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I was browsing the local Craigslist Rideshare section, looking for someone to tag along on an upcoming road trip when I came across this post:

I am a nudist that will be travelling, in the buff, west on I70 to Denver and then N to Cheyenne and then west on I80 to points west starting tomorrow. It would be fun to have a HWP female rider that is open minded and willing to at least put up with my hobby even if not a practioner. I will be stopping the night somewhere in Wyoming and then moving on. I'd like someone that is willing to split gas and lodging costs if possible. I will leave the Wichita area tomorrow morning between 8 and 9 am.

Which makes me wonder: Is it legal* to drive in the nude?

*If relevant laws vary, then let me limit the scope of the question to the state of Kansas, USA, where the post was made.

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I found the perfect excuse in case you get arrested: :) – iHaveacomputer Jul 15 '12 at 21:31
"HWP" = Highway Patrol? – e100 Oct 19 '12 at 17:12
e100: HWP - Height/Weight Proportionate. I.e. "attractive" – Flimzy Oct 19 '12 at 17:35
is that part of "my friend has a question" contest? :-) – Geeo Jan 16 '14 at 20:37

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One would definitely have to look at the statutes state by state. In the state of Florida for example you could be cited under the public indecency statute. In NY though going topless is legal for women, so partial nudity would be fine in that state.

There were similar discussions on other sites like Yahoo answers, or

But generally Kansas being a fairly conservative state I would say you are likely to get cited for public indecency if you get stopped or have to get out of the car (unless of course you start and end in a garage in a private home.)

Speaking of: Link no longer valid

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There are several blogs discussing driving naked and its legality they are not specific to Kansas but discuss points generally applicable to Kansas as well.

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In Kansas, it is legal to be naked in full view of everyone, walking down the street, "unless [one] is exposing themselves or a sexual organ to gratify or arouse someone other than themself", according to this news story, so driving naked in Kansas would also be legal, if those conditions are met.

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at least one state understands that regulating clothing is regulating expression and thus a violation of the 1st ammendment... – jwenting Oct 30 at 7:09
@jwenting: But even the 1st amendment is subject to regional decency laws, which are undoubtedly related to this question. :) – Flimzy Oct 30 at 8:28
Are they? Have those laws ever been challenged under the first ammendment and been found to trump it? I doubt it. I think if someone were to challenge those laws under the first ammendment he'd probably win. But doing so is a long and expensive process, which most people aren't going to try. – jwenting Oct 30 at 11:33
@jwenting: There have been a number of cases, with differing results depending on jurisdiction, case specifics, and the phase of the moon. Read more here. In any case, the question of whether I might be able to prove innocence in a constitutional court, after having been arrested for driving naked isn't really the kind of answer anyone is expecting on Travel.SE. (Perhaps such a discussion is appropriate on a site about constitutional law). – Flimzy Oct 30 at 11:38

In general, if you are driving naked and no one can see you, then there is no violation of law. Nudity in itself is not a crime. Example: It is 3 AM and you are on an interstate or any other road for that matter, and there are no other vehicles on the road or if no one can see you are nude, then there is no violation.

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This makes sense... but do you have a source to back it up? I.e. a law that defines public nudity as being seen by someone? – Flimzy May 2 '14 at 13:17
This seems wrong. I would guess, public nudity is when someone is naked in a location accessible by the public, not by the fact that there is no public at the moment. – Itai May 4 '14 at 20:55
Depends. In the England and Wales for example, there's no offence of "public Nudity" but there is "Indecen Exposure" - but idecent exposure is defined not by being naked, but by your nudity upsetting someone. If there's noone to upset, then you're in the clear... – CMaster Oct 30 at 11:14

A car (legally) is an extension of your home. Being that you can be naked in your home, you should be able to. You didn't mention sex, but for other people coming here, is a different story. It is within the privacy of your own home.

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Do you have anything to back up your answer? As it stands, it's more a comment than a proper answer. – drat Oct 30 at 4:34
A car (legally) is an extension of your home -- Really? This sounds both unlikely, and meaningless. Do you have a source to back this up? – Flimzy Oct 30 at 7:02
@Flimzy it's a common argument made by people who insist that the police searching their car is a violation of the constitutional protection against unreasonable search and seizure. I'm far from certain that argument would hold up in a constitutional court, but I'm no expert on the law. Maybe there is jurispudence to be found. – jwenting Oct 30 at 7:12
@jwenting: I'd want to see a court that agreed with them, or a law which expressly stated that, before I'd consider it a valid answer. For many purposes, a car is decidedly not part of your home (try claiming an auto repair on your home-owner's insurance, for instance). – Flimzy Oct 30 at 8:27
@Flimzy I don't think a higher court would agree with them, but that doesn't stop them from making the claim :) – jwenting Oct 30 at 11:34

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