State of Nevada


*** 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 Nevada under Chapter 490 - Off-Highway Vehicles statutes of Nevada. These statutes cover use of off-highway vehicles on public and private lands.

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





Summary of legislation regulating ATV use


Titling required
All Nevada residents are required to title their off-highway vehicles.


Registration Required
Effective July 1, 2012 all Nevada Residents are required to register their off-highway vehicle for operation on public lands.

Effective July 1, 2012 all non-residents operating off-highway vehicles on public lands will require valid out-of-state registration with valid identifying decals or to purchase Nevada OHV registration.
Certificate of Operation for highway operation
A valid certificate of operation is required for all Nevada residents with off-road vehicles that are legal to operate on highways.



Operation on highways prohibited
It is unlawful to operate an off-highway vehicle on a public roadway unless the vehicle is registered, licensed and insured for highway operation. Roadways which are designated as off-highway vehicle routes are exempt.


Helmet required for highway operation
It is required to wear a DOT approved helmet while operating a licensed off-highway vehicle on public roadways and highways where permitted.


Operation in State Parks Restricted
Use of off-highway vehicles on state park lands is permitted only in areas specifically designated for ATV/OHV use.


General operation on public lands
A person may operate an off-highway vehicle on any public land, trail, way or unpaved county road unless prohibited by the governmental entity which has jurisdiction over the public land, trail, way or unpaved county road.




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OHV Registration / Permit
As of July 1, 2012 all Nevada residents are required to register their off-highway vehicles for operation on public lands. Registration can be obtained from the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles

As of July 1, 2012 all non-residents operating off-highway vehicles on public lands in Nevada are required to possess valid out-of-state registration with identifying decals or purchase Nevada 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 Nevada ATV/OHV regulations, please download a copy of the Nevada OHV Act.