Here are some links to trusted, local and national sites for information on Washington DC Car Seat Laws. Washington DC’s laws regarding seatbelt and car seat use are primary laws, which means if police suspect a violation, they can pull you over. Drivers who break this law receive a fine of at least $75 and points on their driver’s license. Attendance at a child restraint safety class may also be required, and you will have to pay for it. Penalties increase with each infraction.
In D.C., children under 8 years old must ride in a car seat that is appropriate for their age, height, and weight according to manufacturer instructions.
The seat belt law in D.C. requires the driver and all passengers to buckle up, taxis included. This applies to front seat and back seat riders. Braking this law incurs a separate fine and driver’s license points.
Check out the links below for more details on the Washington D.C. car seat law. You will also find recommendations (beyond the law) from safety experts for keeping kids of all ages safe while travelling.
Local and National Resources for Washington DC Car Seat Laws
DC Metro Police Department – Washington DC car seat laws and booster seat laws and fines (includes links to the view site information in Spanish, French, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, and Amharic)
nhtsa.gov – U.S. Department of Transportation / National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website
safercar.gov – The NHTSA publishes this site. Parents Central is the child safety section. This is a great info packed site, so if you have questions about almost anything related to car seats or booster seats, definitely check this one out.
iihs.org – Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, child safety page
safekids.org – A global organization about keeping children safe, especially from preventable injuries or fatalities. Their site includes tips on car seat choice and car seat inspection events, among other things.