State ATV Information

Select a state to view information related to specific state laws and for reported deaths by state. This chart shows deaths associated with ATVs by state.

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Alabama

State Laws: No one is permitted to operate an ATV on sand dunes or beaches along the Gulf of Mexico.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: None.

Training: Click here to learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you! 

Legislation: View Alabama's state ATV laws

Alaska

State Laws: No person under 14 may operate an ATV in a state park unless under the direct supervision of an adult 21 or older.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: Department of Natural Resources.(No website)

Training: Click here to learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you!

Legislation: View Alaska's state ATV laws.

Arizona

State Laws:

  • All ATVs are required to be titled, and the owner shall receive one numbered plate valid for the life of the vehicle.
  • All riders (operator and passenger) under 18 must wear a helmet at all times. (Applies to ATVs that are operated on public highways as allowed by law.)
  • No passengers are allowed on the ATV unless it is designed to carry more than one person. (Applies to ATVs that are operated on public highways as allowed by law.)

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: State Police

Training: Click here to learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you!

Legislation: View Arizona's state ATV laws.

Arkansas

State Laws

  • An ATV can be titled if registered by the owner.
  • All 3- and 4-wheeled ATVs are required to be registered, and the owner shall receive one numbered decal to be placed on the ATV.
  • No ATV shall be operated without a lighted headlight and taillight from ½ hour after sunset to ½ hour before sunrise.
  • A person under 12 may not operate an ATV unless with a person 18 or older, or on a parent’s land, or with the permission of the land owner.
  • ATVs may not be used on public streets or highways, except to cross these roads or for farming or hunting to get from one field to another. An ATV may be used on public streets outside city limits to get from one trail to another or to private property.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: State Police.

Training: Click here to learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you!

Legislation: View Arkansas' state ATV laws.

California

State Laws

  • All operators on public lands are required to wear a helmet at all times.
  • All ATVs are required to be titled and registered with the owner receiving a numbered plate for the ATV.
  • Registration is to be renewed once each year.
  • No one under 18 is to operate an ATV on public land unless they are in possession of a safety certificate or with an adult who possesses a safety certificate.
  • No one under 14 may operate an ATV on public land unless they are accompanied and directly supervised by a parent/guardian, or an adult who is authorized by the parent/guardian.
  • No one under 14 may operate an ATV on public land unless they or the adult directly supervising them possesses a safety certificate.
  • No passengers are allowed at any time while on public lands, except one passenger may be carried if the ATV is designed for a passenger.
  • ATVs may not be used on highways, except to cross these highways.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: Department of Parks and Recreation

Training: Click here to learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you!

Legislation: View California's state ATV laws.

Colorado

State Laws

  • All ATVs are required to be registered and numbered, except for ATVs used for agricultural purposes or used only on the owner’s private property.
  • Registration is to be renewed once every year.
  • No one under 10 can operate an ATV on roads designated as Off-Highway Vehicle routes, unless they are licensed or under the supervision of a person with a driver’s license.
  • ATVs may not be used on paved roads or highways, except to cross these roads or for agricultural purposes.
  • No ATV shall be operated on public lands without a lighted headlight and taillight between sunset and sunrise.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: State Police

Training: Click here to learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you!

Legislation: View Colorado's state ATV laws.

 

 

 

Connecticut

State Laws

  • All ATVs must be registered except those used only on the owner’s private property. Registration is to be renewed every two years.
  • All operators using their ATVs on public lands must possess a safety training certificate from the Environmental Protection Commissioner.
  • ATV riders under age 18 must have completed a safety education course.
  • Youth ATVs may not be operated after dark.
  • No one may drive an ATV on paved roads and highways, except a licensed operator may cross these roads at a 90 degree angle only.
  • No one under 12 may operate an ATV on state-owned land.
  • People 12 to15 may not operate an ATV unless they have a safety training certificate and are under the direct supervision of an adult over 18 who has completed a safety training course.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: Department of Environmental Protection.

Training: Click here to learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you!

Legislation: View Connecticut's state ATV laws.

