Virginia car LED lighting laws are a little different than others. The laws on all aftermarket and underglow lighting is a lot stricter than most.

All LED underglow lights for cars would be considered illegal in Virginia if they are lit and not covered while on a public road. You may of course use them and drive around with them uncovered when not on a public road. The underglow neon laws are so strict in Virginia that you’d probably be better off without neons as you’d most likely never get to use them. However, if you purely want them for uses that don’t involve public roads, just make sure you’ve got them nicely covered up and concealed and you should be fine.


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its13oclock

Joined: Nov 02 2007
Posts: 7
Post Thu Nov 08, 2007 7:49 pm

I know that they are illegal on, as they are considered as a distraction.

But can we have them on the car but just turned off in public?

Cause I know it is illegal to have a radar scanner, even if it is boxed up and wrapped in duct tape and in the trunk, where it cannot even be reached by anyone in the car…

Kevin_S

Joined: Jul 20 2003
Posts: 2809
Location: WV
Post Thu Nov 08, 2007 7:51 pm

yes — they’re legal.
lbjshaq2345

Joined: Jul 11 2007
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Location: Jonesborough, TN
Post Thu Nov 08, 2007 7:52 pm

Hide the tubes and it wouldn’t matter. Don’t see how they could be illegal…but if you do a decent install they wouldn’t be noticeable.
its13oclock

Joined: Nov 02 2007
Posts: 7
Post Thu Nov 08, 2007 8:00 pm

So if I put them on, then I’ll have to remove them for every inspection?! thats friggin ***
its13oclock

Joined: Nov 02 2007
Posts: 7
Post Thu Nov 08, 2007 8:05 pm

Actually, I answered my own question.

There’s a faq on the va police site
http://www.vsp.state.va.us/Safety.shtm

“Are neon lights legal for use on vehicles in Virginia?
Neon lights are illegal anywhere on or in a motor vehicle in Virginia, unless they are covered and unlit while the vehicle is being operated on a public highway.

NOTE: If the neon lights are mounted under the vehicle, the vehicle is not considered a proper cover. A cover would have to be made specifically for the purpose of covering these lights.”

Phil
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Post Thu Nov 08, 2007 10:58 pm

Electrical tape is a good temporary cover icon_lol.gif
clutch1

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Location: around hurr.
Post Fri Nov 09, 2007 11:43 am

its13oclock wrote:
Actually, I answered my own question.

There’s a faq on the va police site
http://www.vsp.state.va.us/Safety.shtm

“Are neon lights legal for use on vehicles in Virginia?
Neon lights are illegal anywhere on or in a motor vehicle in Virginia, unless they are covered and unlit while the vehicle is being operated on a public highway.

NOTE: If the neon lights are mounted under the vehicle, the vehicle is not considered a proper cover. A cover would have to be made specifically for the purpose of covering these lights.”

What the..?
Man.. who makes crap laws like this?

its13oclock

Joined: Nov 02 2007
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Post Fri Nov 09, 2007 1:03 pm

Virginia has the strictest vehicle laws in the nation. They just passed some laws this summer that are friggin unbelievably ridiculous
PwrRngr

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Post Fri Nov 09, 2007 1:21 pm

Remind me never to live in Virginia. Here in Indiana if you vehicle can move down the road you can drive it. Even if you have to get a midget to push it. biglaugh.gif
04yellowf150

Joined: Feb 11 2006
Posts: 1282
Location: West Virginia
Post Mon Nov 12, 2007 1:21 pm

VIRGINIA sucks

the factory tint that comes on vehicles are illegal to them LOL

everything in that state is illegal.

jjgigs90

Joined: Aug 24 2007
Posts: 15
Location: Lapeer, Michigan
Post Wed Nov 14, 2007 6:57 pm

04yellowf150 wrote:
VIRGINIA sucks

the factory tint that comes on vehicles are illegal to them LOL

everything in that state is illegal.

eh i think ohio beats virginia…

02BlueStang

Joined: Dec 13 2004
Posts: 4757
Post Thu Nov 15, 2007 4:15 pm

no officer is going to stop you nor check your vehicle to see if it has lights if he has stopped you for something else….we have better things to do with our time…unless you are an *******, then yes, we will check biglaugh.gif
alerored2000

