ATV Laws and Regulations

Laws & Regulations

All OHV and ATV operators in Idaho are encouraged to complete an OHV safety education course before operating on public lands, roads or trails. All riders in Idaho who are under the age of 16 must be under direct supervision of an adult when operating on non-local jurisdiction roads.

ATV Safety Gear Requirements

All ATV riders should wear an approved helmet at ALL times when riding their ATV, regardless of their age or experience level. In Idaho, a helmet is mandatory for all riders (operators AND passengers) under the age of 18. Helmets must have at least a "DOT Approved" safety rating for motorized use.

It is highly recommended that all riders also wear gloves, long sleeved shirt, long pants and over-the-ankle boots that are designed to offer added protection for ATV riders.

Ride Safe and Legal!

Before heading out on Idaho's ATV and OHV trails, please remember the following tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable ride:

  • Always wear appropriate safety gear when riding.
  • Ensure your ATV is properly registered in the state.
  • Always stay on designated trails. Stay off paved roads.
  • Obtain the landowner's permission before going onto private land.
  • Know before you go - contact the landowner or land management agency to find out about open ATV trails or routes.
  • Never, ever ride an ATV while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Important Note

The laws and regulations on this page are meant as a quick reference for ATV riders. It is your responsibility to know ALL ATV laws before heading out on the trails. For a complete list of ATV laws and regulations in Idaho, please consult with the Idaho Division of Parks and Recreation at