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  • All riders (operator and passengers) must wear a helmet and eye protection at all times.
  • All ATVs must be titled.
  • All ATVs must be registered unless used solely on an operator’s private land; renewal is once every year.
  • Children under 16 years old must have a safety training certificate and be under the direct visual supervision of an adult.
  • No one under 16 may operate a three-wheeled ATV.
  • No one under 10 may operate an ATV except while performing farm work.
  • No one under 12 may cross a highway or street on an ATV.
  • 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, although operators are permitted to drive on highway shoulders.
  • No ATV shall be operated without a lighted headlight and taillight from ˝ hour after sunset to ˝ hour before sunrise.
State Agency that Regulates ATVs:  Department of Natural Resources. View their Web Site:
Training: Click here to learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you!
Legislation: To view Michigan'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): 315
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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