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