Delaware Motorist Info

The following information is updated periodically. However, laws and regulations can change between updates. State statutes and local ordinances are the ultimate authorities for these issues.

Speed Limits

Rural Interstates: Cars 55, Trucks 55
Urban Interstates: Cars 55, Trucks 55
Other Limited Access Roads: Cars 65, Trucks 65

These speed limits apply unless a different limit is posted.

Speed limits are absolute–exceeding the speed limit is illegal per se (regardless of whether it was safe under the specific conditions).

Speed Limits Enforcement Techniques
Enforced through use of:
Pacing: Yes
Radar: Yes
Vascar: Yes
Automated Speed Enforcement: No
Aircraft: Yes
Laser: Yes

DUI / DWI Regulations
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Ticket Payment Methods
Consult your ticket or clerk of court

Trial By Declaration Allowed

Allowed with provisions
Super.Ct.Crim.R., Rule 16Delaware Rules of Court

Jury Trial Allowed
Speeding: Yes
Parking: Yes
Equipment: Yes
DWI: Yes

Member of Nonresident Compact

Member of Driver License Compact

When and Where to File Accident Reports
Accidents involving death, personal injury, or property damage exceeding $500 must be reported immediately to the nearest state police or local police agency.

Resident Insurance Requirements
Liability insurance is required (although some states allow posting a cash bond or such as an alternative)
Minimum Coverage Required:
Injury to one person: $15,000
All injuries: $30,000
Property Damage:$10,000

Phone/Texting Restrictions
Hand-Held Ban: All drivers
All Cell Phone Ban: Learner’s permit and intermediate license holders and school bus drivers
Texting Ban: All drivers
Enforcement: Primary: for all offenses

Other Regulations

  • A loaded handgun may be carried openly or secured in the trunk if hidden from view; rifles and shotguns must be unloaded when carried in any motor vehicle.
  • Studded tires are permitted from October 15 to April 15.
  • Tire chains are not required.
  • Delaware has a seat belt law with primary enforcement for all occupants.
  • Delaware has a mandatory child restraint law for passengers under 17 years of age. Children under age 4 must use approved car safety seats.
  • Delaware has a mandatory motorcycle helmet law for persons under 19 years of age and all drivers with instructional permit. Any person 19 years of age or over must have a helmet in his/her possession when operating or riding a motorcycle.
  • Registration and insurance card must be carried in the vehicle.

General Information

Emergency Cellular Phone Number: 911