SUBSCRIBE NOW Just 99¢ for your first month

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Ask A Trooper: Are radio scanners in motor vehicles legal?

pej-ask-a-trooper-header.jpg
Base image from Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
We are part of The Trust Project.

Question: I have a buddy who drives around with a scanner in his vehicle. He says because he has a ham radio license it’s legal, is that true?

Answer: Your friend is correct. Peace officers, the State Patrol, and people with an amateur radio license issued by the Federal Communications Commission are allowed to have a scanner in their vehicle. Emergency response personnel are also allowed to use scanners if they’re employed or authorized by the federal government, the state, or a political subdivision to provide fire suppression, police protection, emergency medical services, or emergency activities relating to health and safety and in compliance with the requirements of the state statute.

People not authorized to use a scanner could be found guilty of a misdemeanor. Second and subsequent offenses are gross misdemeanors.

People using such devices while committing or attempting to commit a felony could be convicted of a felony.

A portion of state statutes were used with permission from the Office of the Revisor of Statutes. If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota, send your questions to Trp. Jesse Grabow – Minnesota State Patrol at 1000 Highway 10 West, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-2205. (You can follow him on Twitter @MSPPIO_NW or reach him at, jesse.grabow@state.mn.us).

ADVERTISEMENT

Related Topics: ASK A TROOPERPUBLIC SAFETY
What to read next
Inmates in-custody in the Wadena County jail in Wadena, Minnesota
Inmates in-custody in the Crow Wing County jail in Brainerd, Minnesota
Inmates in-custody in the Mille Lacs County jail in Milaca, Minnesota
Who are the people being held in custody in Aitkin, Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Itasca, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Todd, and Wadena counties? What crimes did they commit? See the current in-custody jail roster inmate lists - know what'a going on!