State of Connecticut
*** 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 Connecticut under Titles 14, 23 of Connecticut statutes. These statutes cover use of off-highway vehicles on public and private lands.

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




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

Non-residents are required to register their off-highway vehicle unless they possess valid out-of-state registration and valid decals from a state that recognizes Connecticut registration. Currently only Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania and Florida have reciprocity agreements with Connecticut.

Safety certificate required
All operators of off-highway vehicles operating on public lands are required to possess a valid OHV Safety Certificate



Restrictions on underage operators
No person under the age of 12 may operate a off-highway vehicle on public lands.

Children age 12-15 operating off-highway vehicles on public lands require a valid OHV Safety Certificate and must be directly supervised by an adult over the age of 18, who also possesses a valid OHV safety certificate.
Children under the age of 16 may not operate off-highway vehicles on public lands after dark.



Operation on public roadways and highways prohibited
It is unlawful to operate a off-highway vehicle on a public roadway or highway except to cross.



Other prohibitions
It is unlawful to operate any off-highway vehicle;
1) That does not have an adequate muffler system or spark arrestor
2) In a reckless or careless manner that endangers other people or property or at an excessive rate
         of speed
3) Under the influence of any alcohol or drugs
4) In a manner that harasses or endangers any game or domesticated animal
5) On private property without prior permission of the landowner
     6) On any railway right of way




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OHV Registration / Permit
All Connecticut residents are required to register their off-highway vehicle and display valid decals on the vehicle. Registration is available at any Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles.

Non-residents are required to register their off-highway vehicle in Connecticut unless they possess valid out-of-state registration and decals from a state that recognizes Connecticut registration. Currently only Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania and Florida have reciprocity. Registration is available at any Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles.

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