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  • All riders under 18 must wear a helmet with the chin strap fastened, except those operating on their own private property or for agricultural or forestry purposes.
  • An operating permit (ATV Sticker) is required for all ATVs used on state designated trails and riding areas.
  • The permit is to be renewed once every two years.
  • All youth under age 16 operating an ATV on public lands must be supervised by an adult who is at least 18 years old and holds a valid ATV Safety Education Card and can provide immediate assistance and direction to the children.
  • All Youth under age 16 on an ATV must meet Rider Fit rules.
  • All operators under 12 must be accompanied by someone at least 18 to cross a highway.
  • ATV use on highways is prohibited, unless one is crossing these roads, a particular road’s use for ATVs is permitted by the state, or the road is completely covered by snow and has been closed to traffic.
  • ATVs shall not be operated without a taillight and lighted headlight during times when limited visibility conditions exist.
State Agency that Regulates ATVs: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. View their Web Site:
Training: Online (required):
YearMandatory Safety Training Age
January 1, 2010Youth 15 and under and adults supervising youth
January 1, 201030 and under
January 1, 201140 and under
January 1, 201250 and under
January 1, 201360 and under
January 1, 2014All riders must have an ATV safety education card
Training: Hands-on required for youth under 16 starting January 1, 2012. Click here to learn how to enroll in an ATV safety training course near you!
Legislation: To view Oregon'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): 157
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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