Permissible Lighting Equipment

19VAC30-70-200. Permissible lighting equipment.
A. Any vehicle may be equipped with:

  • 1. Running board or courtesy lamps, of not over six candlepower.
  • 2. Vacant or destination signs, if a taxicab or bus.
  • 3. Identification lamps of approved type (SAE -P2 or P-3).
  • 4. Interior lights, of not more than 15 candlepower.
    Exception: This does not apply to alternating, blinking or flashing colored emergency
    lights mounted inside law-enforcement vehicles or flashing shielded red or red and white
    lights, mounted inside vehicles owned by members of volunteer fire companies,
    volunteer rescue squads or owned or used by professional firefighters, or police
    chaplains. Also, this does not apply to fire-fighting vehicles equipped with map lights.
  • 5. Hood ornament light if of an approved type or permitted by the superintendent.
  • 6. Any approved lamp in good working order when used for the purpose for which it was

B. Side marker lamps are not required. If installed they must operate and be inspected. If
the bulb, socket and wiring are removed from an individual lamp unit, the unit will not be
considered during inspection. This does not include wraparound tail/marker lamp
assembly/lens, which is intended to perform multiple functions.
C. Inspect for and reject if:

  • 1. Lamps are not of an approved type (DOT or SAE-P2 or P3), or do not comply with
    subdivision 1 of this section;
  • 2. Lamps are not installed on the permanent structure of the vehicle with one as far to
    the rear and one as far forward as practicable and at a location which is not less than 15
    inches above the road surface when measured from the center of the lamp;
  • 3. Lamps installed on the side to the rear do not have a red approved lens (SAE-P2).
    Lamps installed on the side of the front do not have a clear or amber approved lens
    (SAE-P2) so as to project an amber light. If the approved lens on the front side is clear,
    then the bulb shall be a DOT-approved amber bulb;
  • 4. Lens has a piece broken from it. The lens may have one or more cracks provided no
    off-color light projects through the crack(s);
  • 5. Any vehicle has wire, unapproved lens or plastic covers, any other materials which
    are not original equipment or any colored material placed on or in front of permissible
    lighting equipment;
  • 6. Wiring or electrical connections are defective or filaments do not burn.
  • 7. LED light-emitting diode) lights with a clear lens are acceptable if of an approved type.
    For those vehicles that are equipped with a multiple LED light (not filament-burning
    bulbs), they will pass inspection if more than 50% of the diode lights are burning.


Revised August 1, 2012