Delaware

State Laws

  • All ATVs must be registered, and registration must be renewed once every 3 years.
  • All 3-wheeled ATV riders (operators and passengers) must wear a helmet.
  • All operators must be at least 12, unless under the parent’s direct supervision or on the parent’s land.
  • ATV use on paved roads is prohibited, unless the ATV is pushed across the road in neutral gear or is being used for a special event.
  • No ATV shall be operated without a lighted headlight and taillight between sunset and sunrise.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: Department of Natural Resources.

Training: Click here to learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you!

Legislation: View Delaware's state ATV laws.

 

District of Columbia

D.C. Laws: None

Agency that Regulates ATVs: None

Training: Click here to learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you!

Florida

State Laws

  • All ATVs operated on public land must be titled. There is no state registration requirement.
  • All riders under 16 must wear a helmet and eye protection at all times.
  • ATV use is prohibited on paved roads.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

Training: Click here to learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you!

Legislation: View Florida's state ATV laws.

Georgia

State Laws: ATVs are not permitted to be operated on sand dunes or beaches anywhere in the state, except as authorized.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: None.

Training: Click here to learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you!

Legislation: View Georgia's state ATV laws.

Hawaii

 

State Laws:  None.
State Agency that Regulates ATVs: None.
Training: Learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you!

State Laws:  None.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: None.

Training: Click here to learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you!

Idaho

State Laws:

  • All ATVs must be titled.
  • All ATVs must be registered, except those used solely for agricultural purposes.
  • Registration is to be renewed once each year.
  • ATVs are not permitted on paved roads or highways, except for agricultural purposes, or as allowed by local ordinance.
  • ATV riders under age 18 must wear a helmet when riding on public property.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: None.

Training: Click here to learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you!

Legislation: View Idaho's state ATV laws.

Illinois

State Laws:

  • All ATVs operated on lands in public Off- Highway Vehicle parks must have a public access sticker.
  • ATVs are not permitted to be operated on paved roads or highways, except to cross the roads.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: Department of Natural Resources

Training: Click here to learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you!

Legislation: View Illinois' state ATV laws.

 

 

Indiana

State Laws:

  • All ATVs purchased after 12/31/05 must be titled.
  • All ATVs operated on public lands must be registered; renewal is once every three years.
  • No one under 14 years old can operate an ATV unless on his or her parent’s land or under direct supervision of an adult 18 years of age or older.
  • ATV use on paved roads is prohibited, except to cross these roads.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: State Police

Training: Click here to learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you!

Legislation: View Indiana's state ATV laws.

Iowa

State Laws:

  • All ATVs must be registered and titled if used on public lands, except for those used solely for agricultural purposes.
  • All registered ATVs are to receive one numbered sticker; renewal is once every year.
  • No one under 12 can operate an ATV unless on private land.
  • No one under 18 can operate an ATV on public lands unless they possess a safety training certificate.
  • No passengers are allowed on the ATV unless it is designed to carry more than one person.
  • ATV use on highways is prohibited, except to cross these roads and for agricultural purposes and then only during daylight hours.
  • ATVs operated during hours of darkness shall have lighted head lamp and tail lamp.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: Department of Natural Resources

Training: Click here to learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you!

Legislation: View Iowa's state ATV laws.

Kansas

State Laws:

  • All ATVs must be titled.
  • ATVs may not be operated on any interstate or highway or within limits of cities of the first class.
  • ATVs may not be operated on public roads between sunset and sunrise unless equipped with a headlight and taillight.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: None.

Training: Click here to learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you!

Legislation: View Kansas' state ATV laws.

Kentucky

State Laws:

  • All riders (operator and passengers) 16 or over on public property must wear a helmet, except those using the ATV for agricultural or business purposes. All riders (operators and passengers) under age 16 must wear helmets.
  • No one under 12 may operate an ATV over 70 cc in engine size.
  • No one under 16 may operate an ATV over 90 cc in engine size.
  • No one under 16 may operate an ATV without parental supervision.
  • ATV use on public roads or highways is prohibited, except to cross these roads or for agricultural use.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: Department of Vehicle Regulation

Training: Click here to learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you!

Legislation: View Kentucky's state ATV laws.

