New Hampshire Text Messaging and Cell Phone Laws

There is no prohibition on cell phone use while driving in New Hampshire. However, all New Hampshire drivers are prohibited from texting.

Cell Phone Use

There is no cell phone prohibition for New Hampshire drivers.

Texting Laws

All New Hampshire drivers are prohibited from texting while driving. The law states: "A person operating a moving motor vehicle who writes a text message or uses two hands to type on or operate an electronic or telecommunications device, is guilty of a violation. A person does not write a text message when he or she reads, selects, or enters a phone number or name in a wireless communications device for the purpose of making a phone call."

Bus Drivers

As with all New Hampshire drivers, bus drivers are prohibited from texting while driving.

How is it Enforced?

There is a $100 fine for text messaging while driving. New Hampshire’s text messaging laws are considered “primary” laws. A primary law means that an officer can pull you over for the offense without having to witness some other violation. That is, the officer sees you texting and issues a citation.  

Read more about New Hampshire’s distracted driving laws.

Other New Hampshire Information

Follow the links below for additional information regarding New Hampshire driving laws.

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