State of Idaho
*** 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 Idaho under Title 49 - Motor Vehicles statutes of Idaho. These statutes cover use of off-highway vehicles on public and private lands.

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






Summary of legislation regulating ATV use
Helmet Required
All operators and riders of off-highway vehicles under the age of 18 are required to wear DOT approved helmets at all times while riding on public lands.



Titling Required
All residents of Idaho are required to title their off-highway vehicle.



Registration Required
All residents of Idaho are required to register their off-highway vehicle for operation on public lands.

Non-residents are required to possess valid registration for their off-highway vehicle with valid identifying decals or purchase Idaho OHV registration.
Highway Use Prohibited
Use of all-terrain vehicles and off-highway vehicles on public roadways and highways is prohibited unless specifically exempted.



Muffler and Spark Arrestor Required
It is unlawful to operate a off-highway vehicle without an adequate muffler system and U.S. Forestry Service approved spark arrestor.



Operation while intoxicated
It is unlawful to operate a off-highway vehicle while under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or any other intoxicating substances.




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OHV Registration / Permit
State law requires all Idaho residents to register their off-highway vehicles for operation on public lands. Registration can be obtained through the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation or OHV Registration Vendors. Existing registrations can also be renewed online.

Non-residents are required to possess valid out-of-state registration for their off-highway vehicle which includes an identifying decal or to purchase Idaho OHV Registration through the department of parks and recreation or an authorized vendor.
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 Idaho ATV/OHV regulations, please download a copy of the Idaho OHV Act.