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Old 06-01-2009, 09:42 PM   #1
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Texas Mirror Laws?

Does anyone know what the laws are regarding side mirrors in Texas?

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Old 06-02-2009, 07:31 AM   #2
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You're only required to have one rearward mirror so as long as you have your rear view mirror you're good to go.

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Old 06-04-2009, 07:23 PM   #3
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Awesome! Thanks.
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Old 07-01-2009, 06:57 PM   #4
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good to know i was looking at different options for doors off, scratch that idea i will roll with just the one rearview.

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Old 07-01-2009, 07:12 PM   #5
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Texas really has vehicle laws now??? I though if it rolled down the road it was good there.
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Old 07-06-2009, 02:36 PM   #6
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I live in SA.
I picked up a set of Harley longstem mirrors and they seem to work great....I have no idea what the law says, but these were $30 on ebay, are easy to install/take off, and work if ya need 'em.



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Texas really has vehicle laws now??? I though if it rolled down the road it was good there.
You are thinking EAST Texas and Texas don't claim us East Texas boys. At least they try not to too much.
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Old 07-11-2009, 02:03 PM   #8
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i'm not sure La Grange could be considered East Texas....lol
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Old 07-14-2009, 02:39 PM   #9
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Only one mirror is required, and it is illegal to drive down a dry creek bed here now.

Only in Texas.
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Old 07-14-2009, 03:12 PM   #10
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i'm not sure La Grange could be considered East Texas....lol
I'm not in Lagrange Texas! I'm in Lagrange Kentucky like the fried chicken state. Mostly lived in Arlington Tx and lived in Center Tx for awhile.
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Old 07-18-2009, 12:55 PM   #11
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Could be right with just one, but would either ask a cop or be safe (PITA anyway with just rearview for city driving IMO), but....

My understanding is you need 2 mirrors...1 rearview and 1 side or 2 side mirrors (think big trucks, they can't have rearview, so have 2 sides...rules could apply differently to 'passenger' vehicles.

And splitting hairs on east/west TX....West TX is California (far west is Hawaii/Orient)....East TX is Florida (far east is Spain to Iraq)....
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Inspection/Rejection Criteria


20.19 Mirror. Every motor vehicle shall be equipped with a mirror so located as to reflect to the driver a view of the highway for a distance of at least 200 feet to the rear of such motor vehicle.


1. Inspection Procedure


a. Inspect only one mirror.


1) Exterior Rearview Mirror: From the driver’s position, visually inspect exterior mirror for a clear and reasonably unobstructed view to the rear. Look for correct location and stable mounting.


2) Interior Rearview Mirror: From the driver’s position, visually inspect interior mirror for proper mounting, location, cracks, sharp edges, and ease of adjustment.


2. Inspect for and reject if:


a. Mirror does not provide the driver with a clear view to the rear of 200 feet.


b. Vehicle is not equipped with at least one mirror.


c. Mirror offers unsafe interference with driver’s forward vision.


d. Reflective surface of mirror is cracked, broken, peeled, tarnished, or has sharp edges.


e. Mirror is not mounted securely to prevent swing or excessive vibration unless the vehicle is equipped with another mirror which meets requirements.


NOTE: An inside mirror would meet all the above requirements. If the vehicle is equipped with more than one mirror, only one, either inside or outside, needs to meet all requirements.
Source: Texas Department of Public Safety - Inspection/Rejection Criteria
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Old 07-23-2009, 01:40 PM   #14
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I just had my jeep inspected in New Braunfels with the top off and no side mirrors. I asked the person inspecting about the mirror thing and was told that Texas state law states that you need one rear facing mirror.
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I know this is an old thread but I was researching this topic and found some seemingly new information. According to this website TX requires two exterior mirrors.

Texas Administrative Code
TITLE 37 PUBLIC SAFETY AND CORRECTIONS
PART 1 TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
CHAPTER 21 EQUIPMENT AND VEHICLE STANDARDS
RULE §21.1 Standards for Vehicle Equipment

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(D) Driver rear visibility requirement--To meet this requirement a motor vehicle must be equipped with outside mirrors on both the left and right sides of the vehicle that are located so as to reflect to the driver a view of the highway through each mirror a distance of at least 200 feet to the rear of the vehicle.

here is the link:

http://info.sos.state.tx.us/pls/pub/readtac$ext.TacPage?sl=R&app=9&p_dir=&p_rloc=&p_tl oc=&p_ploc=&pg=1&p_tac=&ti=37&pt=1&ch=21&rl=1

Here is a cheap solution for going doorless. About $14 I plan to make these soon.

Jeep Doorless Budget Mirror Mount
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Old 07-25-2011, 08:09 PM   #16
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What you posted are minutes from a senate commission meeting..

Current texas inspection info is posted above..




This current Texas law taught in Law enforcement classes..non commercial classification..

§ 547.602. MIRRORS REQUIRED. A motor vehicle, including
a motor vehicle used to tow another vehicle, shall be equipped with
a mirror located to reflect to the operator a view of the highway
for a distance of at least 200 feet from the rear of the vehicle.

Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995
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not worth the chance just get the brackets
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I know this is an old thread but I was researching this topic and found some seemingly new information. According to this website TX requires two exterior mirrors.

Texas Administrative Code
TITLE 37 PUBLIC SAFETY AND CORRECTIONS
PART 1 TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
CHAPTER 21 EQUIPMENT AND VEHICLE STANDARDS
RULE §21.1 Standards for Vehicle Equipment

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(D) Driver rear visibility requirement--To meet this requirement a motor vehicle must be equipped with outside mirrors on both the left and right sides of the vehicle that are located so as to reflect to the driver a view of the highway through each mirror a distance of at least 200 feet to the rear of the vehicle.

here is the link:

http://info.sos.state.tx.us/pls/pub/readtac$ext.TacPage?sl=R&app=9&p_dir=&p_rloc=&p_tl oc=&p_ploc=&pg=1&p_tac=&ti=37&pt=1&ch=21&rl=1

Here is a cheap solution for going doorless. About $14 I plan to make these soon.

Jeep Doorless Budget Mirror Mount
Thanks much for the mirror tip - just went to PepBoys and 15.00 later I have a door less mirror installed
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Old 10-20-2011, 11:38 AM   #19
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Hmm I didn't know this. I broke my mirrors off on a trail back home and just kept them off. Had them off a few years now and no one has said anything to me. Shoot cops have even said they like the way it looks
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Old 10-27-2011, 11:13 AM   #20
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the law has not changed. one rear view facing mirror. the one on the inside of hte windshield covers the requirements called forth in the book. your not chancing anything as long as you have one mirror.
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sweet! glad i found this thread, i was debating getting some side mirrors for when i go doorless but not anymore!!

and fyi, i ride motorcycles so turning my head to change lanes is standard protocol for me regardless.

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