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Old 02-21-2011, 08:52 AM   #1
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Maryland Mirror Law

Does anybody know if it is legal to drive with your doors off if your mirrors are connected to those doors still? Just trying to figure out if I need to mount the mirrors elsewhere?

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You must have at least a driver's side mirror. You must mount your mirror to the windshield if you take off the doors. . .

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Old 02-21-2011, 03:04 PM   #3
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§ 22-403. Mirrors.


(a) Motor vehicles - In general.- Every motor vehicle shall be equipped with at least one mirror located to reflect to the driver a view of the highway for a distance of at least 200 feet to the rear of the vehicle.


(b) Same - Registered in this State.- Every motor vehicle registered in this State shall be equipped with an outside mirror on the driver's side located to reflect to the driver a view of the highway for a distance of at least 200 feet to the rear of the vehicle and along the driver's side of the vehicle. This subsection does not apply to motorcycles, which are governed by subsection (c) of this section.


(c) Motorcycle.- Every motorcycle shall be equipped with two rearview mirrors, one each attached to the right and left handlebars, which shall meet applicable federal motor vehicle safety standards.


(d) Obstruction of inside view.- Where the view through the inside rearview mirror is obstructed, two outside rearview mirrors are required.



[An. Code 1957, art. 661/2, § 12-403; 1977, ch. 14, § 2; 1999, ch. 645.]
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It's like deja vu. . .
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Old 02-22-2011, 07:07 AM   #5
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Thanks guys.
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Old 02-22-2011, 07:19 PM   #6
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I went to napa and got 2 -6" round mirrors and they came with L brackets on them and I got 2 quarter inch bolts and bolt them trough the driver side on the upper hinge and passenger lower hinge it seems to work better that way for me. And it only cost around $20
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Old 07-04-2011, 08:38 AM   #7
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Does anybody know if it is legal to drive with your doors off if your mirrors are connected to those doors still? Just trying to figure out if I need to mount the mirrors elsewhere?
You do need mirrors, quadratec sells mirrors that attach to the top door hinge. I use them when I pull my hard top, and doors.
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Old 05-16-2012, 07:22 AM   #8
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Old thread bump. I'm a WV'er going to Ocean City this weekend. I was planning on cruising with the doors off. So to make this clean, the law gives me a free pass with having the doors off and only one mirror since I'm not registered in MD?
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Old 05-16-2012, 07:26 AM   #9
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It's like motorcycle helmet laws. Just because you're from PA doesn't mean you don't have to wear a helmet in MD. Go pick up a stick-on mirror or something at a truck stop on your way. I'm sure if you at least try they won't mess with you.
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It's like motorcycle helmet laws. Just because you're from PA doesn't mean you don't have to wear a helmet in MD. Go pick up a stick-on mirror or something at a truck stop on your way. I'm sure if you at least try they won't mess with you.
(a) Motor vehicles - In general.- Every motor vehicle shall be equipped with at least one mirror located to reflect to the driver a view of the highway for a distance of at least 200 feet to the rear of the vehicle.


(b) Same - Registered in this State.- Every motor vehicle registered in this State shall be equipped with an outside mirror on the driver's side located to reflect to the driver a view of the highway for a distance of at least 200 feet to the rear of the vehicle and along the driver's side of the vehicle. This subsection does not apply to motorcycles, which are governed by subsection (c) of this section.

The reason why I was thinking this is different is that section (a) says that every vehicle needs at least one mirror. Section (b) says that it applies to those "registered in this state". If you're not registered in MD, then should that not apply?

That's different from motorcycle helmet laws as they apply to everyone and there is no clause in the law that says that they only apply to those registered in the state.

I've heard that people have said OC cops have ticketed them saying that OC has laws against it, but that shouldn't be legal, just as state law cannot trump federal law.
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Old 05-16-2012, 08:27 AM   #11
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The long and short of it is, OC municipal law states you have to have doors...well to be specific you have to have door handles. Takes care of the welded rod doors and Jeeps that descend on the place.

If you don't have doors or mirrors I would fully expect a ticket. If you relocate your mirror I would bet they won't mess with you since there will be hundreds of Jeeps doing the same thing. Try to fight it, but that is how it is. Municpal laws are legal. and OC can make this a requirement.
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I went to Walmart and bought a baby mirror the parents use to see their kids in the back of the minivan.
I had a state cop come up to me at a gas station and asked me where my doors were. I said, home. He then asked me where my drivers side mirror was? When I showed him my baby mirror attached to my windshield. He said, very unique, have a nice day sir.
Who knows if it's really legal, he could have just been in a good mood or didn't want to do the paperwork.
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Old 08-08-2012, 02:11 PM   #14
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it's legal.

i ride with my doors off on the weekends here in montco. it tried the baby mirrors thing but they moved around too much. it only takes 5minutes to unbolt the factory mirrors and relocate them to the other bracket where they can be bolted in when you have the doors off
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I registered mine in FL where I bought it.
Win.
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Your probably not going to have to worry about it. All week the weekend forecast for OC was clear and sunny. This morning it changed to 50% change of showers/T-storms all weekend. I hate MD weather, I can't wait until I get my jeep waterproofed.

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