State of Arkansas
*** 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 the state of Arkansas under Title 27 of Arkansas statutes. These statutes cover use of off-highway vehicles on public and private lands.

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




Summary of legislation regulating ATV use
Registration required
All residents of Arkansas are required to register their off-highway vehicles and display the registration decal on the vehicle.

Non-residents may be required to purchase a county OHV permit for use in the county or area where the vehicle will be operated.

Restrictions on night riding
No ATV shall be operated without a lighted headlight and taillight from ½ hour after sunset to ½ hour before sunrise.



Age restriction
A person under 12 may not operate an ATV without direct supervision of a person 18 years of age or older, or on a parent’s land, or with the permission of the land owner.



Operation on public roadways and highways prohibited
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.




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OHV Registration / Permit
All residents of Arkansas are required to register their off-highway vehicle and display the registration decal on the vehicle.

Non-residents may be required to purchase a county OHV permit for operation in the country on public lands. For more information, see the Arkansas OHV Info Sheet


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 Arkansas ATV/OHV regulations, please download a copy of the Arkansas OHV Act.