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jgano23 09-03-2009 06:12 PM

Doors and the Law
 
there have been many debates about whether it is legal or not to drive without doors. i have a customer who is a police officer in new jersey, so i decided to ask him about it. he says that in the state of new jersey he is not aware of any law that prohibits driving with out them, and as far as he knows there is no such law anywhere else in the country. he said that the only ticket that he can think of that an office may write would be for an "unsafe vehicle," but he also said that that would never hold up in court because for a vehicle to be deemed "unsafe" it would need to be in extremely poor structural condition which would also cause it to fail inspection. he said that as long as there are side view mirrors and a rear view mirror the jeep is perfectly legal. another point that i brought up to him was that jeep uses the "go door-less" feature as a selling point and they show them door-less in their commercials with no disclaimer saying to check your local laws. he agreed that if there were a chance that it were illegal, jeep would cover their butts buy posting a legal disclaimer. the best advise that i can give is to call your local police station or state troopers and get there answer, after all they are going to be the ones who would ticket you. i would also ask that anyone who does speak to their local LEO's please post the answer that they gave you and what state it was in so it may help others in the future.

1BLKJP 09-03-2009 08:13 PM

I would bet money that there are absolutely 100% no "door" laws in any state in America. The jeep wrangler model has been sold since the 60's and every one of them has had purposely removeable doors. The only thing that could get you in trouble with LEO's would be if your state has some sort of mirror law. AZ for example states that you only have to have one mirror that allows you to see at least 250 behind the vehicle. Here side mirrors are not absolutely required. Other states are absolutely different.

buckshot500 09-03-2009 08:28 PM

If any state were to outlaw going doorless, surely Jersey would top the list!
Some of the strictest DUI & gun laws in the country!

tonz85bw 09-03-2009 11:22 PM

In New Mexico Jeeps are the only vehicle that its legal to drive without doors. and yes New Mexico is part of the US, i get that alot haha

kdukes4 09-04-2009 08:23 AM

in regards to the doors around here, its only legal if the vehicle being operated was originally manufactured to allow the doors to be removed. so its cool with a jeep. I know here probably most other states, to pass the mirror laws you just need a single unobstructed view of 200ft or more for the rear. so when the doors are off, the rear view mirror is fine.

njkeagle 09-04-2009 07:43 PM

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Originally Posted by buckshot500 (Post 435172)
If any state were to outlaw going doorless, surely Jersey would top the list!
Some of the strictest DUI & gun laws in the country!


Have you driven in NJ??:eek:

KicknJeep 09-04-2009 10:29 PM

Some LEO's wouldn't ticket even if it there were a door law ;)

Ayo 09-04-2009 11:41 PM

That's silly if you get a ticket for that. UPS and FedEx trucks not have doors.

buckshot500 09-05-2009 07:28 AM

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Originally Posted by njkeagle (Post 435683)
Have you driven in NJ??:eek:

Ummm I lived in Philly for 34 years, up until about 2-1/2 years ago.

So to answer your question,:banghead::doh:

I have been to Scranton, Pa, as well.

Went to the coal mine tour (Lackawanna). Very scenic town!

birdhunter 09-05-2009 09:22 AM

There should be NO Debate
100% legal in all 50 state

Well for now Anyway
you never know with all this
government intervention

whitebuffalo 09-08-2009 08:47 AM

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Originally Posted by tonz85bw (Post 435257)
and yes New Mexico is part of the US, i get that alot haha

Whoa! slow down there casanova, theres a NEW Mexico? :D

buckshot500 09-08-2009 04:45 PM

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Originally Posted by whitebuffalo (Post 437449)
Whoa! slow down there casanova, theres a NEW Mexico? :D

Yes, but there isn't an "Old Jersey"!:D

Image Group 09-10-2009 01:14 AM

There are no laws regarding driving your vehicle with the doors off however there are scattered laws that require side mounted mirrors.

Yes Ma'am I carry a badge.

jeep41 09-10-2009 01:35 AM

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Originally Posted by image group (Post 438534)
there are no laws regarding driving your vehicle with the doors off however there are scattered laws that require side mounted mirrors.

Yes ma'am i carry a badge.

x2

motokeen 09-10-2009 08:33 PM

The only thing we can get in trouble here in IL is if you didn't have one outside mirror. Or last I herd. So if you have at least one outside mirror and a rear view mirror your good. That means when you take the factory doors off no mirrors. I noticed most cops won't bother though. But still may look into relocating my mirrors.

adkjoe 09-14-2009 09:21 AM

It's perfectly legal here in Vermont to have the doors off, you don't need side mirrors either, the rearview is all you need. I can also drive around with a loaded gun in the passanger seat, god I love VT. Most leanient gun laws in the country, don't even need a permit to carry a concealed pistol, america at it's best :)

Jiffydarren 09-17-2009 04:34 PM

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Originally Posted by tonz85bw (Post 435257)
In New Mexico Jeeps are the only vehicle that its legal to drive without doors. and yes New Mexico is part of the US, i get that alot haha

New Mexico: Cleaner than Regular Mexico

Also: I drive my Jeep with the doors off and no side views. Have done it in 3 states. So far, no problems.

whitebomber 09-20-2009 04:18 AM

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Originally Posted by kdukes4 (Post 435370)
its only legal if the vehicle being operated was originally manufactured to allow the doors to be removed

So what are you saying, I better watch out for the police :)

jeffparcel 02-05-2012 08:06 PM

Talked to a Washington Police officer, just dont remove the mounting brackets and your good. Texas is good with it as well (of course we're awesome).

Pontiackid87 02-06-2012 12:11 AM

Ok to clear this whole thing up.... Doors are required on vehicle's where the doors are part of the bracing of the frame(aka structural to the vehicle).. meaning just about every car on the road... The Wrangler's doors do not tie into the bracing of the frame and thus are not considered a structural part of the Vehicle.. meaning its not safety equipment so you dont have to have it on..


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