State of Montana


*** 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 Montana under Title 23 of the Montana code. These statutes cover use of off-highway vehicles on public and private lands.

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



Summary of legislation regulating ATV use


Registration required
All residents of Montana are required to register their off-highway vehicle for operation on public lands. A identifying decal must be displayed on the vehicle.

Non-residents are required to purchase a Montana Non-Resident Temporary Use permit. The non-resident permit is valid for the calendar year as designated on the permit.
Operation within State Parks limited
Operation of off-highway vehicles within state parks and protected fishing areas is prohibited unless the area is designated as a off-highway vehicle use area.



Operation on public roadways prohibited
Operation of off-highway vehicles on or along public roadways and highways is prohibited unless the roadway is a designated off-highway vehicle use road.




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OHV Registration / Permit
State law requires all Montana residents to register their off-highway vehicle for operation on public lands. The registration is one time and an identifying decal is issued which must be displayed on the vehicle. Registration is available at the county treasurers office where the resident lives.

Non-residents operating off-highway vehicles on public lands must purchase a Montana Non-Resident OHV Permit Permits are valid for the remainder of the calendar year and may be purchased from the Montana Department of Fish and Game or from a licensed 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 Montana ATV/OHV regulations, please download a copy of the Montana OHV Act.