 7″ square. Finally, Utah allows for a mount along the top edge of the windshield or lower left corner in a 3″ x 4″ rectangle.

Except the Windshield, What Are Other Options?

Vent Mounting Solutions

An alternative to mounting on your windshield is to use a vent phone mount for your phone or GPS. However, make sure to check the laws in your state on any specific rules that may prohibit you from mounting devices in other locations. 

Lamicall offers 3 types of vent mounts for your vehicle. 

Being able to check on navigation is the fundamental need of a phone stands for car in modern days. In addition, have you ever experience waiting for your kid or loved ones in the car for a straight 30 min+? Quite frustrating, right? In Lamicall, we offer three solutions, car cup phone stand, high quality(only) vent phone holder, and our revolutionary product: headrest phone mount (clamped on the back of your seat).

Say goodbye to your phone stand falling from the vent in the middle of the highway! Get a nice quality vent phone holder, quality over price is always a sustainable choice. Support innovation by purchase a well-designed product. Never hold your phone for 30 min straight while waiting for your loved one in the car. 

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Photo by Kay Liedl

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