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  • All ATVs must be registered except those used only on the owner’s private property. Registration is to be renewed every two years.
  • All operators using their ATVs on public lands must possess a safety training certificate from the Environmental Protection Commissioner.
  • ATV riders under age 18 must have completed a safety education course.
  • Youth ATVs may not be operated after dark.
  • No one may drive an ATV on paved roads and highways, except a licensed operator may cross these roads at a 90 degree angle only.
  • No one under 12 may operate an ATV on state-owned land.
  • Persons 12 to15 may not operate an ATV unless they have a safety training certificate and are under the direct supervision of an adult over 18 who has completed a safety training course.
State Agency that Regulates ATVs: Department of Environmental Protection. View their Web Site:
Training: Click here to learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you!
Legislation: To view Connecticut's state ATV laws, click here

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State ATV Deaths
Total Reported Deaths (1982-2011):
*Data collection for 2008-2011
is ongoing
Reported Deaths (1982-2007): 38
Reported Deaths (2008-2011):
*Data collection for 2008-2011
is ongoing
Reported Deaths (1982-2007):
Children under 16

"The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is providing the abovementioned information on state laws for your convenience. CPSC is expressing no opinion on any of these various requirements. To ensure full compliance with the laws in your state, CPSC recommends that ATV owners and riders check with their state government or legislative officials for a detailed list of off-road vehicle laws and regulations."

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