Trailer Brake Requirements, by State



Note: To be used as reference only. Always check with the Department of Motor Vehicles in your state for changes.

Downloadable format of this page.

In order to protect you and your customers and comply with state brake laws in each state, we are enclosing a reprint of the latest State by State Brake publication.
Should you find any of the specifics in this publication to be outdated or incorrect please notify us. Any additional questions or interpretations should be referred to your local State Department of Motor Vehicles.
This is a partial reprint of the "Rules of the Road for Recreation Vehicles" publication compiled by the Legislative Affairs and Standard Department.

State           Brakes Required ( when "towed" Vehicle meets or exceeds)
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Alabama      3000 lbs.
Alaska         3000  [D1]
Arizona       3000
Arkansas     3000

California      1500
Colorado      1500
Connecticut  3000

Delaware      4000
District of
Columbia     3000  (D1)
Florida         3000
Georgia        2500

Hawaii        3000
Idaho          1500
Illinois         3000
Indiana       3000
Iowa          3000

Kansas         NS
Kentucky     D3
Louisiana     3000

Maine                 3000
Maryland            3000 (D1)
Massachusetts    D3
Michigan            3300
Minnesota          1500
Mississippi         2000
Missouri             NS
Montana             3000

Nebraska              2000
Nevada                 1500
New Hampshire     1500
New Jersey            3000  [D1]
New Mexico          3000
New York              3000  (D1)
North Carolina        4000
North Dakota          D5

Ohio                      2000
Oklahoma             3000
Oregon                  D3
Pennsylvania         3000
Rhode Island        4000
South Carolina     3000
South Dakota       3000

Tennessee          1500
Texas                  4500
Utah                    3000
Vermont              3000
Virginia               3000

Washington         3000  [D3, D1]
West Virginia      3000
Wisconsin           3000  [ E12]
Wyoming            1500

  D1-(or) if units exceed 40% of tow vehicle weight.
  D3- Must be sufficient to stop within legal distance.
  D5- Brakes capable of stopping within 50 ft. when applied at 20 mph.
  E12- Motor Homes.
  H9- If built before 1972 required if unladed weight is over 1000 lbs.


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