ATV Laws and Regulations

Laws & Regulations

In Michigan, all riders under 16 years of age are required to complete an ORV Safety Course, and carry the Michigan ORV Safety Certificate with them at all times while riding on public lands.

Other Age Restrictions in Michigan

  • No one under the age of 16 may operate a three-wheeled ATV
  • No one under the age of 10 may operate an ORV except while performing farm work
  • No one under the age of 12 may cross a highway or street on an ATV

ATV Safety Gear Requirements

In Michigan, all ORV riders MUST wear an approved helmet and eye protection at ALL times when operating their ORV, regardless of age or experience level. A helmet is also mandatory for any passengers on the ORV.

Ride Safe and Legal!

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

  • Always wear appropriate safety gear when riding.
  • Ensure your ORV is properly registered and titled for the state of Michigan.
  • Always stay on designated trails. Stay off paved roads.
  • Obtain the landowner's permission before going on private land.
  • Know before you go – contact the land management agency to find out about open ATV trails or routes.
  • Never, ever ride an ORV 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 Michigan, please consult the Michigan DNR.