State of Kentucky
*** 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 Kentucky under Title 16 of Kentucky statutes. These statutes cover use of off-highway vehicles on public and private lands.

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






Summary of legislation regulating ATV use


Helmets Required
All operators and riders are required to wear DOT approved helmets at all times.


Restrictions on underage operators
No person under the age of 12 may operate a off-highway vehicle over 70cc in engine size.

No person under the age of 16 may operate a off-highway vehicle over 90cc in engine size.

No person under the age of 16 may operate a off-highway vehicle without the direct supervision of a parent.



Operation on public roadways prohibited
Operation of off-highway vehicles on public roadways or highways is prohibited except to cross such roadways.


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




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OHV Registration / Permit
Kentucky does not currently require OHV registration however it is recommended that non-residents possess valid out-of-state registration and decals on the vehicle.

Certain OHV riding areas in Kentucky may require a local OHV permit to make use of the area.

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