Louisiana

State Laws:

  • All ATVs must be titled and registered, except those used solely for agricultural purposes.
  • Owners of registered ATVs will receive a decal to be placed on the ATV; renewal of registration is once every two years through the Department of Motor Vehicles.
  • ATVs may not be operated in state parks.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: None.

Training: Click here to learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you!

Legislation: View Louisiana's state ATV laws.

Maine

State Laws:

  • All operators under 18 must wear a helmet.
  • Registration is required for all ATVs, except those used solely for agricultural purposes or operated on the owner's land.
  • Registration is to be renewed once each year.
  • All operators under 16 must have a safety training certificate and be under direct supervision of an adult to operate on any land outside of their parent’s property.
  • No one under 10 may operate an ATV unless on a parent’s land.
  • ATVs may not be operated on public roads except to cross the road.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

Training: Click here to learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you!

Legislation: View Maine's state ATV laws.

Maryland

 

State Laws:

  • No title is required, although one can be obtained if an owner requests one.
  • All ATVs operated on Department of Natural Resources lands need to be registered; renewal of registration is once each year.
  • To operate an ATV in Department of Natural Resources designated areas the operator must have a license or permit, or be under the supervision of a parent and be 12 or older.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: State Police

Training: Click here to learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you!

Legislation: View Maryland's state ATV laws.

Massachusetts

State Laws:

  • Every rider (operator and passenger) must wear a helmet.
  • All ATVs must be registered, except if operated on the owner's land, with the owner receiving a plate to be placed on the ATV.
  • No one under 14 may operate an ATV unless over 10 and in a special event, or 10 to12 and supervised by an adult while on a parent’s land, or 12 to14 if supervised by an adult over 18.
  • No one under 12 may operate an ATV on Department of Environmental Management land.
  • ATV use on paved roads or public ways is prohibited, except to cross these roads.
  • No ATV shall be operated without a lighted headlight and taillight between sunset and sunrise.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: Division of Law Enforcement

Training: Click here to learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you!

Legislation: View Massachusetts' state ATV laws.

Michigan

State Laws:

  • All riders (operator and passengers) must wear a helmet and eye protection at all times.
  • All ATVs must be titled.
  • All ATVs must be registered unless used solely on an operator’s private land; renewal is once every year.
  • Children under 16 years old must have a safety training certificate and be under the direct visual supervision of an adult.
  • No one under 16 may operate a three-wheeled ATV.
  • No one under 10 may operate an ATV except while performing farm work.
  • No one under 12 may cross a highway or street on an ATV.
  • No passengers are allowed on the ATV unless it is designed to carry more than one person.
  • ATV use on streets, county roads or highways is prohibited, except to cross these roads at right angles to get from one area to another after coming to a complete stop.
  • No ATV shall be operated without a lighted headlight and taillight from ½ hour after sunset to ½ hour before sunrise.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: Department of Natural Resources

Training: Click here to learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you!

Legislation: View Michigan's state ATV laws.

Minnesota

State Laws:

  • All ATV riders (passengers and operator) under age 18 on public land must wear a helmet at all times.
  • Registration is required.
  • There are two types of registration: for public land use, renewal is once every three years and for private land use or agricultural purposes, registration is good for as long as the vehicle is owned.
  • No one under 18 can register an ATV.
  • A driver's license is required to operate an ATV along or on public road rights-of-way.
  • No operator under 12 can cross public roads or drive on public roads and lands, except an operator at least 10 years old may operate an ATV up to 90cc on public lands if accompanied by parent.
  • Operators between 12 and 15 must have a safety training certificate and be accompanied by an adult 18 or older who possesses a driver's license to operate on public lands.
  • In order to be issued a safety training certificate, operators under 12 must have completed a safety training course and be able to reach and control the handlebars and reach the footrests.
  • Effective January 1, 2006, anyone born after July 1, 1987 and is 16 or older, must complete an independent study course component of ATV safety training before operating an ATV on public land.
  • ATV use on paved roads is allowed where and how designated.
  • A rider may not operate an ATV on a trail designated “not for motorized use,” posted public lands, state park lands, wildlife management areas, or unfrozen water.
  • If an ATV is equipped with headlight and taillight, it may not be operated unless lighted at all times. All ATVs operated between ½ hour after sunset to ½ hour before sunrise must have lighted headlight and taillight.
  • An ATV may not be operated with a passenger except a parent may carry one passenger under age 16, a person age 18 or older may carry one passenger age 16 or 17, and a person 18 or older may carry one passenger age 18 or older.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: Commissioner of Natural Resources

Training: Click here to learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you!

