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State Studded Tire Regulations


Last updated March 2011
Alabama Permitted, only for rubber studs. Metal studs permitted only during bad weather.
Alaska Permitted, only for rubber studs, Sept. 16 to April 30 north of 60 degrees N; October 1 to April 14, south of 60 degrees N
Alberta No restrictions
Arizona Permitted, Oct. 1 to May 1
Arkansas Permitted, Nov. 15 to April 15
British Columbia Oct. 1 to April 30
California Permitted, Nov. 1 to April 30; May 1 to October 31 if retracted
Colorado Permitted
Connecticut Permitted, Nov. 15 to April 30
D.C. Permitted, Oct. 15 to March 15
Delaware Permitted, Oct. 15 to April 15
Florida Permitted, only for rubber studs
Georgia Not permitted, except for snow and ice driving conditions
Hawaii Not permitted
Idaho Permitted, Oct. 1 to April 30
Illinois Not permitted; rural mail carriers and persons with disabilities living in unincorporated areas may use them between Nov. 15 and April 1.
Indiana Permitted, Oct. 1 to May 1; May 2 to September 30 if retracted
Iowa Permitted, Nov. 1 to April 1
Kansas Permitted, Nov. 1 to April 15
Kentucky Permitted
Louisiana Permitted, only for rubber studs
Maine Permitted, Oct. 2 to April 30; May 1 to Oct. 1 if retracted
Manitoba Oct. 15 to April 30
Maryland Not permitted, except in Western counties from Nov. 1 to March 31
Massachusetts Permitted, Nov. 2 to April 30 unless otherwise authorized by registrar
Michigan Permitted, only for rubber studs
Minnesota Not permitted, except for nonresidents, who may use them for 30 days. Rural mail carriers may use studded tires under certain conditions between Nov. 1 and April 15.
Mississippi Not permitted
Missouri Permitted, Nov. 2 to March 31
Montana Permitted, Oct. 1 to May 31
Nanavut No restrictions
Nebraska Permitted, Nov. 1 to April 1
Nevada Permitted, Oct. 1 to April 30
New Brunswick Oct. 15 to May 1
New Hampshire Permitted
New Jersey Permitted, Nov. 15 to April 1
New Mexico No regulation
New York Permitted, Oct. 16 to April 30
Newfoundland Nov. 1 to May 31
North Carolina Permitted
North Dakota Permitted, Oct. 15 to April 15. School buses may use studded tires anytime during the year.
Northwest Territories No restrictions
Nova Scotia Oct. 15 to April 30
Ohio Permitted, Nov. 1 to April 15; April 16 to Oct. 30 if retracted
Oklahoma Permitted, Nov. 1 to April 1
Ontario Oct. 1 to April 30, north of Parry Sound and Nipissing districts, otherwise prohibited
Oregon Permitted, Nov. 1 to April 1
Pennsylvania Permitted, Nov. 1 to April 15
Prince Edward Island Oct. 1 to May 31
Quebec Oct. 15 to May 1
Rhode Island Permitted, Nov. 15 to April 1
Saskatchewan No restrictions
South Carolina Permitted, if do not project more than 1/16 inch when compressed.
South Dakota Permitted, Oct. 1 to April 30; May 1 to September 30 if retracted. School buses and municipal fire vehicles permitted to use studs anytime.
Tennessee Permitted, Oct. 1 through April 15
Texas Permitted, as long as the studs do not damage highway and are rubber.
Utah Permitted, Oct. 15 to March 31
Vermont Permitted
Virginia Permitted, Oct. 15 to April 15
Washington Permitted, Nov. 1 to March 31
West Virginia Permitted, Nov. 1 to April 15
Wisconsin Not permitted, except for authorized emergency vehicles, vehicles used to deliver mail, and automobiles with out-of-state registration. Also permitted for school buses from Nov. 15 to April 1.
Wyoming Permitted. Chains required in snow emergencies.
Yukon No restrictions