- Child who has not reached his/her ninth birthday.
- Applies to all drivers.
- Applies to privately owned, leased or rented non-commercial passenger vehicles.
- Child must be secured in vehicle seat other than front seat except in vehicles with one row of seats, or if all safety belts are in use by other child passengers.
- Child in rear-facing infant seat shall not be placed in front of an active airbag.
- Child must be properly secured in restraint and it must be properly installed, both as per manufacturer’s instructions.
- Restraints must conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213 for Child restraint systems.
- Applies to residents and non-residents.
- Primary Offense. Non-use or misuse are reasonable suspicion for stopping a vehicle to investigate a suspected violation.
Visitors to the State of Wyoming must adhere to the Wyoming law regarding seat belt usage and Child Restraint Laws. Adults and children under the age of 12 are required to wear seat belts but cannot be pulled over specifically for not wearing one (not a Primary Seat Belt Law). All children under the age of 9 must be properly restrained in a car seat or booster seat (can be stopped by law enforcement and ticketed).
For more information: Child Safety Wyoming Seatbelt Coalition
which is designed to protect, hold or restrain a child in a
privately owned, leased or rented noncommercial passenger
vehicle in such a way as to prevent or minimize injury to
the child in the event of a motor vehicle accident or
sudden stop and which conforms to the standards prescribed
by 49 C.F.R. 571.213 or to applicable federal motor vehicle
safety standards in effect at the time of manufacture;
(ii) Repealed by Laws 2003, Ch. 197, 2.
(iii) “Emergency vehicle” means any fire department
vehicle, police, sheriff’s department or highway patrol
vehicle, civil defense vehicle, ambulance, hearse or other
vehicle used primarily for emergency purposes;
(iv) “Motor vehicle” means every vehicle which is
(v) “Passenger vehicle” means a motor vehicle
designed to carry people and that was equipped with safety
belts at the time of manufacture, excluding:
(A) Emergency and law enforcement vehicles;
(B) School buses as defined under W.S. 31-5-
102(a)(xlii), including buses registered to a private
school or church used to transport children to or from
school or church or in connection with school or church
(C) Buses, or other vehicles designed and used for
public transportation, whether intrastate or interstate,
that were not equipped with safety belts at the time of
(vi) Repealed By Laws 2003, Ch. 197, 2.
(vii) Repealed By Laws 2003, Ch. 197, 2.
in this state unless each child who is a passenger in that
vehicle and who has not reached his ninth birthday is
properly secured in a child safety restraint system in a
seat of the vehicle other than the front seat, except if
the vehicle is only equipped with one (1) row of seats, or
if all safety belts in the rows of seats behind the front
seat are in use by other child passengers in the vehicle,
the child may be properly secured in a child safety
restraint system in the front passenger seat of the
vehicle, except that a rear-facing infant seat shall not be
placed in front of an active airbag.
(b) Any child who is within the age requirements
specified in subsection (a) of this section need not be
properly secured in a child safety restraint system if:
(i) A licensed physician has determined that the
weight or physical or medical condition of the child
requires that the child not be secured in such a system.
The person operating a passenger vehicle transporting such
a child shall carry in the vehicle the physician’s signed
statement certifying that the child should not be secured
in a child restraint system;
(ii) Repealed By Laws 1998, ch. 86, 2.
(iii) Repealed By Laws 1998, ch. 86, 2.
(iv) Repealed By Laws 1998, ch. 86, 2.
(v) Repealed By Laws 1998, ch. 86, 2.
(vi) The driver of the vehicle is rendering aid or
assistance to the child or his parent or guardian;
(vii) The lap and shoulder belts of the vehicle will
fit properly across the collarbone, chest and hips of the
child and the belts do not pose a danger to the neck, face
or abdominal area of the child in the event of a crash or
Read more at: Safe Kids Wyoming