State of Ohio


*** 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 Ohio under Title 45 of Ohio statutes. These statutes cover use of off-highway vehicles on public and private lands.

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




Summary of legislation regulating ATV use

Titling required
All residents of Ohio are required to title their off-highway vehicle.

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

Non-residents are required to purchase Ohio registration unless they possess valid out-of-state registration and decals from a state that state that recognizes Ohio registration.
Helmet required for operation in state forests
All riders (passengers and operator) must wear a helmet and eye protection while on state forest riding areas.



Minimum age
No person under the age of 12 may operate a off-highway vehicle on public lands.



Restrictions on underage operators
No person under the age of 16 my operate a off-highway vehicle on public lands unless under direct supervision of a parent or an adult over the age of 18.


Drivers license required
To operate an ATV on public lands, one must have a driver's license or motorcycle endorsement





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OHV Registration / Permit
Residents of Ohio are required to register their off-highway vehicle and display valid registration decals and license plate on the vehicle.

Non-residents are required to purchase a Ohio temporary registration unless they possess a valid out-of-state registration and decal from a state that Ohio recognizes for registration reciprocity. If your home state recognizes Ohio registration, then you are legal to ride in Ohio. Registration is available from the Ohio Bureau 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 Ohio ATV/OHV regulations, please download a copy of the Ohio OHV Act.