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State of Illinois
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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 Illinois under Chapter 625 of the Illinois vehicle code. These statutes cover use of off-highway vehicles on public and private lands.
Summary of legislation regulating ATV use
Titling required
All residents of Illinois are required to title their off-highway vehicle.
OHV Public Access Permit required
All operators, residents and non-residents operating off-highway vehicles on public lands in Illinois are required to purchase a Illinois OHV Public Access Permit and display the decal on the vehicle at all times.
Operation on public roadways and highways prohibited
It is unlawful to operate off-highway vehicles on public roadways or highways except to cross such a roadway. In Illinois it is illegal to cross a 4 lane divided highway or Interstate with a off-highway vehicle.
Other prohibited uses
It is unlawful to operate a off-highway vehicle;
1) In a reckless or careless manner
2) In a wildlife preserve or tree nursery
3) On the tracks or right of way of any operating railway
4) On ice or the frozen surface of any public waters within 100 feet of another person
5) Within 100 feet of any dwelling from midnight to 6am
Operation on private property without permission prohibited
It is unlawful to operate a off-highway vehicle on private property without prior permission of the landowner.



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




OHV Registration / Permit
All operators, resident and non-residents are required to purchase a Illinois OHV Public Access Permit and display the decal on the vehicle at all times while riding on public lands or OHV designated trails. Permits can be purchased through a Illinois Department of Natural Resources office, or at a participating license vendor
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 Illinois ATV/OHV regulations, please download a copy of the Illinois OHV Act.



*** 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.


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