Legislation: View Minnesota's state ATV laws.

Mississippi

State Laws: ATVs may not be operated in state parks, except in designated areas.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: None.

Training: Click here to learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you!

Legislation: View Mississippi's state ATV laws.

Missouri

 

State Laws:

  • All riders (passengers and operator) under 18 must wear a helmet at all times.
  • All ATVs must be titled and registered; registration renewal is once every three years.
  • No one under 16 may register an ATV.
  • ATV use on highways is prohibited, except for agricultural or industrial purposes.
  • No one under 16 may operate an ATV unless on a parent’s land or accompanied by a parent.
  • Passengers may not be carried except for agricultural purposes and except for ATVs designed to carry more than one person.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: State Police

Training: Click here to learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you!

Legislation: View Missouri's state ATV laws.

Montana

State Laws:

  • All ATVs operated on public lands must be titled.
  • All ATVs must be registered one-time, with the owner receiving a decal to be placed on the ATV.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks

Training: Click here to learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you!

Legislation: View Montana's state ATV laws.

Nebraska

State Laws:

  • ATVs sold on or after January 1, 2004, must be titled.
  • ATVs may never be registered for on-road use.
  • ATV use on public streets or highways is prohibited, except to cross these roads or for agricultural purposes.
  • No ATV shall be operated without a lighted headlight and taillight from ½ hour after sunset to ½ hour before sunrise.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: Department of Motor Vehicles

Training: Click here to learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you!

Legislation: View Nebraska's state ATV laws.

Nevada

State Laws:

  • ATVs may be operated only in designated areas on state park lands.
  • Except as provided in law, ATVs may not be operated on paved highways that are not designated for use by off-road vehicles.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: None.

Training: Click here to learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you!

Legislation: View Nevada's state ATV laws.

New Hampshire

State Laws:

  • All ATV operators and passengers under 18 must wear a helmet and all operators under 18 must wear eye protection at all times.
  • All ATVs over 95 cc in engine size must be registered, with the owner receiving a license plate for the ATV.
  • Registration is to be renewed once every year.
  • No one under 18 can register an ATV.
  • No one under 18 operating an ATV shall carry passengers at any time.
  • Any person over 12 must have a safety certificate or a motor vehicle license to ride off their own property.
  • Any person under 14 must be supervised by an adult over 18 when off their own property.
  • ATV use on public roads and highways is prohibited, except to cross these roads.
  • No ATV shall be operated without a lighted headlight and taillight from ½ hour after sunset to ½ hour before sunrise.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: Department of Resources and Economic Development

Training: Click here to learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you!

Legislation: View New Hampshire's state ATV laws.

New Jersey

State Laws

  • All riders (operator and passengers) must wear a helmet.
  • All ATVs used on public roads and lands must be registered, with renewal once each year.
  • No one under 18 may operate an ATV on public lands without a safety training certificate.
  • No one under 14 may operate an ATV on public lands or cross roads.
  • No one under age 16 shall operate an ATV over 90 cc on public lands or across a highway.
  • ATV use on public roads and highways is prohibited, except to cross these roads.
  • No ATV shall be operated without a lighted headlight and taillight from ½ hour before sunset to ½ hour after sunrise.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: State Police 

Training: Click here to learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you!

Legislation: View New Jersey's state ATV laws.

New Mexico

State Laws

  • ATVs must be titled.
  • ATVs must be registered; a user fee must be paid, if the ATV is used on public lands; registration is renewed every 2 years.
  • ATV riders under age 18 must wear helmets and eye protection.
  • ATV riders under age 18 must have a safety permit.
  • ATV operators under age 18 may not carry passengers.
  • ATV riders under age 18 must be supervised except under specified circumstances.
  • ATV operators under age 10 may only operate age-appropriate size-fit ATVs.
  • ATVs may not be operated on paved streets, except to cross.
  • No ATV shall be operated without a lighted headlight and taillight when visibility is limited.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: State Police

Training: Click here to learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you!

