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Street Legal ATVs: Required Equipment – States – FAQ

How To Make An ATV Street Legal

Required Equipment To Make An ATV Street Legal

  • Rear View Mirror
  • Side View Mirrors
  • Rear Facing Tag Holder (With Light) & Tag
  • A Horn Audible Up To 250 ft
  • Front And Rear Turn Signals
  • High And Low Beam Headlight
  • Tail Light
  • Brake Lights
  • Rear Reflectors
  • Windshield Or Suitable Eye Protection
  • Speedometer

Street Legal ATV kits

Additional Requirements To Ride On Public Roads

Insurance. If you are driving on state maintained roads then you will, more often than not, need insurance.

Vehicle Registration. License Plate. Sticker.

Valid Driver’s License. Whoever is driving needs to have a valid driver’s license. Motorcycle endorsements shouldn’t be needed but should be something you verify with your local DMV.

Safety Inspection/Emissions Test. Depending on the state where you live, your UTV or ATV may need to be able to pass a state safety inspection and possibly an emissions test as well.

Age Limits And Special Age Requirements. 

  • Examples may include:
    • Must be 16 years old to operate a street legal ATV
    • Helmets required for all street legal operators under 18 years old
    • Certified training certificates may be required

Examples Of Street Legal ATV Kits

You can easily find street legal kits available online. Here are a few examples:

Limits Of A Street Legal ATVs

Even with a street legal ATV, you will not be allowed on all roads.

Typically highways with high speed limits and/or cities with highly populated areas are off limits.

In most states, if a trail or road intersects a major road or highway where ATVs are not allowed, you are still allowed to directly cross the highway to access the trail on the other side.

Again, check your local DMV!

We are not lawyers, so please note that the information in this article should not be construed as legal advice. Please do your own due diligence.

States That Allow Street Legal ATVs

  • Arizona
  • Idaho
  • Michigan (ATVs no – UTVs yes)
  • Montana
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee (ATVs no – UTVs yes)
  • Utah
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming

Street Legal ATV Laws And Links


Arizona Street legal ATV License requirements
Arizona Game And Fish OHV Registration Requirements



In Michigan, ATVs and UTVs are allowed to be registered as street legal using “Assembled Vehicle” titling.


North Dakota

South Dakota

Tennessee (ATVs no – UTVs yes)

In Tennessee, ATVs are not allowed to be street legal. UTVs are allowed to be registered as street legal providing they meet certain classification standards.


Utah Street legal ATV Requirements
Legal Requirements Provided by Moab Protect And Preserve

West Virginia

On March 7, 2020, West Virginia passed a law that made ATVs street legal providing they are properly equipped.


Community Exceptions To State Laws

Many states that don’t allow for blanket street legal ATV use have exemptions that allow counties, towns and villages to make their own laws and rules regarding ATV use within their boundaries.

Some towns may be more lax while others will have limited routes through town to allow riders to reach gas, restaurants and lodging.

These rules usually come into play in communities that are on major trail systems.

This is a win win for towns and off roaders.

Many towns find that off road tourism can be an economic boon to otherwise struggling economies.

Examples of Community Street Legal ATVs In Non-Street Legal States

Featured Photo By Nenad Stojkovic | Flickr

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