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California

State Laws
  • All operators on public lands are required to wear a helmet at all times.
  • All ATVs are required to be titled and registered with the owner receiving a numbered plate for the ATV.
  • Registration is to be renewed once each year.
  • No one under 18 is to operate an ATV on public land unless they are in possession of a safety certificate or with an adult who possesses a safety certificate.
  • No one under 14 may operate an ATV on public land unless they are accompanied and directly supervised by a parent/guardian, or an adult who is authorized by the parent/guardian.
  • No one under 14 may operate an ATV on public land unless they or the adult directly supervising them possesses a safety certificate.
  • No passengers are allowed at any time while on public lands, except one passenger may be carried if the ATV is designed for a passenger.
  • ATVs may not be used on highways, except to cross these highways.
State Agency that Regulates ATVs: Department of Parks and Recreation. View their Web Site: http://ohv.parks.ca.gov
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State ATV Deaths
Total Reported Deaths (1982-2011):
*Data collection for 2008-2011
is ongoing
628
Reported Deaths (1982-2007): 504
Reported Deaths (2008-2011):
*Data collection for 2008-2011
is ongoing
124
Reported Deaths (1982-2007):
Children under 16
108

"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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