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  • All riders (passengers and operator) must wear a helmet and eye protection while on state forest riding areas.
  • All ATVs must be titled and registered, renewing registration once every 3 years.
  • To operate an ATV on public lands, one must have a driver's license or motorcycle endorsement; the Department of Natural Resources may permit a person at least 12 to operate on Department land if accompanied by a parent.
  • No one under 16 may operate an ATV unless on land owned by a parent or accompanied by an adult 18 or older.
State Agency that Regulates ATVs: Department of Natural Resources. View their Web Site:
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State ATV Deaths
Total Reported Deaths (1982-2011):
*Data collection for 2008-2011
is ongoing
Reported Deaths (1982-2007): 279
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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