Can I Use Studded Tires in My Area?

While many states/provinces prohibit or restrict use of studded tires due to the road damage they cause, some drivers still prefer studded tires for winter driving situations. Tire Rack's testing has shown that modern Studless Ice & Snow tires, like the Bridgestone Blizzak WS80, can provide equivalent ice traction to a studded tire in most conditions, including dry and wet roads. Because municipalities can establish their own restrictions, drivers will need to double check with their local law enforcement or department of transportation.

The following lists of states and Canadian provinces describes the laws on studded tire use. The dates on the list show when studded tires are allowed, unless otherwise specified.

United States:

  • Alabama- Not Permitted
  • Alaska- North of 60°N 9/16-4/30, South of 60°N 10/1-4/14 (permit fee)
  • Arizona- 10/1-5/1
  • Arkansas- 11/15-4/15
  • California- 11/1-4/30
  • Colorado- Permitted unless using chains, M+S & A/S tires required with minimum of 4/32" tread depth
  • Connecticut- 11/15-4/30
  • Delaware- 10/15-4/15
  • Florida- Not Permitted
  • Georgia- Only when snow and ice are present
  • Hawaii- Not Permitted
  • Idaho- 10/1-4/30
  • Illinois- Not Permitted (persons with disabilities living in unincorporated areas can use them 11/15-4/1)
  • Indiana- 10/1-5/1
  • Iowa- 11/1-4/1
  • Kansas- 11/1-4/15
  • Kentucky- Permitted
  • Louisiana- Not Permitted
  • Maine- 10/2-5/1 Studded tire permit fee applies
  • Maryland- 11/1-3/31 only in 5 mountainous western counties
  • Massachusetts- 11/2-4/30 unless otherwise authorized by registrar
  • Michigan- Not Permitted (except rural mail, police, and ambulance use)
  • Minnesota- Not Permitted (may be used by non-residents for temporary travel less than 30 days)
  • Mississippi- Not Permitted
  • Missouri- 11/2-3/31
  • Montana- 10/1-5/31
  • Nebraska- 11/1-4/1
  • Nevada- 10/1-4/30
  • New Hampshire- Permitted
  • New Jersey- 11/15-4/1
  • New Mexico- Permitted
  • New York- 10/16-4/30
  • North Carolina- Permitted
  • North Dakota- 10/15-4/15
  • Ohio- 11/1-4/15
  • Oklahoma- 11/1-4/1
  • Oregon- 11/1-4/1 Studded tire permit fee applies
  • Pennsylvania- 11/1-4/15
  • Rhode Island- 11/15-4/1
  • South Carolina- Permitted if studs do not project more than 1/16"
  • South Dakota- 10/1-4/30
  • Tennessee- 10/1-4/15
  • Texas- Not Permitted
  • Utah- 10/15-3/31
  • Vermont- Permitted
  • Virginia- 10/15-4/15
  • Washington- 11/1-3/31 (might have a fee involved)
  • West Virginia- 11/1
  • Wisconsin- Not Permitted (may be used by non-residents for temporary travel less than 30 days)
  • Wyoming- Permitted

Canada:

  • Alberta- Permitted
  • British Columbia- 10/1-4/30 (winter tires required- min 3.5mm depth, except lower mainland and Vancouver Island)
  • Labrador- 11/1-4/30
  • Manitoba- 10/1-4/30
  • New Brunswick- 10/15-5/1
  • Newfoundland- 11/1-4/30
  • Northwest Territories- Permitted
  • Nova Scotia- 10/15-4/30
  • Nunavut- Permitted only on roads built on ice
  • Ontario- 10/1-4/30
  • Prince Edward Island- 10/1-5/31
  • Quebec- 10/15-5/1 (winter tires required 12/15-3/15, restrictions apply)
  • Saskatchewan- Permitted
  • Yukon- Permitted

Remember, studded tires must always be used in sets of four on any vehicle, regardless of driveline. This is not to be considered a comprehensive list, it lists all the information we currently have. Tire Rack is not responsible for your decision to use studded tires, and you should always check with local law enforcement or DOT before installing studded tires. State and province regulations are subject to change at any time, and this list may not reflect these changes.

For additional information on studded tires, take a look at "Studded Tires for Winter Driving."

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