District of Columbia
*** 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
The District of Columbia does not currently have any regulations specifically covering off-highway vehicle use.

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




Summary of legislation regulating ATV use
Operation on public roadways prohibited
It is unlawful to operate an ATV or any off highway vehicle that does not meet federal safety or federal emissions standards on pubic roadways or highways.



Operation on private property without permission prohibited
It is unlawful to operate an off-highway vehicle on private property without prior permission of the landowner.




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OHV Registration / Permit
The District of Columbia does not currently require registration of off-highway vehicles. Non-residents are recommended to possess valid out-of-state registration and decals.



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