Lifted Truck Laws By State: Where You Live and How High You Can Go

Who doesn’t love a lifted truck? You’re elevated higher above the traffic like your own personal monster truck, they come in useful when offroading, and you get to flex your style. Of course, lifted truck laws vary by state. Some states are lax when it comes to how high you can go, while others require owners to obey certain regulations.

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Some states putting laws on lifted trucks can sound like a bit of a buzzkill, but the purpose behind them is for safety purposes. They are put in place to protect you and everyone else on the road from harm’s way. Some laws have certain height limits, while others require a lifted truck to have specific safety features. And if you want to have a lifted truck, you have to abide by your state’s mandates. So below is a breakdown of every U.S. state’s laws when it comes to this popular truck mod.

Lifted Truck Laws in the U.S.

Alabama

There are currently no laws limiting suspension lifts, frame height, or bumper height. Residents have free reign on aftermarket wheels, tires, shocks, and bumpers.

Alaska

No laws limiting a vehicle’s suspension, but the body of the truck must be no higher than three inches above the top of the frame. All aftermarket parts are permitted as long as they are in good condition.

Arizona

All lifted truck and Jeep kits are allowed as long as mud flaps and fenders are installed. No restrictions on frame height or suspension.

Arkansas

No restrictions on suspension lift, frame height, or body lift. Residents have free reign on personal customization of their trucks.

California

Frame height and body lifts have a max height of five inches.

Colorado

Suspension lifts are allowed as long as they are of the same design as the factory’s suspension system.

Connecticut

Suspension lift kits have a limit of four inches. Fenders are required on all for wheels.

Delaware

Body lifts are limited to only three inches. Bumpers can be no higher than 30 inches. Brakes must be able to stop within 30 feet while traveling at 20 mph. A second mechanical parking brake is required.

Florida

Max bumper height is dependent on the vehicle’s gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). Vehicles under 2,000 GVWR have a max bumper height of 24 inches in the front and 26 inches in the rear. Vehicles with a GVWR between 2,000 and 2,999 have a max bumper height of 27 inches in the front and 29 inches in the rear. Vehicles with a GVWR between 3,000 and 3,999 have a max front bumper height of 28 inches and a rear bumper height of 30 inches. Vehicles with a GVWR of over 5,000 are exempt.

Georgia

Suspension lifts are limited to only two inches

Hawaii

Body lifts are limited to three inches, and vehicles are limited by frame and bumper height. Vehicles with a GVWR under 4,500 have a max front and rear bumper height of 29 inches. Vehicles with a GVWR between 4,501 and 7,000 have a greater max height of 33 inches. Vehicles with a GVWR between 7,501 and 10,000 have a max front and rear bumper height of 35 inches. Vehicles with a GVWR of 10,000 and greater are exempt.

Idaho

The bumper height on a lifted truck is limited to 30 inches for 4x4s as long as the vehicle has a GVWR under 10,000 lbs.

Illinois

The bumper cannot be raised or lowered by more than three inches. Vehicles with a GVWR under 4,500 have a max frame height of 24 inches, a max front bumper height of 24 inches, and a max rear bumper height of 26 inches. Vehicles with a GVWR between 4,501 and 7,500 have a max frame height of 26 inches, a max front bumper height of 27 inches, and a max rear bumper height of 29 inches. Vehicles with a GVWR between 7,501 and 10,000 have a max frame height of 28 inches, a max bumper height of 28 inches in the front, and 30 inches in the rear.

Indiana

Bumpers can be no greater than 30 inches, there are no restrictions on frame or suspension height.

Iowa

There is a pending law that would limit the frame height to 23 inches and body lifts maxed to five inches.

Kansas

There are no restrictions for body lifts or suspension systems for lifted trucks.

Kentucky

There are no restrictions for body lifts or suspension systems for lifted trucks.

Louisiana

There are no restrictions for body lifts or suspension systems for lifted trucks.

Maine

Vehicles with a GVWR under 4,501 have a max frame height of 24 inches in the front, and 26 inches in the rear. Vehicles with a GVWR from 4,501 to 7,500 have a max frame height of 27 inches in the front, and 29 inches in the rear. Vehicles over 7,501 GRWR have a max frame height of 28 inches in the front and 30 inches in the rear.

Maryland

Bumper and frame height must be no greater than 20 inches for cars and SUVs, and 28 inches for trucks. Trucks with a GVWR between 10,000 lbs and 18,000 lbs are limited to 32 inches.

Massachusetts

Suspension lifts are limited to two inches

Michigan

Lift blocks are not permitted on front springs, and rear lift blocks are limited to only four inches. Vehicles under 4,501 GVWR have a max frame height of 24 inches and a max bumper height of 26 inches. Vehicles from 4,501 to 7,500 GVWR have a max frame height of 24 inches and a max bumper height of 28 inches. Vehicles over 7,501 GVWR have a max frame height of 26 inches and a max bumper height of 30 inches.

Minnesota

The bumper height can be no higher than six inches from the factory suspension system. 4x4s have a max bumper height of 25 inches. Bumpers must be at least 4.5 inches tall and extend at least 10 inches outside the frame rail.

