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Buying and Selling an ORV

IC 9-17-1-1; IC 9-18.1-14-1

  • A person who buys an ORV must apply to the BMV within 45 days from the date of purchase to register the ORV.
  • After 45 days from the date of purchase, the ORV may not be operated until registered.
  • ORVs purchased or acquired on or after January 1, 2010, must be titled with the BMV.

Operating on Highways and Roads

IC 14-16-1-20

  • An ORV may be ridden on the public right-of-way adjacent to a public highway, except a limited-access highway, when there is sufficient width to do so without endangering life or property.
  • You may cross a public highway, other than a limited-access highway, at a 90-degree angle to get from one area to another. To do so, you must:
    • Bring your vehicle to a complete stop before crossing and…
    • Yield to all traffic.
  • Cities, towns, and counties have individual laws pertaining to ORVs. Check these before riding.
  • An ORV may be operated on a road or highway for a special event after obtaining a permit.

Youth Helmet Law

IC 9-18.1-14-11

A person under the age of 18 years old who is riding or operating an ORV is required to wear a helmet that meets the standards established by the United States Department of Transportation under 49 CFR 571.218.

Operating on Public Property

IC 14-16-1-27

  • An ORV may not be ridden on public property without the consent of the state or an agency of the state.
  • An ORV may not be ridden in a U.S. forest without the consent of the U.S. Forest Service.
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