ATV Laws and Regulations

Laws & Regulations

All riders in Utah who are under the age of 16 are REQUIRED to complete an approved Utah OHV Safety Course, and carry the Utah ATV Safety Certificate with them while riding on public lands.

Other age restrictions in Utah

In addition to the required OHV safety certificate, all riders who are under 16 and who are riding on public lands must follow these restrictions:

  • The operator license must be carried at all times when operating any ATV or OHV on public lands.
  • No one under the age of 8 may operate an ATV on public lands in Utah.
  • Anyone over the age of 16 may operate an ATV if they have a valid state driver's license OR an approved OHV education certificate.

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 Utah, 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 Utah'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 Utah, please consult with the Utah State Parks at