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NH Law Information

Child Protection Act

The Child Protection Act in New Hampshire was designed to protect children from abuse or neglect and to ensure the protection of their life, health, and welfare. Often times this is accomplished by cooperation between local law enforcement and the Division for Children, Youth & Families.
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Juveniles in the Justice System

The Division for Juvenile Justice Services in New Hampshire was created as a way to address potentially problematic behavior before it develops into something more serious. The DJJS provides services to youths adjudicated as Delinquent Children or Children In Need of Service.

Relative Links:
Table of Contents for Delinquent Children

Table of Contents for Children In Need of Service

Seatbelt Law for New Hampshire

Q: Do I have to wear a seat belt?
A: Persons under age 18 are required to use safety restraints (seatbelts) in accordance with national safety standards.
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Motorcycle-related Laws

Q: Do I have to wear a helmet on a motorcycle?
A: Any person under age 18 must wear a helmet when riding on a motorcycle. Learn More

Q: When do I need to wear eye protection on a motorcycle?
A: The operator, regardless of age, must wear eye protection if the motorcycle does not have a windshield that protects his/her eyes when sitting erect. Learn More

Youth Operators’ License

Q: What is a Youth Operators’ License?
A Youth Operators’ License is issued to persons age 16 or over and under age 21. Learn More

Q: What are the restrictions of a Youth Operators’ License?
Persons under age 18 holding a valid Youth Operators’ License are prohibited from operating a motor vehicle between 1 AM and 5 AM or operating a motor vehicle when the number of occupants exceeds the number of passenger restraints in the vehicle. In addition, a Youth Operator under age 18 cannot operate a motor vehicle with more than one passenger less than 25 years of age who is not a member of the operator’s family unless accompanied by a licensed responsible adult who is at least 25 years of age during the first 6 months after the license is issued. Learn More

Pocket bikes

Q: Can I drive a “pocket bike” on the road?
No, you can not. Learn More

Hands-Free Electronic Devices Law

Q: Can I use my phone while I drive?
Prohibited Text Messages and Device Usage While Operating a Motor Vehicle. Learn More