Joined: Feb 16 2006
Posts: 765
Location: Cincinnati
Post Thu Nov 15, 2007 5:09 pm

jjgigs90 wrote:
04yellowf150 wrote:
VIRGINIA sucks

the factory tint that comes on vehicles are illegal to them LOL

everything in that state is illegal.

eh i think ohio beats virginia…

how is that?

corvettecrazy

Joined: Dec 17 2003
Posts: 4357
Location: moved (twice)
Post Thu Nov 15, 2007 9:46 pm

alerored2000 wrote:
jjgigs90 wrote:
04yellowf150 wrote:
VIRGINIA sucks

the factory tint that comes on vehicles are illegal to them LOL

everything in that state is illegal.

eh i think ohio beats virginia…

how is that?

yeah really. i dont believe that at all.

Heck only 7 counties in the state have emissions and there is no inspection. how is that more strict?

clutch1

Joined: Oct 08 2006
Posts: 1928
Location: around hurr.
Post Fri Nov 16, 2007 1:37 pm

Ok, I thought about this guys. Remember they just make these rules for our safety.

Think of how unsafe IMPROPERLY covered lexan tubes areon the underside of our cars!!!

It’s a wonder half the world isn’t dead yet!!!!!!!!!!!!

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TRogers

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Location: Ohio
Post Fri Nov 16, 2007 2:13 pm

I got pulled over for having a radar detector when passing through Virginia once. BLAH!

Ohio does not have Virginia beat, and Michigan sucks. Go Bucks!

SickWitIt

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Location: Piqua, Ohio
Post Fri Nov 16, 2007 6:43 pm

Buckeyes!!! W000ttt!!!
Ryan88

Joined: Aug 09 2004
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Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Post Fri Dec 07, 2007 11:56 am

its13oclock wrote:
Cause I know it is illegal to have a radar scanner, even if it is boxed up and wrapped in duct tape and in the trunk, where it cannot even be reached by anyone in the car…

****. I knew they were illegal in VA but I didn’t think they were that strict! Everytime I go threw VA, I just umplug mine. So that’s still illegal?

TRogers wrote:
I got pulled over for having a radar detector when passing through Virginia once. BLAH!

Ohio does not have Virginia beat, and Michigan sucks. Go Bucks!

Did you get a ticket?

02BlueStang

Joined: Dec 13 2004
Posts: 4757
Post Fri Dec 07, 2007 12:22 pm

yes ryan, in some states they are ILLEGAL to posses…thats why sites like crutchfield.com have disclaimers saying they cannot ship to the state of Virginia icon_lol.gif

and Yes….FACTORY CARS CAN COME WITH ILLEGAL EQUIPMENT IN SOME STATES….take the new mustang for example. Ford almost had to recall all of them because some states were claiming the car came with 2 sets of headlights…which is illegal. The placement of the foglights in the grill were considered a 2nd set of headlights. Ford solved the problem by saying the wattage output on the bulbs was that of a fog light and therefore could not be considered a headlight. They got a clause to the bill passed and walla, they are now legal. Unless you change the output of the wattage of the fog lights on the 05+ mustang, then they are considered 2 sets of headlights and you can be stopped for them…

Lexus had the same problem with the SUV (300 model I think) with the tail lights. States claimed there was not enough “red” in the light to pass state regs. Lexus did a small recall on the models that came out first and fixed the rest before they left the factory. But basically they had to add a little red tint to the light and a higher wattage red output bulb in order to pass state regs in some states…

And most car companies actually build vehicles differently for some states….Many Trucks and SUV’s come with rear tinted windows and passenger tinted windows on all back glass….in some states, its illegal to have window tint…so companies will not tint the windows on vehicles goign to those states…

But its never the fault of the driver of the vehicle…if its a factory installed option etc, the car company is responsible because they sold you an illegal product…and they would have to pay any fines or penalties you acrued because of their mistake…

Tdawgthegreatest

Joined: Jul 22 2007
Posts: 5093
Location: Florence, Oregon
Post Fri Dec 07, 2007 5:30 pm

We get pulled over alot for the tint on our 2005 Mustang GT. I don’t know what % its at…but Its WAY too dark. BUT Its legal for us cause it has a “Factory tinted by ford” emblem thing in the bottom of the window. AND Radar detectors are illegal in Nevada I do believe, BUT if your from Oregon and have one, and venture into Nevada, They won’t hassle you for it.