New state OHV laws go into effect Jan. 1
Off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts are reminded that new laws affecting OHV use in Arizona go into effect Jan. 1, 2009. Here are some important facts that you need to know:
- Effective Jan. 1, 2009, you must annually purchase an off-highway vehicle decal (OHV Decal) for any off-highway vehicle you have that is designed by the manufacturer primarily for off-highway use AND weighs 1,800 pounds or less, in order to operate it in Arizona. This includes most all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), side-by-sides (utility vehicles), dirt bikes and some sand rails. The OHV Decal must be affixed to your OHV’s license plate.
- All OHVs must have an Arizona Certificate of Title and license plate prior to purchasing the OHV Decal. If the vehicle is not titled you will need to visit an Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) office or authorized third-party provider to obtain an Arizona Certificate of Title. If your vehicle is already titled and has a license plate, you can obtain the OHV Decal online at www.servicearizona.com beginning January 1, 2009. If you don’t ride regularly, by law you must have a title for your vehicle by July 1, 2009. For more information go online to www.azdot.gov/mvd.
- The OHV Decal can be purchased after Jan. 1, 2009 at www.servicearizona.com or after Jan. 2, 2009 by visiting MVD offices or authorized third-party providers during normal business hours. The decal is not available through the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The cost of the OHV Decal is $25. Revenues generated from the OHV Decal will help better manage Arizona’s rapidly growing OHV use, protect natural resources, and ensure sustainable OHV opportunities.
- The OHV Decal is an annual user fee that is not the same as “registration.” Registration refers to the process that is required if you want to legally ride your off-highway vehicle on improved and maintained roads and streets.
- Travel is limited to roads, trails and areas open by the land management agency for motorized vehicle use. Travel that causes damage to cultural or natural resources, or property or improvements, is prohibited.
- OHVs must have a muffler or noise dissipative device to limit sound to less than 96 decibels.
- Anyone under the age of 18 will be required to wear a properly fitted and fastened U.S. Department of Transportation approved helmet when riding any OHV.
For information on safe and responsible use, visit the Arizona Game and Fish Department at www.azgfd.gov/ohv.
For information on the OHV Decal, titling or registration, visit the Motor Vehicle Division at www.azdot.gov/mvd.
For information on where to ride in Arizona, visit the Arizona State Parks at www.azstateparks.gov/ohv.
For information on recreating on state land, visit the Arizona State Land Department at www.land.state.az.us.