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It's the Law!: Indiana Laws for Off-Road Vehicles

Except where noted, the laws below apply to all off-road vehicles (ORVs), which includes both all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and snowmobiles.

Registering Your ORV
IC-14-16-1-8; IC-14-16-1-9; IC-14-16-1-11; IC-14-16-1-11.5

  • If you operate an ORV on public property, it must be registered. The only exception is a vehicle that is properly registered in another state and operated by a resident of that state.
  • All ORVs purchased after December 31, 2003, must be registered.
  • Registration is $30 for three years.
  • Registration can be completed at all Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicle (BMV) license branches. Online registration is also available at MyBMV ( for ORVs that are properly titled or are not required to be titled, and for most snowmobiles.
  • Upon approval of the application, the DNR will issue two registration decals and a Certificate of Registration containing the vehicle number.
  • The pocket-sized Certificate of Registration must be carried on the vehicle and made available for inspection by law enforcement officers.
  • A bill of sale will serve in lieu of the Certificate of Registration for 31 days from the purchase date.
  • Registration decals must be attached to both sides of the forward half of the vehicle.
  • All decals must be maintained in a legible condition, and expired decals must be removed from the vehicle.
  • If your ORV is currently registered and you wish to renew, you may do so online.

Other Facts About Registration
IC-14-16-1-14; IC-14-16-1-15

  • The owner of a registered vehicle must notify the DNR within 15 days if:
    • The vehicle is destroyed or abandoned or...
    • The vehicle is sold, or an interest in the vehicle is transferred wholly or in part to another person or...
    • The owner’s address changes.
  • If a Certificate of Registration is lost, mutilated, or illegible, the owner of the vehicle may purchase a duplicate from the DNR for a fee.
  • A person may not operate a vehicle with an altered, defaced, or obliterated vehicle number.

Buying and Selling an ORV

  • A person who buys a registered ORV must apply within 15 days from the date of purchase to transfer the Certificate of Registration to his or her name.
  • If the application is not made within 15 days, the person may not operate the ORV until a certificate is issued.
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