Then you need to complete an approved ATV Safety Course before riding on designated public lands, designated riding areas, and public ice.
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All riders in Iowa who are ages 12 through 17 are REQUIRED to complete an approved ATV Safety Course, and carry the Iowa ATV Safety Certificate with them while riding on designated public lands, designated riding areas, and public ice.
All ATV riders should wear an approved helmet at ALL times when riding their ATV, regardless of their age or experience level. The majority of ATV riders who were killed while riding were not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. In Iowa, a helmet is MANDATORY when riding on the State's OHV parks. Helmets must bear the DOT or SNELL approval logos, and be securely fastened at all times when riding.
Before heading out on Iowa's ATV and OHV trails, please remember the following tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable ride:
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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 Iowa, please consult with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources at www.Iowadnr.gov.