Illinois Child Passenger Protection Act

Law Change - Effective January 1, 2019



  • Children under the age of two (2) must ride rear-facing.

  • Children under the age of eight (8) must be secured in an appropriate child restraint system.  An appropriate system:

  • o   fits the child;

    o   fits the vehicle;

    o   and is used according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. *

  • The child restraint must be provided by parent or legal guardian.

  • Every person transporting a child under age eight (8) is responsible for properly securing the child in the vehicle.


  • Children weighing more than 40 pounds.

  • Children taller than 40 inches.

  • Children being transported in a vehicle weighing more than 9000 pounds.


  • $75 fine for first violation. **

  • $200 fine for second violation.

* Height and weight limits are determined by the car seat/booster seat manufacturer.

** Citation may be waived with Child Restraint Citation Compliance Inspection


According to Illinois Law all vehicle occupants, regardless of seating position, are required to use a properly adjusted and fastened seat belt. Fines start at $25 and may vary depending on associated court costs and number of violations.


To view the full copy of the Illinois Seat Belt Law, click here


The Child Passenger Protection Act was enacted to further protect the most vulnerable occupants of vehicles, young children. The fine for failing to properly restrain a child is $75 for the first offense and $200 for the second offense.


To view the full copy of the Illinois Child Passenger Protection Act, click here.   Information on the rear-facing requirement, effective January 1, 2019, can be found on the home page.


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