Is your car’s phone dock legal in your state? Did you even know that’s a question you had to ask? For such a basic accessory, the law can get a little complicated.
There are almost as many types of phone mounts as there are phones. While most of them are legal in most states, there are some curious exceptions for certain types of mounts. Here, we’ll break down the kinds of mounts you can get, and how to make sure they’re legal in your state.outdoor fixed led display
One of the most common—and most legally unclear—mounts are the suction cups you can attach to your windshield. The legal language that governs suction cup mounts varies from state to state. Some like Georgia simply ban anything that “obstructs” your view, while others like California are more specific, banning signs or posters on your windows, but have specific exceptions for areas where you can place a device.
In California, for example, you can place suction cup mounts in either a 5" square in the lower corner of the driver’s side window, or a 7" square in the lower corner of the passenger’s side of the windshield. These specific variations vary by state, but the only states with no restrictions at all are Missouri and North Carolina.
If you live in one of those states (or Missouri or North Carolina) you could consider a suction cup mount like this one from Amoner that can adjust to the size of most popular phones.
While most states have laws governing obstructions on windows, dashboard suction cup mounts live in a more nebulous area. Technically, these don’t mount to your windshield, but they can still obstruct your view, depending on placement.
The following states have broad language banning windshield obstructions and, while it may be possible to get away with some windshield-mounted suction cup docks, a dashboard dock that stays out of your eyeline may be more workable: