Missouri requires that children –
- Under age four or less than 40 pounds are secured in a child safety seat
- Between age four and seven and weighing between 40 and 80 pounds and standing 4’9” tall or less must be in a safety seat or booster seat
- Weighing 80 pounds or more or who stand 4’9” tall or taller are to be secured in seat belts or a booster seat if the belts do not yet fit properly
Text messaging is banned for all drivers under age 21.
Drunk drivers will lose their license for 90 days, and enhanced penalties are applied for drivers with a blood alcohol concentration of .15 or higher.
New drivers can get a learner’s permit at age 15, a restricted license at age 16, and full licensure at age 18.
Helmets are required for all motorcycles riders.
Mature drivers aged 70 years or older must renew their license every three years.
Sobriety checkpoints are conducted up to twice per months across the state.
Passengers aged eight to 15 must wear a seat belt in front and rear seats, or you can be fined $50. Passengers aged 16 or older must wear seatbelts when riding in the front seat or you can be fined $10 for passenger and driver.
When workers are present, the penalties for speeding or passing are enhanced to $250. However, if you endanger a highway worker, the fine is up to $10,000, and your license will be revoked.