State of Arizona
*** NOTICE ***
This page includes a brief summary of provincial/state laws regulating ATV / Off-highway vehicle use current to April 2012. It is not intended as an absolute reference as laws are subject to change without notice and many potential prohibited acts may be covered by other legislation or statutes. It is recommended that you consult with the latest version of state statutes or provincial legislation.
General prohibited acts that may not be covered by specific OHV legislation include trespassing on private property, unlawful use of OHV on public highways, reckless use of off-highway vehicles, operation of off-highway vehicles while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, damage to public or private property or damage to natural habitats or protected areas which are all unlawful in every province and state.
Preamble
ATV's and other off-highway vehicles are regulated in Arizona under Title 28 of the Arizona statutes. These statutes cover use of off-highway vehicles on public and private lands.

For more information on Arizona ATV/OHV regulations, please download a copy of the Arizona OHV Act.




Summary of legislation regulating ATV use
Titling required
All residents of Arizona are required to title their off-highway vehicle and display a license plate on the vehicle.


OHV permit required
All residents of Arizona are required to possess a valid OHV permit and display the decal on the vehicle at all times.

Non-residents operating off-highway vehicles in Arizona must have valid out-of-state registration and display a registration decal on the vehicle. Non-residents are limited to 30 days of operation within Arizona while using out-of-state registration. All off-highway vehicles that are not registered or do not have a out-of-state registration decal or which will be operated in Arizona for a period of time longer than 30 will require a non-resident OHV permit.

Safety equipment required
The following equipment is required on all off-highway vehicles operating on public lands in Arizona.
1) Muffler system which prevents noise emissions above 96db.
2) USDA approved spark arrestor.
3) Adequate brakes, rear reflector, rear-view mirror and brake lights.
4) Working headlight, taillights for operation from dusk to dawn to dusk
5) Seats and footrests for the operator and rider if applicable.
6) Safety flag at least 6 by 12 and 8 feet above the ground on sand dunes or areas designated by the land management agency



Helmet required
All operators and riders under the age of 18 are required to wear DOT approved helmets.



Restrictions on passengers
No passengers are allowed on the ATV unless it is designed to carry more than one person.




General operation prohibitions
It is unlawful to operate a off-highway vehicle;
1) With reckless disregard for the safety of persons or property.
2) On closed roads, trails, routes and areas
3) Off of an existing road, trail or route in a manner that causes damage to wildlife habitat, riparian
         areas, cultural or natural resources, or property or improvements.
4) Over unimproved roads, trails, routes or areas unless driving on roads, trails, routes or areas is
         allowed by rule or regulation.
5) That causes damage to the environment as prohibited by rule, regulation, ordinance or code.
6) In a manner to chase or harass wildlife
7) While under the influence of drugs, alcohol or other intoxicating substances.

OHV travel is limited to roads, trails, routes or areas that are opened as indicated in rules or regulations by the land management agency.





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OHV Registration / Permit
All Arizona residents are required to possess valid OHV registration.

Non-residents operating off-highway vehicles in Arizona for periods less than 30 days are required to possess valid out-of-state registration and display valid registration decals. Residents operating off-highway vehicles in Arizona for a period greater than 30 days or where the vehicle does not have a valid registration decal are required to purchase an Arizona OHV Permit Permits are available through the Arizona Department of Motor Vehicles, online or from participating vendors.
For More Information
This page represents a general summary of applicable state laws which apply to the operation of an off-highway vehicle. Laws are subject to change and laws other than specific off-highway vehicle related laws may be in place which may directly or indirectly apply to the operation of a off-highway vehicle in certain circumstances. Please consult with your state statutes if you have any questions.

For more information on Arizona ATV/OHV regulations, please download a copy of the Arizona OHV Act.