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Can civilians drive armored vehicles?

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Yes – we have thousands of vehicles in the United States and being used around the world. It is legal to own and drive the bulletproof vehicles we upgrade. With an increasing amount of violent events across the world, driving an armoured vehicle is a great way to mitigate everyday danger.

Driving an armoured vehicle provides civilians with added peace-of-mind while driving that cannot be found with any other vehicle, regardless of its safety ratings.  Armoured vehicles are designed to fit in while providing an overall safer driving experience. Here at Armormax®, we design these to be defensive-everyday use vehicles that protect CEOs, athletes, and families going to and from work or school.

We answer a lot of myths about armored cars on this blog post, here. Or, learn about the steps it takes to buy an armored vehicle as a civilian.

In most countries, civilians are legally allowed to own and drive armored vehicles, with some potential exceptions and limitations:

General Legality:

  • No federal restrictions: In many countries, like the United States, there are no federal laws specifically prohibiting civilians from owning or driving armored vehicles.
  • Local regulations: However, some local jurisdictions might have specific regulations regarding armored vehicles, including:
    • Licensing requirements: Certain areas might require permits or licenses to own or operate an armored vehicle.
    • Registration restrictions: Specific registration procedures or restrictions might apply to armored vehicles.
    • Use limitations: Some localities might have regulations restricting the use of armored vehicles in certain areas or for specific purposes.


  • Check local laws: Before acquiring an armored vehicle, it’s crucial to thoroughly research and understand the relevant local laws in your specific area to ensure compliance.
  • Consult with legal professionals: If unsure about any legal aspects, consider consulting with a lawyer specializing in vehicle regulations to get clear and accurate information regarding the legality of owning and driving an armored vehicle in your location.

Additional Considerations:

  • Cost and practicality: Armored vehicles are significantly more expensive than their non-armored counterparts due to the materials and expertise involved in their construction. Additionally, the increased weight of armor can impact fuel efficiency and handling.
  • Insurance: Obtaining insurance coverage for an armored vehicle might be more complex and expensive compared to standard car insurance.


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Yes – it is legal to own and drive bulletproof cars. Since 1993, Armormax has been delivering cars through the world safely and securely for their clients to drive and protect their families.

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