State of Oklahoma
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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.

ATV's and other off-highway vehicles are regulated in the state of Oklahoma under Chapter 47 of the Oklahoma statutes. These statutes cover use of off-highway vehicles on public and private lands.

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

Summary of legislation regulating ATV use

Registration required for residents
All residents of Oklahoma purchasing new off-road vehicles after July 1, 2005 are required to title and register their vehicle through the Oklahoma Tax Commission.

Helmet required
All operators and riders under the age of 18 are required to wear DOT approved helmets when operating off-highway vehicles.

Carrying of passengers restricted
It is unlawful for the operator of a off-highway vehicle to carry a passenger unless the vehicle in designed to carry passengers.

Operation on public roadways or highways prohibited
It is unlawful to operate a off-highway vehicle on a public roadway or highway except to cross such a roadway. An operator crossing such a roadway requires a valid drivers license.

Operation of off highway vehicles on unpaved roadways controlled by the U.S. Forest Service or Department of Agriculture is permitted provided the roadway is not closed or restricted to the use of such vehicles.

Please visit our U.S. land use forums for discussions regarding land use and legal issues.

OHV Registration / Permit
State law requires residents purchasing new off-highway vehicles after July 1, 2005 to title and register their vehicle.

There is currently no non-resident OHV permit available or required for operation on public lands in Oklahoma, however it is recommended that the non-resident possess valid registration and decals from their home state 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 Oklahoma ATV/OHV regulations, please download a copy of the Oklahoma OHV Act.