Safety Laws in Delaware
Delaware works hard to keep child passengers safe. Each month, the Office of Highway Safety conducts free child-seat safety checks. The officers answer questions about safety seats, recalls, placement, and installment. No appointment is necessary. Call (302) 744-2740 to find out when the next check is being held in your area.
- Delaware law states that all children under 12 years old must ride in the back seat of the vehicle.
- Babies less than 1 year old must be placed in an approved rear-facing car carrier, with harness straps at or below the shoulders.
- Children between 1 years old and 3 years old should ride in an infant or rear-facing convertible seat until reaching the height and weight limits of the seat.
- Children between 4 years old and 7 years old will remain in an approved forward-facing car seat, with the harness straps across the shoulders.
- Toddlers and children between 8 years old and 12 years old "graduate" to a booster seat, which is buckled in using the vehicle's safety belts.
- All children 16 years old and younger must wear a seat belt at all times.
Delaware requires that seat belts be worn by all passengers at all times.
State authorities have banned texting and the use of hand-held cell phones while driving.