State of Mississippi

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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.

ATV's and other off-highway vehicles are regulated in the state of Mississippi under title 63 of Mississippi statutes. These statutes cover use of off-highway vehicles on public and private lands.

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

Summary of legislation regulating ATV use

Titling is available for off-highway vehicles
Owners of off-highway vehicles may title their vehicle if they choose, however no registration for such vehicles is currently available.

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

Minimum age in state parks
The minimum age for operation of off-highway vehicles within Mississippi state parks is 6.

Helmet required in state parks
Operators and riders MUST wear DOT approved helmets at all times while riding within Mississippi state parks.

Age restrictions in state parks
Operators under the age of 16 must be supervised by a parent or guardian or must have a parental consent form completed and turned into the state park office.

Restrictions while in state parks
Operation of off-highway vehicles within Mississippi state parks is restricted to areas or trails which are designated as OHV use areas. Off-highway vehicles are not permitted to be operated on utility right of ways

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

Please visit our U.S. land use forums for discussions regarding land use and legal issues.

OHV Registration / Permit
Currently, there are no off-highway vehicle registration requirements for operation on public lands in Mississippi, however it is recommended that non-residents possess valid out-of-state registration and 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 Mississippi ATV/OHV regulations, please download a copy of the Mississippi OHV Act.