Check here for information regarding off-highway vehicle rules and regulations. Please look up your state to see if you need any permits for riding in Utah.
No one under eight years of age is allowed to operate any OHV on public lands, roads or trails in Utah. Operators eight through 15 years of age may operate an OHV provided they possess an Education Certificate issued by Utah State Parks and Recreation or equivalent from their home state. Resident operators 16 years of age or older may operate an OHV if they possess either a valid driver’s license or an OHV Education Certificate.
Education Certificates are issued to anyone eight years of age or older who completes Utah State Parks and Recreation’s Know Before You GO! OHV education course. Education Certificates are issued for snowmobiles, ATVs, and motorcycles. For information on this training opportunity, contact the OHV Education Office at 801-538-7433 within the Salt Lake City area or toll-free at 801-538-7433.
Any OHV being operated or transported on public lands, roads or trails of the state of Utah must display a current OHV registration sticker. Dual sport off-highway motorcycles may be registered as street legal vehicles if they possess the proper safety equipment, have passed a state safety inspection, and carry the proper insurance, or they may be registered as off-highway vehicles. All OHV registrations are handled by the Utah Division of Motor Vehicles.
Owners of ATVs, off-highway motorcycles, or snowmobiles brought into Utah by non-residents must obtain a non-resident permit for their machine. Non-resident permits cost $30 and are good for one year from the month of purchase. Some states offer reciprocity, meaning there is a mutual agreement between states not to charge non-residents fees.
The State of Utah has a reciprocity agreement with several other states. This reciprocity agreement allows residents of those states to ride currently registered OHVs in the state of Utah without having to purchase our ‘Non-Resident Permit’. This reciprocity also allows Utah residents the same privilege in those states. Many states do not have this reciprocity agreement with Utah;
The following is a list of states that do not have a reciprocity agreement with Utah. If your state is listed below, you MUST purchase our ‘Non-Resident Permit’.
Connecticut (atv only)
Note: This list is updated frequently by the state of Utah.
Permits are available in person at authorized vendor locations throughout the state of Utah. The following authorized vendors are located in Moab:
Moab Information Center
Main & Center Street
Dead Horse Point State Park
SR 313 (off us 191)
Elite Motorcycle Tours
1310 Murphy Ln
Maverik Country Store
435 N Main
Maverik Country Store
985 S Hwy 191
When applying in person, you will need the following:
1. Proof of residency: driver’s license or other state issued identification.
2. Proof of ownership
Revenues generated from OHV user fees are dedicated to construction, improvement, operation and maintenance of OHV trails.
For assistance with questions concerning OHV’s, along with online registation forms, visit:
Utah State Parks and Recreation
1594 West North Temple, Ste 116
All OHVs are required to have certain equipment in working order while being operated in Utah, including:
* Brakes sufficient to stop and hold the machine
* A headlight and taillight while being operated between sunset and sunrise
* A brightly colored whip flag attached to the OHV and at least eight feet off the ground while being operated on designated sand dune areas
* A muffler and spark arrestor (snowmobiles are exempt from the spark arrestor requirement).
Properly fastened helmet, having at least a “DOT Approved” safety rating for motorized use are required for all OHV operators and passengers under the age of 18 years. A properly fitting, safety rated helmet is the most important piece of safety gear available to an OHV rider.
By following a few simple rules, OHV riders can make certain that every trip is a safe and enjoyable experience.
* Always ride in control. Ride within your abilities and your machine’s capabilities. Never attempt anything that is beyond your skill level.
* Always wear the appropriate safety gear. At a minimum, this should include a helmet, shatter resistant eye protection, long sleeves, long pants, gloves, and boots that cover the ankle.
* Only carry passengers if your OHV is specifically designed to do so. ATVs and off-road motorcycles are designed to be ridden by only one rider. Carrying passengers can alter the balance of the machine, causing a loss of control.
* Riders under the age of 16 should be supervised by a responsible adult at all times.
* Riders should be able to straddle the machine with a slight bend to the knees while both feet are on the footrests. Riding a machine that is too big is a major cause of injuries to young riders.
* Always tell someone where you are going and when you will return. Provide them with a map of your intended riding area.
* Be prepared for any emergency. Always carry a tool kit and spare parts, a first aid kit, and survival equipment when you ride. Carry plenty of extra food, water and fuel.
* Check the weather forecast before leaving home. For winter riders, always check the avalanche forecast before venturing into the back country. Avalanche information is available from
the Avalanche Forecast Center at (801) 364-1581.
* Never, ever drink and ride. Alcohol and OHVs don’t mix, but create a deadly and illegal combination.