Frequently Asked Questions


Q. What is the New Mexico OHV Safety Certificate?

A. The OHV Safety Certificate is proof that you have successfully completed an ATV Safety Course that is approved by the New Mexico Department of Fish & Game.

Q. Who needs the New Mexico OHV Safety Certificate?

A. An OHV Safety Certificate is required for all ATV riders in New Mexico who are under the age of 18 while riding on public land. Note - there may be additional restrictions for riders under 18. To learn more, visit the New Mexico ATV Laws & Regulations page.

Q. What is the advantage of taking the online ATV Safety Course?

A. With the online ATV Safety Course, you will learn all about ATV Safety from the comfort of your own home! Study the narrated, interactive online course, then take the visual ATV safety exam to get certified.

Q. How many images and animations are in the ATV Safety Course?

A. The online study guide contains approximately 200 detailed illustrations, and over 30 interactive exercises that cover every aspect of ATV Safety, from the parts of an ATV to safety gear to basic outdoor survival techniques.

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Q. How exactly do I complete the online ATV course to get my OHV Safety Certificate?

A. You can obtain your New Mexico OHV Safety Certificate in 4 easy steps:

  1. Study the Online ATV Safety Course
  2. Successfully pass each End of Chapter Quiz
  3. Successfully pass the ATV Safety Final Exam
  4. Obtain your OHV Safety Certificate (print a temp card right away and get your permanent card in the mail!)

Q. What is the passing grade for the course?

A. You must achieve a grade of 80% (8/10) or higher to pass each chapter quiz. Then you must also achieve a grade of 80% (48/60) or higher to pass the final exam.

Q. What happens if I fail a chapter quiz or the final ATV Safety Exam?

A. No problem! You're here to learn! Simply review your answers and try the quiz or exam again. There are no penalties if you fail, and you can retry at any time. Note, however, that quizzes and final exams are generated at random. When you retry the quiz/exam, you will never see the same exact questions.

Q. How much does the online ATV Safety Course Cost?

A. The one-time course fee is $29.95. The fee includes unlimited attempts at the final exam, as well as printing and shipping of your permanent New Mexico ATV Safety Certificate.

Q. Can I take the ATV Safety Course any time? Day or Night?

A. Absolutely! You can take the ATV Safety Course AND ATV Certification exam at any time of the day!

Q. Once I'm done with this online course, do I need to take hands-on ATV Training?

A. No. Although hands-on ATV Safety Training is a good idea for all new riders, you are not required to take formal ATV Training in order to obtain your OHV Safety Certificate OR ride on New Mexico's Public Roads.

Q. What are the technical requirements to take the online ATV Safety Course?

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