CFMOTO encourages all ATV riders to adhere to the ATV laws and regulations in your state. Doing so will ensure that you are properly registered and are operating your vehicle safely.


ATV riders in most states who were born after a specified date are required to complete an approved ATV Safety Course, and carry a state-mandated ATV Safety Certificate with them while riding on public lands. Some states may also require operators to carry a license even if they are riding on their own private property. Check with your state to find out how the regulations apply to you.

ATV Age Restrictions by State

In addition to the required ATV safety certificate, riders in most states who are under 18 and who are riding on public lands must follow some type of restrictions that may include the following:


●        Operating an ATV on public or private property

●        Operating a certain ATV class

●        Permissions granted by private or public properties

●        Weather or terrain conditions

●        Licensed adult supervision

●        Crossing on roadways or operating on road right-of-ways

ATV Safety Gear Requirements

Not all states require operators to wear safety equipment when operating an ATV. All ATV riders should wear a proper helmet, eye protection, gloves, and over-the-ankle boots, however, when riding an ATV. A helmet is the single most important piece of safety equipment you can have. Wearing one while riding can save your life and help you avoid serious injuries.


ATV and OHV riders under the age of 18 may be required to wear an approved, securely fastened helmet at all times when riding. All helmets must meet the Department of Transportation standards in your state and display DOT approval. Helmets that are not DOT-approved are not appropriate headgear for ATV riding.


Whether through regulation or education all states provide information for how to operate your vehicle legally and safely. You may find information for the following best ATV riding practices:


●        Always wear appropriate safety gear when riding.

●        Ensure your ATV is properly registered in the state.

●        Always stay on designated trails. Stay off paved roads.

●        Obtain the landowner's permission before going onto private land.

●        Know before you go - contact the landowner or land management agency to find out about open ATV trails or routes.

●        Never, ever ride an ATV while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.


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