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Old 05-03-2012, 04:53 PM
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Side mirror law

Does anyone know the side mirror law for North Carolina. I am going to school in NC and want to take my doors off this summer, but I want to know if I need side mirrors or not. The only info I could find online was talking about the mirror inside the vehicle. Thanks.

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hi, i am sure you can google it.. in Florida if you can see out the back
window then side mirrors are not needed, your state could be the same.

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Save the google, as often there is out dated incorrect or otherwise wrong information. Call the local popo. An officer, deputy or trooper will be more then happy to answer ya
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I am pretty sure every state requires at least one mirror, drivers side or rear view. Passenger side is optional if you have a rear view mirror. If not, then you need the passenger side view as well.
But I am pretty sure every state requires a rear view mirror. And some require rear and drivers side.
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I am pretty sure every state requires at least one mirror, drivers side or rear view. Passenger side is optional if you have a rear view mirror. If not, then you need the passenger side view as well.
But I am pretty sure every state requires a rear view mirror. And some require rear and drivers side.
^This. I know here in VA you only need one side mirror.

VA law states that all vehicles manufactured after 1986 when 2 side mirrors became mandatory for mfg, car must have at least one to operate on highways
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Thanks for the info guys. I'll probably just talk to a local police officer because I know one. Why I didn't think to ask him in the first place idk. Lol
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Don't ask a cop. They don't necessarily have any idea.

You ask a LAWYER. Here you go:

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(a) No person shall drive a motor vehicle on the streets or highways of this State unless equipped with an inside rearview mirror of a type approved by the Commissioner, which provides the driver with a clear, undistorted, and reasonably unobstructed view of the highway to the rear of such vehicle; provided, a vehicle so constructed or loaded as to make such inside rearview mirror ineffective may be operated if equipped with a mirror of a type to be approved by the Commissioner located so as to reflect to the driver a view of the highway to the rear of such vehicle. . . . .

(b) It shall be unlawful for any person to operate upon the highways of this State any vehicle . . . unless such vehicle is equipped with at least one outside mirror mounted on the driver's side of the vehicle.
NC General Statute § 20-126 (2012).

So you need one mirror in, and one mirror out on the driver's side. An outside passenger mirror is optional.

Reading further takes us to NC General Statute § 20-176 (2012), which provides as follows:

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(a) Violation of a provision of [(the part of the statute on mirrors, as well as others)] is an infraction unless the violation is specifically declared by law to be a misdemeanor or felony. . . . .

(b) Unless a specific penalty is otherwise provided by law, a person found responsible for an infraction contained in this Article may be ordered to pay a penalty of not more than one hundred dollars ($ 100.00).
So no driver side mirror will cost you $100, plus court costs.
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Don't ask a cop. They don't necessarily have any idea.

You ask a LAWYER. Here you go:

NC General Statute § 20-126 (2012).

So you need one mirror in, and one mirror out on the driver's side. An outside passenger mirror is optional.

Reading further takes us to NC General Statute § 20-176 (2012), which provides as follows:

So no driver side mirror will cost you $100, plus court costs.
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I'm based here in NC, and though this is not an offical answer. I've taken my doors off and seen a lot of other Jeep's with there doors off without side mirrors and have never had a problem.
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I'm based here in NC, and though this is not an offical answer. I've taken my doors off and seen a lot of other Jeep's with there doors off without side mirrors and have never had a problem.
And I've broken the speed limit without getting a ticket, but that doesn't mean it was lawful.

I COULD HAVE gotten a ticket, but fortunately did not. The same is true when you ride without a driver's side mirror. it's not a huge risk, but it is one nonetheless. Up to you.
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Crazy...

I thought you could drive on the main roads here in NC but not the interstate with only your rear mirror and no outside ones. I guess I should have re-read the law again to make sure. Ya know its the rush to just get out there with none of dem der doors on that you don't care to read every word.
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Outside mirror

In Michigan, you have to have at least one out side rear facing reveiw mirror. The rearview mirror doesn't count, it has to be outside. Which by the way sucks.
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No driver's side mirror here... no third brake light either. That's how I roll.

I'm an outlaw.
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No driver's side mirror here... no third brake light either. That's how I roll.

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No driver's side mirror here... no third brake light either. That's how I roll.

I'm an outlaw.
Third brake lights are useless.
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Do like I did, call your state's vehicle code enforcement division, and ask them. I found what I needed to know, and how to deal with an officer who doesn't know the law (or lack thereof, in this case).
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Third brake lights are useless.
...and yet, still required to pass inspection! I slap mine on for inspection, then it comes back off 15 minutes later.

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Don't ask a cop. They don't necessarily have any idea.