Legislation: View New Mexico's state ATV laws.

New York

State Laws

  • No passengers are allowed on the ATV unless it is designed to carry more than one person.
  • All riders (operator and passengers) must wear a helmet at all times.
  • All ATVs must be registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles, renewing registration once every year.
  • ATV use on highways is prohibited, except to cross these roads.
  • No one under 10 may ride or operate an ATV.
  • Operators between 10 and 15 may ride an ATV if they are on their parent’s land and supervised by a parent, or on their parent’s land and in possession of a safety training certificate.
  • No ATV shall be operated without a lighted headlight and taillight from ½ hour after sunset to ½ hour before sunrise.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: Local County Sheriff

Training: Click here to learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you!

Legislation: View New York's state ATV laws.

North Carolina

State Laws

  • No one under age 8 may operate an ATV.
  • Children under age 12 may only operate an ATV under 70cc.
  • Children under age 16 may only operate an ATV 90cc or less.
  • Children under age 16 must be supervised by a person at least age 18.
  • Passengers may not be carried unless the ATV was designed to carry passengers.
  • All ATV operators must wear helmet and eye protection.
  • ATV use on public streets and highways is prohibited except to cross.
  • No ATV shall be operated without a lighted headlight and taillight from ½ hour after sunset to ½ hour before sunrise.
  • Effective October 1, 2006, every ATV operator born on or after January 1, 1990, must have an ATV safety certificate.
  • People using ATVs for farming, hunting or trapping are exempt from the law’s provisions.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: None.

Training: Click here to learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you!

Legislation: View North Carolina's state ATV laws.

North Dakota

State Laws

  • All riders under the age of 18 (passengers and operator) must wear a helmet.
  • All ATVs must be registered, renewing registration once every two years unless solely being driven on private property.
  • To operate an ATV a person 12 years of age to under 16 years of age must possess a driver's license or an ATV safety certificate.
  • No passengers are allowed, unless the ATV is designed for carrying a passenger.
  • ATV use on roads is limited to county and township roads marked 45 mph and below. ATV use is also allowed in the highway right of way, bottom of the ditch or along the outslope. It is illegal to operate on the shoulder or inside slope. Certain other restrictions apply.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: Parks and Recreation Department 

Training: Click here to learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you!

Legislation: View North Dakota's state ATV laws.

Ohio

State Laws

  • All riders (passengers and operator) must wear a helmet and eye protection while on state forest riding areas.
  • All ATVs must be titled and registered, renewing registration once every 3 years.
  • To operate an ATV on public lands, one must have a driver's license or motorcycle endorsement; the Department of Natural Resources may permit a person at least 12 to operate on Department land if accompanied by a parent.
  • No one under 16 may operate an ATV unless on land owned by a parent or accompanied by an adult 18 or older.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: Department of Natural Resources

Training: Click here to learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you!

Legislation: View Ohio's state ATV laws.

Oklahoma

State Laws

  • All riders (passengers and operator) must wear a helmet when operating an ATV in certain designated riding areas.
  • ATVs purchased on or after July 1, 2005, shall be registered and titled.
  • ATV use on streets or highways is prohibited except:
    • to cross these roads, or
    • for no more than 300 feet to cross a railroad track during daylight hours, or
    • on unpaved roads on U.S. Forest Service property.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: Tourism and Recreation Department

Training: Click here to learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you!

Legislation: View Oklahoma's state ATV laws.

Oregon

 

State Laws

  • All riders under 18 must wear a helmet with the chin strap fastened, except those operating on their own private property or for agricultural or forestry purposes.
  • An operating permit (ATV Sticker) is required for all ATVs used on state designated trails and riding areas.
  • The permit is to be renewed once every two years.
  • All youth under age 16 operating an ATV on public lands must be supervised by an adult who is at least 18 years old and holds a valid ATV Safety Education Card and can provide immediate assistance and direction to the children.
  • All Youth under age 16 on an ATV must meet Rider Fit rules.
  • All operators under 12 must be accompanied by someone at least 18 to cross a highway.
  • ATV use on highways is prohibited, unless one is crossing these roads, a particular road’s use for ATVs is permitted by the state, or the road is completely covered by snow and has been closed to traffic.
  • ATVs shall not be operated without a taillight and lighted headlight during times when limited visibility conditions exist.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

Training: Online (required) at www.rideatvoregon.org . Hands-on training is required for youth under 16 starting Jan. 1, 2012. 

