DMV Laws

Dashboard mounting of your GPS won’t get you fined due to a windshield obstruction.

Keep your device securely on the vehicle dashboard within easy reach from the driver seat and you will eliminate the distracting and dangerous fumbling around for your device in the seat, cup holder, pocket, purse or on the floor.

Using a dashboard mount has better placement than a sun visor, center console or cup holder mount. By emulateting the placement of the built-in units so you can look to the side not down!

By taking the GPS off of the window and place it where you can see it better, you will have an unobstructed view of the road.
Keeps your GPS easily accessible so you can keep both hands on the wheel. When using a dashboard mounted GPS, it can be conveniently mounted within your field of vision for the utmost of safety.

Learn more about GPS usage on your states’ Department of Motor Vehicles websites below.

Please refer to these websites for full definition of laws governing windshields. This list is for informational purposes only and is not complete nor is it meant to replace any information that can obtained directly from the various states’ Department of Motor Vehicles. Please check individual state laws to determine if windshield mounting is legal in your state. No states are known to prohibit mounting GPS devices to the dashboard.

Maryland: http://mlis.state.md.us/google_docs$/Google_Statutes/Statutes_Nov_11/gtr/21-1104.pdf

Maryland Laws Regarding Auto Mounts for a GPS - Windshields – Section 21-1104

Excerpt:
(c) (1) Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, a person may not drive a vehicle on a highway with any object, material, or obstruction so located in or on the vehicle as to interfere with the clear view of the driver through the windshield.

Minnesota: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=169.71

Excerpt:
Subdivision 1.Prohibitions generally; exceptions. (a) A person shall not drive or operate any motor vehicle with:
(1) a windshield cracked or discolored to an extent to limit or obstruct proper vision;
(2) any objects suspended between the driver and the windshield, other than:
(i) sun visors;
(ii) rearview mirrors;
(iii) driver feedback and safety-monitoring equipment when mounted immediately behind, slightly above, or slightly below the rearview mirror;
(iv) global positioning systems or navigation systems when mounted or located near the bottommost portion of the windshield;

New Jersey: http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/mcs/svbs_9-04/10-31-05.pdf

New Jersey News: “New Jersey has already taken cell phones and text messaging out of the hands of drivers, and now one legislator hopes to do the same with in-car navigation systems.”

Read more about: NJ Bill Would Ban Operation of GPS Devices in Cars – Monday, June 22, 2009
From: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,528088,00.html#ixzz1Z62MQs3Q

New Jersey Statutes – Title 39 Motor Vehicles and Traffic Regulation 39:3-74.
Windshields must be unobstructed and equipped with cleaners

39:3-74 Violation Fine: $54

Excerpt:
Every motor vehicle having a windshield shall be equipped with at least one device in good working order for cleaning rain, snow or other moisture from the windshield so as to provide clear vision for the driver, and all such devices shall be so constructed and installed as to be operated or controlled by the driver.

No person shall drive any motor vehicle with any sign, poster, sticker or other non-transparent material upon the front windshield, wings, deflectors, side shields, corner lights adjoining windshield or front side windows of such vehicle other than a certificate or other article required to be so displayed by statute or by regulations of the commissioner.

No person shall drive any vehicle so constructed, equipped or loaded as to unduly interfere with the driver’s vision to the front and to the sides.

Washington State: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=46.61.668

Washington State GPS Mounting Regulations RCW 46.61.668
Sending, reading, or writing a text message while driving.

Excerpt:
A voice-operated global positioning or navigation system that is affixed to the vehicle and that allows the user to send or receive messages without diverting visual attention from the road or engaging the use of either hand.