Radar Detector Laws Worldwide (2019 Guide)

North America has some of the most lenient laws when it comes to using radar detectors in passenger cars. By comparison to the rest of the world, fines are much lower and confiscation isn't as likely as it would be in places such as Australia, Switzerland, Greece, Czech Republic and Belgium (just to name a few).

Being in most of United States and Western Canada would be the best place for you to operate a vehicle with a radar detector. However...

It is till imperative for you to know country specific laws in regards to using radar detectors in automobiles of all types. First, we will start with the United States.

Radar Detector Laws in the UNITED STATES (Full List)

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As you can see, in the United States it is LEGAL in 49 out of 50 states to operate a radar detector. The ONLY state where they clearly label radar detectors as illegal is Virginia. Washington D.C is also an area where they are illegal, but in such a small area, it's difficult to go any significant speeds in the first place. Using apps like Waze would be much more useful as almost all speed enforcement is done using stationary speed cameras.

It is LEGAL to operate a radar detector in:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey 
  • New Mexico 
  • New York 
  • North Carolina 
  • North Dakota 
  • Ohio 
  • Oklahoma 
  • Oregon 
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island 
  • South Carolina 
  • South Dakota 
  • Tennessee 
  • Texas 
  • Utah 
  • Vermont 
  • Washington 
  • West Virginia 
  • Wisconsin 
  • Wyoming
  • It is ILLEGAL to operate a radar detector in:

    • Virginia
    • Washington D.C (district)

    Radar Detector Laws in CANADA (Full List)

    radar detector laws in canada

    One would assume in Canada there would be a similar amount of provinces not prohibiting the use of radar detectors as there are states in the United States, but that isn't the case. The only provinces that have no specific laws against the use of radar detectors are British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. All other provinces and territories have outlawed their use and impose fines.

    It is LEGAL to operate a radar detector in:

    • British Columbia
    • Alberta
    • Saskatchewan

    It is ILLEGAL to operate a radar detector in:

    • Ontario
    • Quebec
    • Nova Scotia
    • New Brunswick
    • Manitoba
    • Prince Edward Island
    • Newfoundland and Labrador
    • Northwest Territories
    • Yukon
    • Nunavut

    Radar Detector Laws in EUROPE (Full List)

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    In Europe, 75% or more of the countries prohibit the use of radar detector. Switzerland has the strictest fines in all of Europe. This is the most accurate list I could put together after doing research online from various sources. Please if you find certain aspects inaccurate, reach out to me as I'd be happy to fix it.

    It is LEGAL to operate a radar detector in:

    • United Kingdom
    • Bulgaria
    • Romania
    • Moldova
    • Ukraine
    • Russia

    It is ILLEGAL to operate a radar detector in:

  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • France
  • Andorra
  • Monaco
  • Malta
  • Italy
  • Switzerland
  • Luxembourg
  • Denmark
  • Netherlands
  • Belgium
  • Lichtenstein
  • Germany
  • Poland
  • Slovenia
  • Slovakia
  • Croatia
  • Serbia
  • Kosovo
  • Macedonia (FYROM)
  • Montenegro
    • Greece
    • Turkey
    • Albania
    • Belarus
    • Estonia
    • Lithuania
    • Latvia
    • Finland
    • Sweden
    • Norway
    • Hungary
    • Czech Republic
    • Austria
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina
    • San Marino 
    • Vatican City
    • Gibraltar
    • Cyprus
    • Armenia
    • Georgia
    • Azerbaijan

    Radar Detector Laws in ASIA (Full List)

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    Getting laws from Asian countries was difficult. Due to many of these countries still in the "developing" status, there have not been laws set in place for radar detector use. Above is a map of all "ASIAN" countries which I have managed to find some kind of confirmation of a yes, no, or not sure when it comes to legality of radar detectors. 

    If you do end up finding information somewhere that is credible in regards to rules for radar detectors, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me and I WILL update this post as soon as possible. 

    NOTE: Please disregard the overlap with some of these countries that are also mentioned above in Europe. Some are in the "middle" so some would classify them as Asian while others would classify them as European.

    It is LEGAL to operate a radar detector in:

    • Russia
    • China
    • Palestine 
    • Israel
    • Pakistan
    • India
    • Bangladesh
    • Kazakstan
    • South Korea (Korea)
    • Hong Kong
    • Macau
    • Philippines
    • Taiwan
    • Japan
    • Indonesia

    It is ILLEGAL to operate a radar detector in:

    • Malaysia
    • Brunei 
    • Myanmar
    • Singapore
    • North Korea
    • Oman
    • Saudi Arabia
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Bahrain
    • Qatar
    • Jordan
    • Turkey
    • Armenia
    • Azerbaijan
    • Georgia
    • Lebanon
    • Kuwait

    Radar Detector Laws in OCEANIA (Full List)

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    Australia is known for their strict stance on radar detector use. Similar to Canada, they impose fairly high fines and in many cases they confiscate the radar detectors all-together. There is one state that does not prohibit the use of radar detectors, and that is Western Australia. 

    New Zealand as a whole does not prohibit the use of radar detectors anywhere. There's not even a law against laser jammers.

    The other countries in the region such as Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia (FR), Vanuatu, Fiji and other surrounding areas either prohibit them or have no laws in place.  

    It is LEGAL to operate a radar detector in:

    • New Zealand
    • Western Australia (state in Australia)

    It is ILLEGAL to operate a radar detector in:

    • All of Australia (except for state of Western Australia)
    • Fiji
    • Vanuatu
    • New Caledonia (FR)
    • Papua New Guinea
    • All other surrounding island countries

    In Closing

    I spent around 3 hours compiling the list of countries that allow and don't allow the use of radar detectors. Hopefully you find this useful and can take advantage of the information. If you enjoyed this, please consider sharing it with your friends via social media (below).