State of South Dakota

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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 South Dakota under Title 32-20 of South Dakota statutes. These statutes cover use of off-highway vehicles on public and private lands.

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

Summary of legislation regulating ATV use

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

Operation on public roadways prohibited
Operation on public roadways and highways is generally prohibited except to cross such roadways.

Certain four wheel off-highway vehicles which have NOT been designated by the manufacturer as for "off-highway use only" may be licensed for public roadway use provided that the vehicle meets all equipment requirements for motorcycles, the vehicle is registered for highway use, has a valid license and the operator has a valid drivers license.
No one under the age of 12 may operate off-highway vehicles in highway ditches.

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OHV Registration / Permit
South Dakota does not currently require off-highway vehicles to be registered, however it is recommended that non-residents possess valid registration and decals from their home state while operating on public lands.

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 South Dakota ATV/OHV regulations, please download a copy of the South Dakota OHV Act.