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Tuesday, March 05 2019
Street Laws and Rules by State

Alabama - Not allowed on public roadways or highways

Alaska

  • Must be registered for theft purposes
  • May be driven on roadways and highways under the following circumstances:
  1. When crossing highway or bridge
  2. When driving outside roadway or on right hand shoulder in same direction
  3. When use of highway or roadway by motor vehicle is impossible due to snow or ice accumulation or posted otherwise

Arizona 

  • Must have decal and register as it is motor vehicle
  • Required equipment:
  1. Brakes
  2. Headlights
  3. Taillights
  4. Muffler
  5. DOT Helmet
  6. And safety flag when riding dunes

Arkansas

  • Must be registered and have decal
  • Required equipment:
  1. Muffler
  2. Headlights
  3. Taillights

California

  • Must be registered
  • Required equipment:
  1. Brakes
  2. Muffler
  3. Headlights
  4. Taillights
  5. Pollution control device

Colorado

  • Must have proof of ownership and registration
  • Must have decal sticker displayed
  • May be operated on public roadways under the following circumstances:
  1. To cross
  2. Suring emergency conditions
  3. Agricultural purposes
  • Required equipment:
  1. Headlights
  2. Taillights
  3. Brakes
  4. Muffler
  5. Spark arrestor

Connecticut

  • Must have registration in form of certificate or plate
  • Use on roadway to cross only
  • Must have motor vehicle license, brakes headlights, taillights and muffler

Delaware– Not to be operated on public streets or highways

District of Columbia – Not to be operated on any public property or parked in any public area

Florida– Not to be operated on public roads, streets, or highways

Georgia– Not to be operated on public land

Hawaii

  • Must have category 3 driver’s license
  • May be driven on streets of 2 or less lanes with max speed of 35 MPH
  • Must wear helmet
  • Must be operated in the hours of daylight

Idaho

  • Must have license plate with current registration sticker
  • Know specific legal routes (some roadways may be restricted)
  • Not to be operated on state or federal highways
  • Must carry license and insurance on roadways

Illinois– Not to be operated on streets or highways

Indiana

  • Must have license and registration
  • Not to be operated on public highways, streets, or parking lots other than to cross or when conventional vehicles cannot be used due to extreme conditions

Iowa

  • Must have registration decal and certificate
  • Comply with safety requirements
  • Valid drivers license (12 to 17 years old need to have passed ATV education contest)
  • Keep to 35 MPH or less on designated roadways

Kansas

  • Must have registration and title
  • Not allowed on federal or state highways
  • Not allowed on city streets
  • Operation permitted between sunrise to sunset unless equip with functioning headlights and taillights

Kentucky– Not allowed on public roadways or highways

Louisiana

  • Not permitted on highways or public roads, but may travel on the shoulder during hours of daylight, except for interstate highways shoulder
  • Registration required

Maine

  • Only allowed on roadways in extreme conditions
  • Must have registration and follow road rules

Maryland

  • Must display registration decal and carry title
  • Must have driver’s license
  • Required equipment:
  1. Headlights
  2. Taillights
  3. Braked
  4. Muffler
  5. Helmet
  6. Windshield

Massachusetts

  • Allowed operation on public roadways when posted
  • Persons under18 years old must complete safety course
  • Must have registration and license
  • Required equipment:
  1. Brakes
  2. Muffler
  3. Headlights
  4. Taillights

Michigan– Cannot be registered for off-road use

Minnesota

  • May be operated on specifically marked roads
  •  Registration required

Mississippi– No safety legislation

Missouri

  • Must have driver’s license
  • Permit for road use required

Montana

  • Must have valid driver’s license
  • Some roads open to UTV use
  • Must be equip with the following to be street legal:
  1. License plate and registration
  2. Headlights and taillights
  3. Brakes and brake lights
  4. Mirrors
  5. Turn signal kit

Nebraska

  • Road use is allowed outside corporate limits with class 0 operators license and insurance
  • May not exceed 30 MPH
  • Equipment required:
  1. Headlights
  2. Taillights
  3. Safety flag
  4. Brakes
  5. Muffler

Nevada

  • No highway use
  • Road use allowed only when motor vehicle use is impossible

New Hampshire – Operations on roadways only for crossing where designated

New Jersey

  • Registration required
  • Road use only when motor vehicle use is impossible

New Mexico

  • Allowed on authorized paved roads only
  • Registration decals required
  • Must have driver’s license, insurance, safety permit, and eye protection
  • Required equipment:
  1. Brakes
  2. Muffler
  3. Mirrors
  4. Headlights
  5. Taillights

New York– Not to be operated on any public property unless designated

North Carolina

  • Permitted on designated roadways
  • Must have:
  1. Eye protection
  2. Helmet
  3. Muffler
  4. Headlights
  5. Taillights

North Dakota

  • Must be registered
  • A paved highway posted with a speed limit not exceeding 55 miles per hour.
  • A licensed driver over 16 years of age may operate a registered Class III OHV on a paved highway designated and posted at a speed not exceeding 65 miles per hour (to operate on these highways, the class III OHV must be able to attain a speed of at least 30 MPH).
  • The highway right of way, the bottom of the ditch or along the outslope. It is illegal to operate on the shoulder or inside slope.
  • A gravel, dirt, or loose surface roadway.
  • Frozen waters where you have legal access (be careful of open water and thin ice).
  • An individual can operate an OHV on a roadway (paved or loose surface) only if it is equipped with the following equipment, all of which must be in working order:
  1. One headlamp
  2. One horn
  3. One taillamp
  4. Speedometer/odometer
  5. One brake light
  6. One mirror
  7. Motor with a minimum of 350 cubic centimeters

Ohio

  • Registration and annual plate renewal required
  • No highway use unless extreme conditions or to cross
  • Must be licensed driver
  • Required equipment:
  1. Headlight
  2. Taillight
  3. Brakes
  4. Muffle

Oklahoma

  • Must have title and registration
  • Persons under 18 years old must wear helmet
  • Allowed to ride on unpaved roads and crossing highway during hours of daylight

Oregon

  • May operate on any public highway not maintained for passenger car traffic
  • 16 years and older must have permit

Pennsylvania

  • Allowed on roadways where designated, during emergency conditions and when crossing
  • Must have title, registration, and insurance
  • Required equipment:
  1. Headlight
  2. Taillight
  3. Brakes
  4. Muffler

Rhode Island– Not to be driven on roadways

South Carolina

  • Operation during daylight hours
  • Required equipment:
  1. Muffler
  2. Brakes
  3. Spark arrestor
  4. Helmet
  5. Eye protection

South Dakota– Not to be operated on highway or street

Tennessee– Not to be operated on highway or street

Texas– Prohibited on roadways

Utah

  • Not to be operated on highway or interstate
  • Must have registration
  • Allowed on designated roadways during daylight
  • Required equipment:
  1. Brakes
  2. Muffler
  3. Headlights
  4. Taillights
  5. Spark arrestor
  6. Safety flag

Vermont– Not allowed unless otherwise stated

Virginia– May not be operated on any public property unless authorized

Washington

  • May operate upon public roadway
  • May operate on highway if permitted
  • May not exceed 35 MPH
  • No city driving
  • Must have metal tag, registration, and license

West Virginia

  • May not operate on roadways with more than 2 lanes
  • Operation during hours of daylight
  • May not exceed 25 MPH
  • Must have front and rear lights

Wisconsin– Prohibited on roadways

Wyoming– Prohibited on roadways

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