Ask A Trooper

Sgt. Jesse Grabow

Question: I have been thinking about getting a dash camera for my vehicle. If I do, where can I place it?

  Answer: When it comes to placing things up in the windshield or dashboard area Minnesota has restrictions as a concern for obstructed vision and safety. Dash cameras are allowed if the driver feedback and safety monitoring equipment are mounted immediately behind, slightly above, or slightly below the rearview mirror. Some other things allowed are:

• sun visors

• rearview mirrors

• global positioning systems or navigation systems when mounted or located near the bottommost portion of the windshield.

• electronic toll collection devices

• an identifying device for a transportation network company when the device is mounted or located near the bottommost portion of the windshield (with restrictions on color and manner.)

  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,