All WV Motorcycle riders and passengers are required to properly wear a Department of Transportation (DOT) certified helmet. DOT sets the minimum standards for all helmets sold for the intended use of motorcycling on public streets. For a Helmet to fit what is commonly known as the "DOT helmet standard", it has to meet the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 218 (FMVSS 218) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) final rule for new motorcycle helmet labeling requirements.
When selecting a helmet, look for the following:
It is important to note that some novelty helmet sellers provide DOT stickers separately for motorcyclists to place on non-complying helmets. In this case, the DOT sticker is invalid and does not certify compliance.