Texting While Driving State Laws Chart

Locate a Local Criminal Lawyer

Find Lawyers in Other Categories
Most Common Defense and Criminal Law Issues

Which states ban texting while driving?

Texting while driving is against the law in 47 out of the 50 U.S. states. Some state laws have a complete ban, which means that all drivers including school bus drivers and younger drivers may not text while driving. Other states only ban texting while driving for younger drivers or those who have an intermediate, provisional, or learner’s license. 
 
Texting while driving is a primary offense in 39 states. This means that the police can pull a driver over if they are caught texting while driving. In 4 states, the offense is considered to be secondary, which means that the police can only cite the person if they first commit a different traffic offense such as speeding. 
 
The following is a chart listing the texting bans by state:
 
State
Type of Texting Ban
All Drivers (complete ban)
School Bus Drivers
Younger Drivers
Alabama
 Yes
 
16 or 17 years old with intermediate license
Alaska
Yes
 
 
Arizona
None
Yes
 
Arkansas
Yes
 
 
California
Yes
 
 
Colorado
Yes
 
 
Connecticut
Yes
 
 
Delaware
Yes
 
 
D.C.
Yes
 
 
Florida
Yes (secondary)
 
 
Georgia
Yes
 
 
Hawaii
Yes
 
 
Idaho
Yes
 
 
Illinois
Yes
 
 
Indiana
Yes
 
Younger than 18 years old
Iowa
Yes (secondary)
 
 
Kansas
Yes
 
 
Kentucky
Yes
 
 
Louisiana
Yes
 
 
Maine
Yes
 
Younger than 18 years old
Maryland
Yes
 
 
Massachusetts
Yes
 
 
Michigan
Yes
 
 
Minnesota
Yes
 
 
Mississippi
 
Yes
Provisional icense ban
Missouri
 
 
Younger than 21
Montana
None
 
 
Nebraska
Yes (secondary)
 
 
Nevada
Yes
 
 
New Hampshire
Yes
 
 
New Jersey
Yes
 
 
New Mexico
 
 
Provisional or intermediate license ban
New York
Yes (secondary)
 
 
North Carolina
Yes
 
 
North Dakota
Yes
 
 
Ohio
Yes (secondary)
 
 
Oklahoma
 
Yes
Intermediate or Learners permit
Oregon
Yes
 
 
Pennsylvania
Yes
 
 
Rhode Island
Yes
 
 
South Carolina
None
 
 
South Dakota
None
 
 Provisional or intermediate license ban
Tennessee
Yes
 
 
Texas
 Only in school zones
Yes, with passengers
Intermediate License ban
Utah
Yes
 
 
Vermont
Yes
 
 
Virginia
Yes (secondary)
 
 
Washington
Yes
 
 
West Virginia
Yes
 
Intermediate license ban
Wisconsin
Yes
 
 
Wyoming
Yes
 
 
 

Do I need a lawyer if I am cited for texting while driving? 

Texting while driving can lead to consequences including fines and points on one’s driving record. In some jurisdictions, repeat offenses can result in misdemeanor charges. You should consult an attorney if you have questions regarding texting while driving charges.  

 

Consult a Lawyer - Present Your Case Now!
Last Modified: 06-24-2015 04:25 PM PDT

Find the Right Lawyer Now

Link to this page

Law Library Disclaimer

LegalMatch Service Mark