Child Passenger Safety

Washington State Vehicle Occupant Protection Laws

The Seat Belt Law requires:

  • All vehicle occupants must be properly restrained in all seating positions.
  • The driver is responsible for properly securing all children under the age of 16.
  • Passengers 16 years and older are responsible for themselves. They may receive their own citation if they are not properly restrained.

Buckling one seat belt around two people or placing the seat belt under the arm or behind the back is dangerous, can cause death or serious injury, and is a violation of the law.

For more information and to learn about proper car seat installation please view these links.


House Bill Report SHB 1012

WA LAW 2020 Poster

WA LAW 2020 Poster (Spanish)