Delaware Cell Phone & Texting and Driving Laws

Handheld cell phone use and texting is prohibited for all Delaware drivers. All cell phone use (handheld and hands-free) is prohibited for Delaware bus drivers and for novice drivers.

Cell Phone Use

All Delaware drivers are prohibited from using handheld cell phones while driving.

Novice drivers in Delaware - drivers with a learner's permit or intermediate license holders – are prohibited from all cell phone use (handheld and hands-free).

If handheld cell phones are prohibited, then what’s permissible? Here are the common options:

  • Abstinence (don't use a cell phone while driving)
  • Speaker Phone (you may have to talk loud)
  • Use a bluetooth wireless device (those devices that people stick in their ear)
  • Use a wired headset (economical and they come with many phones)
  • Install a car kit (a more expensive proposition)

Texting Laws

All Delaware drivers are prohibited from texting.

Bus Drivers

All Delaware bus drivers are prohibited from using cell phones  (handheld and hands-free) and from texting.

How is it Enforced?

Delaware’s handheld cell phone and texting laws are considered “primary” laws, as is the prohibition on all cell phones for bus drivers. 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 Delaware’s distracted driving laws.

Additional Resources

Follow the links below to learn more about driving laws in Delaware.

FEATURED LISTINGS FROM NOLO
Swipe to view more

Talk to a Lawyer

Want to talk to an attorney? Start here.

How It Works

  1. Briefly tell us about your case
  2. Provide your contact information
  3. Connect with local attorneys
NOLO-web2:DRU1.6.12.2.20161011.41205