Child Restraint & Seat Belt Laws

Changes to VA Child Passenger Law - Effective July 1, 2007

  • All children under age eight must be properly restrained in a child safety seat or booster seat.
  • Rear-facing child safety seats must be secured in the back seat of a vehicle.
  • Children cannot ride unrestrained in the rear cargo area of a vehicle.
  • Current Virginia Child Safety Seat Laws Fact Card
The law applies to anyone (parents, grandparents, babysitters, friends) who provides transportation for a child in any vehicle manufactured after January 1, 1968. Violations will result in a fine. Law enforcement officers can and will stop and ticket any driver of a vehicle where children under 16 years of age are not properly and safely secured.

For more information about the law or child passenger safety, visit one of the following sites:

Safety Seats to Use

VA Child Restraint Laws
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Rear-Facing Seat
From birth to at least one year and 20 pounds and reclined at a 45 degree angle
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Forward-Facing Seat
Age one and 20 pounds to about four and at least 40 pounds (seat weights may vary)
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High-Back Booster Seat
From age four to age eight and under 57" tall
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From age four to age eight and under 57" tall

Older Children

All children between eight and 18 must be properly restrained by a child restraint system or a safety belt. Violations will result in a fine.

Local Assistance

For additional information or for assistance with child seat installation, call the Danville Police Department's Crime Prevention Office by email or at 434.797.8898.

Upcoming Child Safety Seat Inspection Events

Saturday June 2, 2018 Community Market - Craghead St - 9 am - 12 noon
Click Here for Child Seat Check event Flyer