State of Rhode Island


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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.
Preamble

ATV's and other off-highway vehicles are regulated in the state of Rhode Island under Title 31 of Rhode Island statutes. These statutes cover use of off-highway vehicles on public and private lands.

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




Summary of legislation regulating ATV use

Titling required
All residents of Rhode Island are required to title their off-highway vehicles with the Rhode island Department of Environmental Management.



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

Non-residents are required to register their vehicles with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.
Helmet required
All operators and riders are required to wear DOT approved helmets at all times.



Restrictions on underage riders
No person under the age of 16 may cross a public roadway or highway while operating a off-highway vehicle.

Operators between the ages of 16 and 18 require a valid drivers license to cross public roadways and highways.
Operation on public roadways and highways prohibited
Operation of off-highway vehicles on public roadways or highways is prohibited except to cross. (See age restrictions)



Operation of off-highway vehicles on Rhode Island DEM lands prohibited
Operation on off-highway vehicles on public lands controlled by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is prohibited.



Restrictions on operation during times of darkness
Operation of off-highway vehicles from one half hour after sunset to one half hour before sunrise requires the use of headlights and taillights.



Muffler required
No off-highway vehicle may be operated without a working muffler system that adequately controls noise emissions and a working spark arrestor.




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OHV Registration / Permit
All residents of Rhode Island are required to Register their off-highway vehicle with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.

Non-residents are also required to register their off-highway vehicles with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.
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 Rhode Island ATV/OHV regulations, please download a copy of the Rhode Island OHV Act.