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  • All ATVs must be registered and titled if used on public lands, except for those used solely for agricultural purposes.
  • All registered ATVs are to receive one numbered sticker; renewal is once every year.
  • No one under 12 can operate an ATV unless on private land.
  • No one under 18 can operate an ATV on public lands unless they possess a safety training certificate.
  • No passengers are allowed on the ATV unless it is designed to carry more than one person.
  • ATV use on highways is prohibited, except to cross these roads and for agricultural purposes and then only during daylight hours.
  • ATVs operated during hours of darkness shall have lighted head lamp and tail lamp.
State Agency that Regulates ATVs: Department of Natural Resources. View their website:
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State ATV Deaths
Total Reported Deaths (1982-2011):
*Data collection for 2008-2011
is ongoing
Reported Deaths (1982-2007): 114
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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