Child Passenger Safety

All children under the age of eight must be properly restrained in a child restraint device when traveling in a motor vehicle.  Virginia law is based entirely on age (previous versions of the Code were based on age and weight combinations). Rear-facing child restraint devices must be placed in the back seat of a vehicle. In the event the vehicle does not have a back seat, the child restraint device may be placed in the front passenger seat only if 1) the vehicle is not equipped with a passenger side airbag, or 2) the passenger side airbag has been deactivated.


Children and teens from ages 8 to 18 must be buckled up. Motor vehicle operators may be stopped and ticketed by law enforcement officers for this offense, even if other infractions are not present (i.e. primary law).

A $50 civil penalty fine may be imposed for failure to have a child in a child restraint device. Any person found guilty a second or subsequent time, on different dates, may be fined up to $500.

To learn more, read the full law.

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