Year Mandatory Safety Training Age
Jan. 1, 2010 Youth 15 and under and adults supervising youth
Jan. 1, 2010 30 and under
Jan. 1, 2011 40 and under
Jan. 1, 2012 50 and under
Jan. 1, 2013 60 and under
Jan. 1, 2014 All riders must have an ATV safety education card
Training: Hands-on required for youth under 16 starting January 1, 2012. Click here to learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you! 
Legislation: To view Oregon's state ATV laws, click here

Click here to learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you! 

Legislation: View Oregon's state ATV laws.

Pennsylvania

State Laws

  • No ATV shall be operated without a lighted headlight and taillight from ½ hour after sunset to ½ hour before sunrise.
  • All ATVs must be titled and registered, with the owner receiving one numbered plate.
  • Registration is to be renewed once every two years.
  • No one under age 8 shall operate an ATV on state-owned land.
  • No one between 8 and 15 may operate an ATV unless on a parent’s land or in possession of a safety training certificate.
  • No one under 16 may cross a highway or operate an ATV on designated roads unless in possession of a safety certificate and with an adult 18 or older.
  • ATV use on any street or highway is prohibited, except to cross and except for roads designated as ATV roads.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: State Police

Training: Click here to learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you!

Legislation: View Pennsylvania's state ATV laws.

Rhode Island

State Laws

  • All riders (operator and passengers) are required to wear helmets.
  • All ATVs must be titled and registered. Registration is to be renewed once every year.
  • All operators between 16 and 18 need a license to cross highways.
  • No one under 16 may cross a highway while operating an ATV.
  • No one may operate an ATV on Department of Environmental Management lands.
  • ATV use on streets and highways is prohibited, except to cross these roads.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: Department of Environmental Management

Training: Click here to learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you!

Legislation: View Rhode Island's state ATV laws.

South Carolina

State Laws

  • ATVS are permitted to operate on state park and forest lands only on designated trails. Operation on roadways within state parks and forests is permitted only by street legal vehicles.
  • There are no designated trails in any state parks; therefore ATVs may not be operated in parks. There are 3 OHV trails in the state forest system.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: None.

Training: Click here to learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you!

Legislation: South Carolina has no laws on regulations pertaining to ATVs with the exception of the use restrictions above.

South Dakota

State Laws

  • All ATVs must be titled.
  • ATV use on highways is prohibited, except to cross these roads. Four-wheeled ATVs of 200cc or more may be licensed for highway use if they meet motorcycle equipment requirements, and operator has a valid driver's license.
  • No one under 12 and older may operate an ATV in highway ditches.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: None.

Training: Click here to learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you!

Legislation: View South Dakota's state ATV laws.

Tennessee

State Laws

  • All riders (operators and passengers) on three-wheeled ATVs in designated state park riding areas must wear helmets and eye protection at all times.
  • Four-wheeled ATVs are prohibited in state parks.
  • ATV use on highways is prohibited, except to cross these roads.
  • All ATVs must be titled with the owner receiving one identification device that shall be placed on the ATV.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: None.

Training: Click here to learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you!

Legislation: View Tennessee's state ATV laws.

Texas

State Laws

  • All ATV owners must apply for a title before selling or disposing of their ATV.
  • All ATVs operated on public property must be registered, renewing registration once every year.
  • No passengers are allowed at any time while the ATV is on public lands, unless the ATV is designed to carry a passenger.
  • ATV use on public streets is prohibited, except to cross these roads or for agricultural purposes.
  • All operators under 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • While on public lands, all operators must have a safety certificate or be with an adult who has obtained a safety certificate.
  • ATVs shall not be operated from ½ hour after sunset to ½ hour before sunrise without a lighted taillight and headlight.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: Department of Public Safety

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Utah

State Laws

  • All ATVs manufactured after 1987 must be titled.
  • All ATVs operated on public lands must be registered, renewing registration once each year.
  • No one under 8 may operate an ATV on public lands.
  • To operate an ATV on public lands, the operator must possess a safety training certificate or a driver's license.
  • ATV use on streets or highways is prohibited, unless crossing these roads or the road has been designated as an Off-Highway Vehicle riding area.
  • ATVs shall not be operated between sunset and sunrise without a lighted taillight and headlight.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: None.

