State of New York


*** 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 York under Chapter 25, 33 of New York statutes. These statutes cover use of off-highway vehicles on public and private lands.

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




Summary of legislation regulating ATV use


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

Non-residents are to register their off-highway vehicles unless they possess valid out-of-state registration and valid decals on the vehicle.
Helmet 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 10 may operate a off-highway vehicle in New York state except under the supervision of an adult over the age of 18 or a person 16-17 who holds a ATV safety certificate.

Children between the ages of 10 and 15 may only operate off-highway vehicles on public lands under direct supervision of a parent OR if they are in possession of a New York ATV Safety Certificate
Restrictions on carrying passengers
No operator may carry a passenger on a off-highway vehicle unless the vehicle is designed to carry a passenger.


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


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



Operation on private land without permission of the landowner prohibited
It is unlawful to operate a off-highway vehicle on private land without prior permission of the landowner.






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OHV Registration / Permit
All residents of New York state are required to register their off-highway vehicle and display valid decals on the vehicle. Registration is available at any New York state Department of Motor Vehicles.

Non-residents are required to register their off-highway vehicle unless they possess valid out-of-state registration and valid decals on the vehicle. Registration is available at any New York state Department of Motor Vehicles.
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 York ATV/OHV regulations, please download a copy of the New York OHV Act.