The Official Iowa Off-roading Safety Handbook

Stay up to date with IA laws governing off-roading and safe operation with the off-roading handbook of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The Handbook of Iowa All-Terrain Vehicle, Off-Road Utility and Off-Road Motorcycle Regulations

ATV Basics

An ATV is not a toy. It’s a vehicle built primarily for off-road recreation. ATVs can provide hours of safe, enjoyable off-road riding. But ATVs also can be dangerous if you don’t understand your vehicle or know proper riding procedures.

Safe and Responsible

Safety on Iowa off-road areas is the responsibility of everyone. Use the handbook to familiarize yourself with the steps to make your 4-wheeler outings safe and enjoyable.

It’s the Law!

Iowa law enforcement officers enforce state ATV regulations to make your off-road experience safe and pleasant. Cooperate with them by following the state ATV laws and guidelines in this handbook.

Free Version

This Iowa Off-roading handbook is also available in free web and PDF versions.