You ask a LAWYER. Here you go:



NC General Statute § 20-126 (2012).

So you need one mirror in, and one mirror out on the driver's side. An outside passenger mirror is optional.

Reading further takes us to NC General Statute § 20-176 (2012), which provides as follows:



So no driver side mirror will cost you $100, plus court costs.
This is the best advice. Look it up or ask a lawyer. Around my town, the police are completely and utterly clueless. I would never ask them anything.
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Don't ask a cop. They don't necessarily have any idea.

You ask a LAWYER. Here you go:



NC General Statute § 20-126 (2012).

So you need one mirror in, and one mirror out on the driver's side. An outside passenger mirror is optional.

Reading further takes us to NC General Statute § 20-176 (2012), which provides as follows:



So no driver side mirror will cost you $100, plus court costs.
Good info MTH, thanks. But not all vehicles in NC require an outside mirror.

NCGS 20-126 (b) states, in its entirety: It shall be unlawful for any person to operate upon the highways of this State any vehicle manufactured, assembled or first sold on or after January 1, 1966 and registered in this State unless such vehicle is equipped with at least one outside mirror mounted on the driver's side of the vehicle. Mirrors herein required shall be of a type approved by the Commissioner.

So, if your vehicle was manufactured before January 1, 1966, no outside mirror required.

I'm just an old retired cop trying to help a lawyer out.
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Unhappy thought i found a loophole...

the first article stated "streets or highways" and the second one, just "highways." i currently have my doors off for the first time, and really wanting to know what it feels like to cruise around doorless and topless.

however, upon further digging into the NC statutes, i discovered that "street" and "highway" are terms deemed synonymous as they relate to the statutes, so...that doorless cruising will have to wait until i get myself a driver's side mirror.

no sense in donating the price of a side mirror to the state, only to have to spend it again to actually get the side mirror.

thanks everyone for your input in this thread; saved a fellow jeeper some time, trouble, and unnecessary expenditure. headed outside now to go put the doors back on...
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the first article stated "streets or highways" and the second one, just "highways." i currently have my doors off for the first time, and really wanting to know what it feels like to cruise around doorless and topless.

however, upon further digging into the NC statutes, i discovered that "street" and "highway" are terms deemed synonymous as they relate to the statutes, so...that doorless cruising will have to wait until i get myself a driver's side mirror.

no sense in donating the price of a side mirror to the state, only to have to spend it again to actually get the side mirror.

thanks everyone for your input in this thread; saved a fellow jeeper some time, trouble, and unnecessary expenditure. headed outside now to go put the doors back on...
I'm pretty sure if it is NC State law then your not going to get a ticket for it. I know and ride with a good bit of NC State troopers and Sheriff's, a few city cops as well and your not going to get a ticket for riding doorless or mirror less. I've seen those guys and asked the question and got the same response from all of them, your not getting a ticket for that in NC unless I need a reason to pull you over but your chances are slim even then. But if you feel the need to have mirrors that will ease your mind you can do this mod and have some for are $8. Pick up to small bike mirrors or the small round ones for your outside mirrors and put some Velcro on the back of them and some on the driver and passenger side vents. Then just stick them on and go. They have worked great for me for Almost 4yrs now. I don't​ install them to avoid tickets though, I use them when I'm driving. The ones I got can be adjusted up, down, side to side and I got them from Advance for $5. Here some pics as well











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I can tell you that if you ever come to Texas you only need one mirror. Which would be the middle rear view.
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...and yet, still required to pass inspection! I slap mine on for inspection, then it comes back off 15 minutes later.

I've passed inspection without mine and without my doors on, and zero mirrors. Gotta know the right place to take your vehicle. Inspections are a money gimmick.
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NRS 484D.430  Mirrors on all motor vehicles.  On and after January 1, 1970, every motor vehicle, operated singly or when towing any other 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.

Basically. I just need one mirror which reflects to the rear for 200 feet.

Doesn't matter if it is drivers side, windshield, or passengers side.
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ha! @curtisjeep96 that's pretty clever!

a couple of days after i posted that bit above, i just went ahead and pulled the trigger on a rugged ridge round side mirror. just the driver's side. it's quick-release, and the mount is out of the way when the mirror's not installed and it's a quick and easy setup. plus, unlike a lot of the reviews i read on the mirror, i am able to tighten everything down just fine; no movement at all at 75mph, and no infamous "whistling noise." and now i can cruise doorless with peace of mind. (after 47 years of life, i have learned the hard way that lady luck is just not interested in me, and therefore i tend to err on the side of caution.)
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oops. was going to post a pic and forgot. apparently, 47 years of life takes its toll in other ways, as well.


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