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The street legal laws of Minnesota limit only a vehicle's bumper height. There are no suspension or frame height modification restrictions. While keeping the vehicle's bumpers at legal height, residents of Minnesota are free to install suspension lift kits, performance shocks, aftermarket wheels and tires, winch bumpers, and grille-guards.

Governing Laws


The Minnesota Statutes (MS) specify the street legal laws for the state.

MS Ch. 169

Vehicle Dimensions


Overall vehicle size in Minnesota is limited to 102 inches wide, 13 feet 6 inches tall, and 45 feet long for a single vehicle.

MS 169-80
MS 196-81

Tire Restrictions


Minnesota requires that tires be in safe operating condition, without any bulges or exposed cords. There is a minimum tire tread depth of 1/16 inch. Tire grooving is allowed up to the depth of the original tire tread.

MS 169-722

Wheel Restrictions


Minnesota's statutes do not reference wheels.

Braking Requirements


Brakes are required on all 4 wheels and must be capable of stopping the vehicle within 30 feet from a speed of 20 mph. Minnesota also requires a secondary, mechanical, parking brake.

MS 169-67

Steering Laws


Minnesota does not have any specific rules for a vehicle's steering system.

Suspension Laws


There are no specific suspension lift limits in Minnesota, however, lift height is subject to the bumper height rules listed below.

Frame Requirements


In Minnesota, there are no vehicle frame restrictions.

Bumper Restrictions


Bumper height in Minnesota must be within 6 inches of the factory bumper height. The maximum bumper height for 4x4s is 25 inches. Bumpers must be at least 4.5 inches tall and must extend 10 inches outside of each frame rail. Bumpers must be attached to the frame in at least 4 places (4 brackets).

( Measured to the bottom of the bumper. )

MS 169-73

Fender Requirements


Minnesota requires mud flaps or fenders so that spray is reduced as much as practical.

MS 169-733

Lighting Requirements


In addition to headlights and tail lights, vehicles in Minnesota are allowed to have several additional lights installed. When a vehicle is equipped with extra lighting, the maximum number of lights that can be on in the front of the vehicle is 4.



Min. Height

Max. Height


2 min.



Tail lights

1 min.



Spot lights

2 max.



Fog lights

2 max.

12 inches

30 inches

Aux. passing lights

1 max.

24 inches

42 inches

Aux. driving lights

1 max.

16 inches

42 inches

( Measured to the center of the light. )

MS 169-49
MS 169-50
MS 169-56
MS 169-63

Window Laws


Minnesota's statutes do not specifically state whether or not windshields are required, although, vehicles with windshields are required to have windshield wipers.

MS 169-71

Exhaust Requirements


In Minnesota, vehicles are required to have mufflers and it is unlawful to install exhaust cutouts.

MS 169-69

Engine Swap Rules


It is unclear whether or not Minnesota has any engine swap or engine performance modification rules.

Emissions Testing


Minnesota does not require emissions testing.

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