State of New Jersey



*** 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 New Jersey under Title 39 of New Jersey statutes. These statutes cover use of off-highway vehicles on public and private lands.

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





Summary of legislation regulating ATV use

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

Non-residents are required to purchase a New Jersey non-resident OHV registration unless they possess valid out-of-state registration and valid registration decals on the vehicle.
Liability insurance required
All operators of off-highway vehicles are required to possess valid liability insurance of no less than
$30 000.

 
Operation in state forests and parks prohibited
Operation of off-highway vehicles in state parks and state forests is prohibited. Operation on public lands is permitted only on public lands designated for use by off-highway vehicles.



Helmet required
All operators and riders of off-highway vehicles are required to wear DOT approved helmets at all times.




Safety training certificate required for underage operators
All operators under the age of 18 of off-highway vehicles operating on public lands is required to pass and hold a valid New Jersey ATV Safety Certificate.




Minimum age
No person under the age of 14 may operate a off-highway vehicle on public lands.

No person under the age of 16 may operate a off-highway vehicle on public lands that has an engine size greater than 90cc.
Operation on public roadways or highways prohibited
Operation of off-highway vehicles on public roadways or highways is prohibited except to cross such roadways.



Restriction on operation in times of darkness
No off-highway vehicle shall be operated without a lighted headlight and taillight from hour before sunset to hour after sunrise.




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OHV Registration / Permit
All residents of New Jersey are required to register their off-highway vehicles and display valid decals on the vehicle. Registration is available from the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission.

Non-residents of New Jersey are required to purchase non-resident OHV registration unless they possess valid out-of-state registration and valid registration 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 New Jersey ATV/OHV regulations, please download a copy of the New Jersey OHV Act.