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All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV's)
Information on ATV use in Pennsylvania
All-Terrain Vehicles are defined as:
- Class 1 ATV ~~ A motorized off-highway vehicle, which travels on three or more inflatable tires and has a maximum width of 50 inches and a maximum dry weight of 800 pounds.
- Class 2 ATV ~~ A motorized off-highway vehicle, which travels on three or more inflatable tires and has a width which exceeds 50 inches or a dry weight which exceeds 800 pounds
No child under the age of 10 is allowed to
operate an ATV on public lands.
REGISTRATION, TITLING, & INSURANCE:
Who must register and title? ~~ All ATVs in Pennsylvania,
except ATVs used solely for business or agricultural purposes, need
to be registered and titled with DCNR. ATVs used in Pennsylvania must
be registered and titled with DCNR's Snowmobile/ATV Section. The ATV
registration and titling fees are NOT user fees for the privilege of
using trails on state-owned land. The fees provide funding to administer
the program, maintain trails on DCNR-managed parks and forests, and
provide grants to profit and non-profit organizations for developing
additional riding opportunities.
"Kids riding ATVs"
TWO TYPE OF REGISTRATIONS APPLY:
- For ATVs used anywhere off of your own property or
property leased by you, such as designated State Forest
- $20 fee every two years
- For ATVs used solely on your own land or land leased
- Free registration
- No expiration, unless ownership of vehicle changes
ATVs are not permitted on State Game Lands
except those used by disabled hunters.
Pennsylvania Registration is NOT Required for:
- ATVs used exclusively as utility vehicles for agricultural or
- ATVs owned by nonresidents covered by a valid registration in
their state, province or country that honors Pennsylvania
- ATVs owned and used by a federal, state or local government
- ATVs owned by a dealer who has been issued a dealer registration
certificate and used only in connection with the dealer's
"Riding ATVs in the Snow"
Titling is NOT required for:
- ATVs used exclusively as utility vehicles for agricultural or business operations;
- Snowmobiles bought or acquired prior to Oct. 23, 2001;
- ATVs owned and used by a federal, state or local government body;
- ATVs owned by a dealer before and until sale;
- ATVs owned by a nonresident;
- ATVs owned by a Pennsylvania resident, but registered and used in another state
The fines for failure to register your ATV
or abide by the rules can be costly.
PLATES & DECALS ~~ An ATV owner will be issued a
registration plate for the vehicle. An expiration sticker to be
affixed to the plate will be issued for standard registrations.
- Titling: $22.50
- Registration: $20.00, for a two-year period
- Limited Reg: Free
- Replacement of lost or damaged registration certificate,
limited registration certificate, registration decal,
registration plate or expiration sticker: $5
- Transfer of registration to a new machine by the same owner:
- Dealer registration: $25
How to register and title your ATV:
- If you purchase your vehicle at a registered dealer, you will
be issued a registration plate with a temporary 45-day
registration sticker. The dealer will handle your application
for title and registration.
- If you purchase your ATV privately you will need to supply
- Completed application for registration and titling
- Proof of Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
- PA sales tax or proof that tax has been paid
- Applications for registration and titling of ATVs
and snowmobiles are available from the Snowmobile/ATV
Registration Section, ATV and snowmobile dealers,
forest district offices, and State Park offices.
- Applications also are available at:
The registration and
titling application form must be completed and sent to:
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Snowmobile/ATV Registration Section
P.O. Box 8553, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8553
along with the registration and titling
fees and sales tax statement.
LIABILITY INSURANCE ~~ If you are using your ATV solely on
land owned or leased by you, you are not required to get liability
insurance. All other riders must carry liability insurance. Proof of
that insurance must be carried with you when you ride. There are no
minimum requirements or coverage standards established by DCNR or the
Snowmobile/ATV Law for the liability insurance.
Changes of Address ~~ You must notify DCNR's Snowmobile/ATV
Section in writing of any change of address within 15 days.
How to transfer title/ownership of your vehicle:
If you are transferring the title of your ATV to a new owner,
complete the assignment on the back of the certificate of title and
obtain notarization. The new owner must then apply for a new
certificate of title and registration in his/her name. DO NOT REMOVE
THE REGISTRATION DECAL OR PLATE FROM THE MACHINE.
Registration cannot be transferred from one owner to the next. If
you no longer need registration because you have disposed of your
vehicle in some way, complete the reverse side of your certificate of
registration indicating the disposition status, listing buyer's name
(if applicable), signing, dating and returning to DCNR within 15 days
You may request the remaining months of your current registration
be applied to a new registration of another vehicle that you have
acquired. The fee for this transaction is $5.
DO NOT REMOVE THE REGISTRATION DECAL OR
PLATE FROM THE MACHINE.
OPERATION OF YOUR ATV ~~ Operation on streets
and highways. ATVs may be operated only on streets and highways designated
and posted as an ATV road by the government agency having jurisdiction
over that road.
An ATV may make a direct crossing of a street or two-lane highway if:
- The crossing is made at an angle of approximately 90 degrees to the direction of the highway and at a place where no obstruction prevents a quick and safe crossing;
- The ATV is brought to a complete stop before crossing the highway;
- The driver yields the right-of-way to all oncoming traffic that constitutes an immediate hazard;
- The crossing of a divided highway is made at an intersection of that highway with another street or highway.
- ATVs may be operated on streets or highways during periods of emergency, if declared by the jurisdiction, or when necessary to cross a bridge or culvert
FAILURE to REGISTER YOUR ATV and
ENFORCEMENT in Pennsylvania ~~ read before you act!
ATV Safety and Training
State Forest Management
Places to Ride. Also visit
PA State Forests for a
complete listing of
ATV trails on State Forest lands.
For More Info for DCNR
All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Riding Information ~~ ATV
ownership is at an all time high in the Commonwealth. The
current ATV trail system has grown to 10 state forest trail
systems. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
provides a system of trails designated for use by all-terrain
vehicles within Pennsylvania's State Forests.
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Club members ~~ please submit additional
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