Basic OHV Laws, Rules, and Requirements
Basic OHV Laws
- Wear Your Helmet -For riders and passengers under age 18, it’s the law, but we advise everyone to wear a helmet. It can save your life. Properly worn, a helmet won’t reduce vision or hearing, and helps cut out windblast.
- Youth, 8-15 years of age, must possess an OHV education certificate before operating an OHV on public land.
- Ride On Utah! -Ride only on designated routes and areas open to OHVs
- Ride on the right side of the road and in single file.
- Be alert to oncoming traffic, especially on blind curves or in dips and crests of hills.
- It is illegal to drive an OHV while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- A red or orange “whip flag” must be attached to OHVs when riding in sand dune areas.
- Lights must be used between sunset and sunrise.
- Be sure your brakes will control and stop your OHV.
- Mufflers with an approved spark arrestor are required on all OHVs (snowmobiles do not require spark arrestors).
Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) -Any snowmobile, all-terrain Type I vehicle, all-terrain Type II vehicle, or motorcycle.
All-Terrain Type I Vehicle (Type I ATV) -Any motor vehicle that is 52 inches or less in width, with an unladen dry weight of 1500 pounds or less. These vehicles travel on three or more low-pressure tires, have a seat designed to be straddled by the operator, and designed for or capable of travel over unimproved terrain.
All Terrain Type II Vehicle (Type II ATV) -Any motor vehicle other than a Type I ATV, snowmobile, or Motorcycle designed for or capable of travel over unimproved terrain. This does not include golf carts, any vehicle specifically designed to carry a disabled person, any vehicle not designed specifically for recreational use, or farm tractors. This does include go-carts, sand rails, dune buggies, etc.
Off Highway Motorcycle (OHM) -Every motor vehicle having a saddle for the use of the operator and designed to travel on no more than two tires.
Snowmobile -Any motor vehicle designed for travel on snow or ice and steered and supported in whole or in part by skis, belts, cleats, runners, or low-pressure tires.
There may come a time when you are involved in or witness an OHV related accident. If you are involved in or witness an OHV related accident:
- Do not put yourself in unnecessary danger, and always keep your own safety in mind.
- Notify Law Enforcement
- Treat those involved to the best of your ability
- Fill out an accident form
- Notify Volunteer Specialist
For more information on OHV Laws in Utah and street-legal requirements visit https://stateparks.utah.gov/activities/off-highway-vehicles/ohv-laws-rules/