New OHV Laws take effect Jan. 1, 2009

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December 4th, 2008

In less than a month, new laws governing the use of off-highway vehicles (OHVs) in Arizona will officially go into effect. ALL OHVs designed by the manufacturer for off-highway use and weighing 1,800 pounds or less will need to purchase the new OHV Decal from the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) beginning Jan. 1, 2009. The price of the OHV Decal has not yet been announced.

If your machine does not have registration or a title, then MVD suggests that you title your machine as soon as possible. You can get more information about getting your vehicle titled at (click on the “frequently asked questions” button on the left side of that page). Once you have your title you’ll be able to order your OHV Decal at on Jan.1 and be able to avoid long lines at an MVD office in early January.

The OHV Decal is NOT registration for your vehicle! It is considered a “user play, user pay” Arizona off-highway user fee. You will receive a break on your vehicle registration once you’ve purchased the OHV Decal, if your vehicle is considered “street legal.” However, that discount will not be realized until your registration comes up for renewal after Jan. 1, 2009.

If you are from out-of-state coming into Arizona, you can still operate here as long as you meet all of the following requirements:

  1. You are not a resident of Arizona.
  2. You own the vehicle.
  3. Your vehicle displays current registration or user indicia from your permanent state of residency.
  4. The vehicle is not in Arizona for more than 30 consecutive days.

If you come to Arizona from a state that does not register or title OHVs, you would be requested to get an Arizona title and purchase the OHV decal for legal use in Arizona.

For more information about the new OHV laws going into effect on Jan. 1, 2009, go online to

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