Common sense will tell you that it's almost always a good idea to wear a seat belt and most of the time it's the law to do so. But, there are a handful of exceptions to Missouri's seat belt law that will allow you to not buckle up.

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I saw a legal site called Burger Law that addressed Missouri's seat belt statutes. I was surprised to see that there are 5 distinct occasions when you are NOT required by Missouri law to wear a seat belt. Here they are:

A doctor's note will exempt you from Missouri seat belt requirements.
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It's true that some have medical conditions that make wearing a seat belt painful and/or not safe for them.

Public carrier passengers exempt from Missouri seat belt laws.
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The Missouri statutes say riders on public carriers like buses or taxis are also exempt from the seat belt law.

Passenger on bus carrying 11 or more not required by Missouri law to wear seat belt.
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The Missouri statute says that passengers aboard a bus carrying 11 or more are not required to wear a seat belt.

Postal workers not required by Missouri law to wear a seat belt.
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It's common sense that a postal worker that's constantly having to exit a vehicle would not be required to wear a seat belt in Missouri.

Farmers driving agricultural equipment are not required to wear a seat belt in Missouri.
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Farmers and agricultural workers driving farm equipment are not required by law to wear a seat belt in Missouri.

Here's a bonus one provided to my by a listener named William. He said "If you license your truck (doesn't matter what size truck) with 18,000lb tags. You don't have to wear a seat belt! ".

To emphasize, I am NOT a lawyer. I've done my own research, but you should look at the Missouri statutes yourself and/or talk to a real lawyer if you have serious questions.

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