Is It Legal to Drive a Jeep Without Doors? Answered

Short Answer: Is it legal to drive a jeep without doors? The answer varies depending on where you live. It is usually legal to remove the doors of your Jeep at home and drive on public roads without doors in the U.S. and Canada, as long as you follow the government’s vehicle equipment standards. When you remove the doors, you’ll also remove the mirrors, and may have to re-attach the mirrors to stay in compliance with local laws. Below, we have more details about the rules for driving a Jeep without doors in each U.S. state and Canadian province, as well as additional safety information and instructions to attach mirrors to your jeep.

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It’s legal to drive a Jeep on the road without the doors attached in most states as long as your vehicle remains compliant with laws requiring that vehicles have enough mirrors to see behind the vehicle. All states require a certain number of mirrors to allow the driver to see behind the vehicle. Because the side-view mirrors are attached to the doors, you need to find another way to attach a mirror to your Jeep to follow the law and stay safe.

Some states require one rearview mirror and one side-view mirror, while other states vaguely say that “two mirrors” are required. For more information about your state’s specific vehicle equipment standards, see your state’s vehicle code and requirements for mirrors.

States That Require One Mirror

  • Alabama
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Oregon
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Wisconsin

States That Require Two Mirrors

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • New Hampshire
  • Oklahoma
  • Rhode Island
  • Washington

States With Other Mirror and Door Laws

The following states have laws more specific than those requiring a certain number of mirrors.

  • Kansas: Requires rearview and left-side mirrors
  • Kentucky: Requires an interior rearview mirror and left-side mirror
  • Maryland: Requires a mirror on the left side and an interior rearview mirror
  • Michigan: Mirrors required for vehicles above a certain size
  • Missouri: Requires zero mirrors for cars manufactured before 1968 and all factory-installed mirrors for cars made after 1968
  • Nevada: Mirrors only required for vehicles above a specific size
  • New Jersey: Vehicle requirements vary by the vehicle’s age
  • New York: Requires a left side mirror and an interior rearview mirror
  • Ohio: Requires only a rearview mirror, as long as its view is unobstructed
  • Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania is the only state we identified with laws requiring that the doors remain attached. At the time of writing, Pennsylvania’s vehicle code states that doors must be attached, must be of the original type used when the vehicle was manufactured, and must open and close securely.
  • Vermont: Requires one mirror of at least a certain size
  • Virginia: Requires two mirrors for vehicles of a certain age
  • Wyoming: Requires two mirrors depending on the vehicle’s age

Is It Legal to Drive a Jeep Without Doors in Canada?

Like the U.S., Canada’s laws regarding whether you can drive a jeep without doors generally allow it as long as certain conditions are met. Each province or territory’s vehicle equipment safety code includes information about how many mirrors are required when driving. We have the mirror regulations from each province or territory’s Motor Vehicles Act below.

Note: If the rearview mirror is obstructed, you must have an additional side mirror.

  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Nova Scotia
  • Nunavut
  • Ontario
  • Prince Edward Island

Provinces/Territories That Require Two Mirrors

  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • Manitoba
  • Quebec
  • Saskatchewan
  • Yukon

Provinces With Other Mirror and Door Laws

The Motor Vehicles Act of the Northwest Territories does not include any specific regulations regarding mirrors or whether the doors must remain attached to the vehicle, at the time of this writing.

Safety Concerns When Driving Without Doors

Besides the mirrors, there are other safety concerns that you may want to consider before removing your doors.

Poor Accident Protection

Removing the doors takes away protection for the driver and passengers in the event of a side collision with another car or with obstacles off-road. On modern vehicles, the doors generally have reinforced steel or aluminum in them which serve as a front line of defense, offering crucial protection for the passengers inside.

Of course, older models of Jeep, such as a Willys from the ’50s, may not have modern safety features like seat-belts. Be aware of your vehicle’s safety features; it’s best to make sure your Jeep is as safe as possible, especially when you plan to drive without doors.

Weather

Consider the weather in your area before driving your Jeep without doors. If you live in a place where it rarely rains, such as southern California, some people choose to leave their doors off year-round. However, you should be aware of potential weather threats in your area, even in areas or seasons where inclement weather is rare.

Most people who remove the doors leave them at home; if you live in a place where it rains often, it’s important to remember that while Jeeps like Wranglers are waterproofed to some extent, getting water inside the car is never the best idea. This problem will only be made worse if you have a Jeep with doors that were not designed to be removable, like a Cherokee, Compass, Liberty, or similar model.

Hassle

If you’re driving a Jeep that isn’t a Wrangler, CJ, or similar and you remove the doors, police may pull you over and question your vehicle regardless of the local mirror laws. Even though you are driving legally, it’s not worth the hassle for some people to drive without doors if the police in the area regularly stop doorless vehicles. This is a choice you will have to make yourself, but a call to the police station or sheriff’s office can give you a better idea of the local attitude toward doorless Jeeps.

How to Attach Mirrors to Your Jeep

If you have a Wrangler, CJ, or similar style jeep, there are many aftermarket mirrors that you can buy that either install to the door hinges or have brackets that attach the mirrors to another part of the windshield or body paneling. GetJeeping’s video shows one option for installing mirrors with special brackets, but any aftermarket mirror you find will have instructions with it that detail how to get the mirror mounted correctly on your doorless Jeep.

If you have a Jeep that wasn’t designed to have its doors removed and you live in an area that requires a side view mirror, you may need to do some extra work to figure out how to mount mirrors to your Jeep. In some cases, you may need to hire a welder to customize a mirror for your vehicle.

In Summary

Is it legal to drive a Jeep without doors? Yes. Even driving a Jeep Wrangler, doors off is legal as long as you have the legally-required number of mirrors installed. The number of required mirrors varies by state in the U.S. and by province or territory in Canada, but typically includes either a rearview mirror alone or a rearview mirror and one additional mirror. On vehicles like Wranglers and CJs, the process of removing the doors is relatively simple; even if you are driving something like a Cherokee or Liberty you can still legally do this, but the process will be more complicated. Be aware that removing the doors of your Jeep will decrease your accident protection and leave your Jeep open to unexpected weather conditions.

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  • Bill Tobey says:

    Re: “doors should be attached, should be of the original type,” SHOULD means it is optional. The word in Pennsylvania law is SHALL which means mandatory. Huge difference.

    • Lindsey Desmet says:
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      Hello, Bill! We have updated our wording from “should” to “must” to avoid any confusion. Thank you for bringing this to our attention!