Tire Chain Laws and Regulations by State

Tire Chain Laws and Regulations by State
** Tire Chains are legal in ALL states. **

TireChain.com has provided a guide for the tire chain laws by each state. You will find the laws and regulations as well as links to the resources where the information was gained. There are also links to each state DOT and 511 websites for your convenience. There you will find additional links for weather and traffic related conditions and alerts as well as any chain laws that may be in effect at the time.

Note: Tire Chain usage is permitted for hazardous weather or other related incidents only but may not damage the highway surface.

  • Alabama

    Alabama Code Title 32. Motor Vehicles and Traffic § 32-5-210

    (b) No tire on a vehicle moved on a highway shall have on its periphery any block, stud, flange, cleat, or spike or any other protuberances of any material other than rubber which project beyond the tread of the traction surface of the tire, except that it shall be permissible to use farm machinery with tires having protuberances which will not injure the highway and, except also, that it shall be permissible to use tire chains or metal studded or safety spike tires of reasonable proportions upon any vehicle when required for safety because of snow, rain, or other conditions tending to cause a vehicle to slide or skid.

    Useful Resources
    Traffic and Road Conditions
    Alabama DOT Website
    When travelling you may always get road conditions and updates by dialing 511

  • Alaska

    Alaska Code Title 28. Motor Vehicles Chapter 28.35. Offenses and Accidents.

    (a) It is unlawful to operate a motor vehicle with studded tires or tires with chains attached on a paved highway or road from May 1 through September 15, inclusive, north of 60 North Latitude and from April 15 through September 30, inclusive, south of 60 North Latitude, except that at any latitude on a paved portion of the Sterling Highway a person may not operate a motor vehicle with studded tires or tires with chains attached from May 1 through September 15, inclusive. The commissioner of public safety shall by emergency order provide for additional lawful operating periods based on unusual seasonal or weather conditions. An emergency order adopted under this section is not subject to AS 44.62 (Administrative Procedure Act). Upon application, a special individual traction permit may be issued by the Department of Administration allowing the operation of a motor vehicle with studded tires or chains at any time at the discretion of the vehicle owner. The fee for the special individual permit is one-third of the biennial registration fee applicable to that class of vehicle under AS 28.10.421 . The department may provide an appropriate sticker or other device identifying the vehicle to which the permit applies.

    Useful Resources Alaska DOT Website Alaska 511 Website Alaska Road Conditions When travelling you may always get road conditions and updates by dialing 511; 800-478-7674 (in Alaska); 866-282-7577 and 907-456-7623.

  • Arizona

    Arizona Code Title 28-958 Tire Equipment Restrictions.

    (A.) A solid rubber tire on a vehicle shall have rubber on its entire traction surface at least one inch thick above the edge of the flange of the entire periphery.
    (B.) A tire on a vehicle that is moved on a highway shall not have on its periphery any block, stud, flange, cleat, spike or other protuberance that is made of any material other than rubber and that projects beyond the tread of the traction surface of the tire, except that it is permissible to use:

    1. 1. Farm machinery with tires having protuberances that will not injure the highway.
    2. 2. Tire chains of reasonable proportions on a vehicle when required for safety because of snow, ice or other conditions tending to cause a vehicle to skid.

    Useful Resources

    Arizona DOT Website

    When travelling you may always get road conditions and updates by dialing 511 or 888-411-7623

  • Arkansas

    Arkansas Code Title 27. Transportation 27-37-401. Pneumatic rubber tires

    Only pneumatic rubber tires permitted -- Exceptions -- Special permits.
    (2) It shall be permissible to use tire chains of reasonable proportions upon any vehicle when required for safety

    Useful Resources

    Arkansas DOT Website

    Arkansas maps

    When travelling you may always get road conditions and updates by dialing 511; 800-245-1672 or 501-569-2374