Training: Click here to learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you!

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Vermont

State Laws

  • All ATVs of model year 2004 or newer must be titled.
  • All ATVs must be registered, except those used solely on private property, renewing registration once every two years.
  • No one between 12 and 15 may cross a highway while operating an ATV unless under the direct supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • ATV use on public highways is prohibited, except to cross these roads.
  • No one under 12 may operate an ATV unless they are on a parent’s land, have written permission of property owner, or are under the direct supervision of an adult 18 or older.
  • All operators under 18 must have a safety training certificate, unless they are operating on their own or a parent’s land.
  • ATVs shall not be operated from ½ hour after sunset to ½ hour before sunrise without a lighted taillight and headlight.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: None.

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Virginia

State Laws

  • ATVs over 50 cc's and purchased as new on or after July 1, 2006, are required to be titled.
  • All ATV riders must wear helmets.
  • No one under 16 may operate an ATV, except that children between the ages of 12 and 16 may operate ATVs of no more than 90 cc's and children less than age 12 may operate ATVs of no more than 70 cc's.
  • No passengers are permitted on an ATV at any time, except if ATV is designed to be operated with a passenger.
  • ATV use on public highways is prohibited, except to cross these roads, for agricultural purposes, or while in Buchanan County.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: State Police

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Washington

State Laws

  • All ATVs must be titled and registered, with owners receiving an Off-Road Vehicle use permit and ORV tag to place on their ATV, unless used solely on agricultural lands owned or leased by the ATV owner or operator.
  • ATVs shall not be operated between dusk and dawn without a lighted taillight and headlight.
  • No one under age 13 may operate an ATV on or across a highway or road except on a road designated for off-highway vehicle use under direct supervision of a person at least 18 who has a driver's license.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: Department of Licensing.

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West Virginia

State Laws

  • All ATVs must be titled.
  • All riders under 18 must complete a rider safety awareness course.
  • All riders under 18 shall wear helmets at all times.
  • ATV use is banned from paved roads with a center line or more than 2 lanes, except to cross and except for getting from one trail or field to another when traveling up to 10 miles no faster than 25 mph.
  • No passengers are permitted except if the ATV is designed for a passenger or if the passenger is at least age 18 and the operator is at least 18 and has a driver's license.
  • ATVs shall not be operated from sunset to sunrise without a lighted taillight and headlight.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: State Police

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Legislation: View West Virginia's state ATV laws.

Wisconsin

State Laws

  • Children under 12 must wear a helmet at all times except if the ATV is operated for agricultural purposes or on family's land.
  • Children between age 12 and 18 must wear a helmet, unless hunting or fishing, operating for agricultural purposes, or on their family's land.
  • All ATVs are required to be registered. There are two types of registration: (1) public land use, which is renewed every two years or (2) private land use, which lasts for the lifetime of the vehicle.
  • No one under 12 may operate an ATV unless operating on their family's land, operating for agricultural purposes and under direct supervision of a person over age 18, or unless operating a 4-wheel ATV of 90cc or less on a designated ATV trail and accompanied by a parent.
  • No one under 12 may operate an ATV on a roadway.
  • Children at least age 12 and born on or after January 1, 1988, must have taken a safety training course, unless operating on family's land.
  • ATV use on roads is prohibited, except for agricultural purposes or to cross these roads.
  • ATVs shall not be operated during hours of darkness without a lighted taillight and headlight.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: Department of Natural Resources

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Legislation: View Wisconsin's state ATV laws.

Wyoming

State Laws

  • Registration is required only for ATVs used on designated off-highway vehicle trails.
  • Registration is to be renewed each year, and owners receive a numbered decal.
  • ATV use on public streets and highways is prohibited, except to cross these roads and except for agricultural use outside city limits.

State Agency that Regulates ATVs: None.

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Legislation: View Wyoming's state ATV laws.