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Colorado OHV Permit & ATV Registration


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If you plan to enjoy Colorado’s off-road riding areas and trails, you’ll want to know the OHV permit requirements and ATV/UTV laws you’ll need to follow. 

All OHVs owned and operated in Colorado are required to display valid OHV registration stickers and use permit.

OHV vehicles include:

  • Dirt bikes.
  • ATVs.
  • UTVs.
  • SxS.
  • Three wheelers.
  • Buggies.
  • Off-road 4x4s and other plated vehicles when operated on public lands and OHV trails.

This page will provide you with the details on OHV stickers and ATV registration for Colorado residents and out-of-state visitors. 

For more information and other details regarding ATVs, UTVs, and other off-road vehicles and recreation areas, please visit: https://cpw.state.co.us/buyapply/Pages/RegistrationsOHV.aspx 

Colorado OHV Permit Requirements

ATV registration is required to ride on public lands in Colorado. 

OHV registrations are valid from April 1st through March 31st each year.

As a Colorado resident, you’ll need to have a valid OHV registration card and 2 OHV decals. 

To apply for a new OHV registration, you’ll need the following:

Applications can be submitted by mail, in person to your local CPW location, or through an authorized registration and permit vendor. 

The mailing address for OHV registration is: 

CPW Registration Unit

13787 US Hwy 85 N

Littleton, CO 80125

Your new decals will typically arrive within 10 to 20 business days. 

You can renew your OHV registration up to 45 days before March 31. You can renew your OHV stickers:

You can use your registration receipt as proof of registration until your new decals arrive. 

Where to Place CO OHV Decals

Your decals should be placed in a clearly visible space on both sides of your ATV or UTV. i.e. Each side of the front fenders or outsides of the external roll bars.

Street legal vehicles that will be operated off-road will need to get a Colorado OHV permit (see non-resident information below). 

Where to Buy an OHV Permit in Colorado?

Your OHV registration and decals can be purchased through Colorado Parks and Wildlife or an authorized vendor. 

Colorado OHV Permits for Non-Residents & Street Legal Vehicles

Non-resident that want to ride their out of state ATV must purchase a Colorado OHV permit. 

You can purchase a green OHV permit card:

OHV permit stickers can be purchased at CPW locations of authorized vendors. 

Colorado OHV Fees

Fees for your CO OHV registration are as follows:

  • Resident OHV registration and decals: $25.25.
  • Duplicate decals/registration documents: $5. 
  • Street-legal/Non-resident OHV permit: $25.25
  • OHV Permit sticker: $25.25. 

ATV & Off-Road Vehicle Laws in Colorado

Be sure to check the rules, regulations and fees for the Colorado off-road trails you plan on riding. Local laws and regulations may vary. 

Regardless of whether a particular state or trail requires it, ATV/UTV and dirt bike riders and passengers should always wear the proper safety equipment and helmets while riding. 

Never operate an off-road vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 

Failing to obey the off-road vehicle laws of Colorado and the local jurisdiction may result in tickets, fines, and penalties. 

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