Mississippi

There are no restrictions for body lifts or suspension systems for lifted trucks.

Missouri

Bumpers must be at least 4.5 inches tall. Vehicles under 4,501 GVWR have a max bumper height of 24 inches in the front and 26 inches in the back. Vehicles with a GVWR from 4,501 to 7,500 have a max bumper height of 27 inches in the front and 29 inches in the back. Vehicles with a GVWR from 7,501 to 9,000 have a max bumper height of 28 inches in the front and 30 inches in the back. Vehicles with a GVWR from 9,001 to 11,500 have a max bumper height of 29 inches in the front, and 31 inches in the back.

Montana

There are no restrictions for body lifts or suspension systems for lifted trucks.

Nebraska

There are no restrictions for body lifts or suspension systems for lifted trucks.

Nevada

Vehicles with a GVWR under 4,501 have a max body height of 28 inches. Vehicles with a GVWR of 4,501 to 7,500 have a max body height of 30 inches. Vehicles with a GVWR between 7,500 and 10,000 have a max body height of 32 inches.

New Hampshire

There are no restrictions in place for body lifts or suspension systems for lifted trucks.

New Jersey

All lifted vehicles are required to meet safety standards on tires, wheels, brakes, steering, bumper, and suspension.

New Mexico

Vehicles with a GVWR under 4,501 have a max body height of 28 inches. Vehicles with a GVWR of 4,501 to 7,500 have a max body height of 30 inches. Vehicles with a GVWR between 7,500 and 10,000 have a max body height of 32 inches.

New York

Bumper height is limited to 30 inches

North Carolina

There are no restrictions in place for body lifts or suspension systems for lifted trucks.

North Dakota

Suspension lifts are limited to four inches and a max body height of 42 inches. Bumper height is limited to 27 inches, and tires can be no larger than 44 inches.

Ohio

Cars and SUVs can have a max bumper height of 22 inches in the front and 22 in the rear. Vehicles under 4,501 GVWR have a max bumper height of 24 inches in the front and 26 inches in the rear. Vehicles with a GVWR of 4,501 to 7,500 have a max bumper height of 27 inches in the front, and 29 inches in the rear. Vehicles with a GVWR of 7,500 to 10,000 have a max bumper height of 28 inches in the front, and 31 inches in the rear.

Oklahoma

There are no restrictions in place for body lifts or suspension systems for lifted trucks.

Oregon

There are no restrictions in place for body lifts or suspension systems for lifted trucks.

Pennsylvania

Front lift blocks are not allowed in the state, while rear lift blocks are limited to five inches. Cars and SUVs have a max bumper height of 22 inches in the front and 22 inches in the rear. Vehicles under 5,001 GVWR have a max bumper height of 24 inches in the front and 26 inches in the back. Vehicles with a GVWR from 5,001 to 7,000 have a max bumper height of 27 inches in the front and 29 inches in the back. Vehicles with a GVWR from 7,001 to 9,000 have a max bumper height of 28 inches in the front and 30 inches in the back. Vehicles with a GVWR from 9,001 to 11,000 have a max bumper height of 30 inches in the front and 30 inches in the back.

Rhode Island

Suspension on truck and Jeep lift kits is limited to four inches.

South Carolina

There are no restrictions in place for body lifts or suspension systems for lifted trucks.

South Dakota

There are no restrictions in place for body lifts or suspension systems for lifted trucks.

Tennessee

Front lift blocks are prohibited. Cars and SUVs have a max frame height of 22 inches. Vehicles under 4,501 GVWR have a max frame height of 24 inches. Vehicles between 4,501 and 7,500 GVWR have a max frame height of 26 inches. Vehicles from 7,501 to 10,000 GVWR have a max frame height of 28 inches.

Texas

There are no restrictions in place for body lifts or suspension systems for lifted trucks.

Utah

Vehicles under 4,500 GVWR have a max frame height of 24 inches. Those with a GVWR between 4,500 and 7,499 have a max frame height of 26 inches, and those over 7,500 have a max frame height of 28 inches.

Vermont

There are no restrictions in place for body lifts or suspension systems for lifted trucks.

Virginia

Front lift blocks are not allowed. Vehicles under 4,501 GVWR have a max bumper height of 28 inches in the front and rear. Vehicles between 4,501 and 7,500 have a max bumper height of 29 inches in the front and 30 inches in the back. Vehicles above 7,501 have a max bumper height of 30 inches in the front and 31 inches in the back.

Washington

Cars and SUVs have a max bumper height of 22 inches in the front and back. Vehicles under 4,501 GVWR have a max bumper height of 24 inches in the front and 26 inches in the rear. Vehicles between 4,501 and 7,500 GVWR have a max bumper height of 27 inches in the front, and 29 inches in the rear. Vehicles with GVWR of 7,501 and over have a max bumper height of 28 inches in the front and 30 inches in the rear.

West Virginia

Bumper height is limited to 31 inches and body lifts are limited to just three inches.

Wisconsin

All pickup trucks must have rear bumpers. Car bumpers must be within two inches of factory bumper height.

Wyoming

There are no restrictions in place for body lifts or suspension systems for lifted trucks.

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