State of Florida
*** 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 Florida under Titles 18, 23 of Florida statutes. These statutes cover use of off-highway vehicles on public and private lands.

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



Summary of legislation regulating ATV use
Titling required
All residents of Florida are required to title their off-highway vehicle. A title decal will be issued and must be displayed on the vehicle.

Non-residents are not required to title their off-highway vehicle, however you must have proof of ownership, such as your out-of-state certificate of title or out-of-state registration decals on the vehicle.

Permit required
Florida does not currently require registration, however some areas of Florida, such as state forests and designated OHV parks and trails may require the purchase of a permit.



Minimum age
No person under the age of 6 may operate a off-highway vehicle on public lands.

No person under the age of 16 may operate a off-highway vehicle on public lands without direct supervision of an adult over the age of 18.

Safety certificate required
All operators under the age of 16 are required to pass the Florida OHV Certification before operating on public lands.

Non-resident children under the age of 16 are exempt, provided that the duration of operation in the state is 30 days or less. It is recommended that non-resident children hold a off-road safety certificate from their home state.

Helmet and eye protection required
All operators and riders under the age of 16 are required to wear DOT approved helmets, over the ankle footwear and adequate eye protection at all times.



Restrictions on carrying passengers
No operator may carry a passenger on a off-highway vehicle unless the vehicle is designed to carry a passenger.



Operation on public roadways prohibited
Operation of off-highway vehicles on public roadways or highways is prohibited.



Other prohibitions
It is unlawful to operate a off-highway vehicle under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicating substances.

It is unlawful to operate a off-highway vehicle in a reckless or careless manner or in a way that endangers the welfare of the operator or others.




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OHV Registration / Permit
Florida does not require registration of off-highway vehicles, however some areas of Florida, such as state forests and designated OHV parks and trails require permits. In most cases, permits can be purchased at the administration/forest office where you will be riding.

Non-residents are also required to have valid out-of-state registration, or certificates of title or other proof of ownership. It is recommended that non-residents have valid out-of-state registration decals on the vehicle.

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