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Idaho ATV Registration & OHV Permits


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If you plan to enjoy Idaho’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. 

This page will provide you with the details on OHV stickers and ATV registration for Idaho 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://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/

Idaho ATV Registration Requirements & ORV Stickers

Title and registration is required for your ATV in Idaho. Liability insurance is also required in certain riding areas. 

First, you’ll need to get a title for your ATV through your local county Motor Vehicle Office. To do so, you’ll need:

  • Proof of ownership. 
  • Bill of Sale. 
  • A title application. 
  • Payment for the title fees and taxes. 

Next, you’ll need to register your ATV through the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR). 

You can get an IDPR OHV permit online, in person, over the phone, and at authorized vendors throughout the state. 

To use the online system, you’ll need to create an account: https://idahostateparks.reserveamerica.com/home.page 

OHV stickers allow you to ride where ATVs are permitted to ride within Idaho including:

  • OHV riding areas. 
  • Cross-country areas. 
  • OHV trails. 
  • Motocross tracks. 
  • Sand dunes. 
  • State and federal lands, where permitted.

OHV stickers should be placed on the rear fender of your ATV where it is clearly visible. 

Permits are valid for 1 year. 

Where to Buy an OHV Permit in Idaho?

You can purchase your OHV permit:

Idaho OHV Permits for Non-Residents

Out-of-state visitors are required to purchase a OHV permit in order to ride in Idaho. 

These permits are valid from Jan 1 to Dec 31 each year.

ATV & Off-Road Vehicle Laws in Idaho

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

Riders under 18 years old are required to wear a helmet. 

Other riding requirements vary by where you plan to ride. 

On designated OHV trails, you’ll need:

  • A valid IDPR OHV registration. 
  • A DOT-approved helmet if you are under 18 years old. 
  • Approved muffler and spark arrestor. 

On State and Federal lands, you’ll need:

  • A valid driver’s license or OHV Education certificate. 
  • To be supervised by a licensed adult if under 16 years old. 
  • A valid insurance policy. 
  • A valid IDPR registration. 
  • A DOT-approved helmet if you are under 18 years old. 
  • Approved muffler and spark arrestor. 

In order to ride in approved areas control by local city and county jurisdictions, you’ll need:

  • A valid special vehicle license plate. 
  • A valid IDPR OHV permit. 
  • Liability insurance. 
  • A DOT-approved helmet if you are under 18 years old. 
  • Approved muffler and spark arrestor.
  • Brake lights. 
  • Headlight and tail light. 
  • Horn. 
  • Rearview mirror.

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 Idaho and the local jurisdiction may result in tickets, fines, and penalties. 

Check out some of these other great ATV/UTV and dirt bike resources from MotorcycleZombies.com:

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