State of Indiana
*** 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 Indiana under Chapter 9,14 of Indiana statutes. These statutes cover use of off-highway vehicles on public and private lands.

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




Summary of legislation regulating ATV use
Titling required
All residents of Indiana are required to title their off-highway vehicle.



Registration required
All residents of Indiana are required to register their off-highway vehicle and display valid registration decals on the vehicle.

Non-residents are required to purchase Indiana OHV registration unless they possess valid out-of-state OHV registration, valid registration decals on the vehicle and the duration of operation in the state is 20 days or less. Out-of-state "permits" or certificates of title are not valid registration and no valid for use in Indiana.

Minimum age
No person under the age of 14 may operate a off-highway vehicle on public lands without direct supervision of an adult over the age of 18.



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



Other prohibitions
It is unlawful to operate a off-highway vehicle;

- In a reckless or careless manner, or at a speed greater than is reasonable for the conditions

- While under the influence of alcohol or a narcotic or other habit forming or dangerous depressant or stimulant drug.

- between the hours of 30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes before sunrise without a working headlight and taillight.

- In a forest nursery, a planting area, or public land posted or reasonably identified as an area of forest or plant reproduction and when growing stock may be damaged.

- On the frozen surface of public waters within:
    (A) one hundred (100) feet of an individual not in or upon a vehicle; or
    (B) one hundred (100) feet of a fishing shanty or shelter; except at a speed of not more than five (5)
         miles per hour.

- Unless the vehicle is equipped with a muffler in good working order and in constant operation to prevent excessive or unusual noise and annoying smoke.

- Within one hundred (100) feet of a dwelling between midnight and 6:00 a.m., except on the individual's own property or property under the individual's control or as an invited guest.

- On any property without the consent of the landowner or tenant.

- While transporting on or in the vehicle a firearm, unless the firearm is:
    (A) unloaded; and
    (B) securely encased or equipped with and made inoperative by a manufactured key locked trigger           housing mechanism.

- On or across a cemetery or burial ground.

- Within one hundred (100) feet of a slide, ski, or skating area, except for the purpose of servicing the area.

- On a railroad track or railroad right-of-way, except railroad personnel in the performance of duties.

- In or upon a flowing river, stream, or creek, except for the purpose of crossing by the shortest possible route, unless the river, stream, or creek is of sufficient water depth to permit movement by flotation of the vehicle at all times.




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

Non-residents are required to purchase Indiana OHV registration unless they possess valid out of state registration, valid registration decals and the duration of operation in the state are 20 days or less. Out-of-state "Permits" or Titling decals are not valid for use in Indiana which only recognizes true out-of-state OHV registration.
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 Indiana ATV/OHV regulations, please download a copy of the Indiana OHV Act.