The Handbook of Iowa All-Terrain Vehicle, Off-Road Utility and Off-Road Motorcycle Regulations
The Official Off-roading Handbook of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources - Web Version
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Is Your Child Ready to Ride?
By Iowa law, a person under 12 years of age shall not operate an all-terrain vehicle, including an off-road motorcycle, on a designated riding area or designated riding trail or on ice unless one of the following applies:
- The person is taking a prescribed safety training course and operation is under the direct supervision of a certified all-terrain vehicle safety instructor.
- ATV and off-road motorcycle riders under the age of 12 must be under the direct supervision of an adult possessing a valid drivers license. Direct supervision means maintaining visual and verbal contact at all times.
In Iowa, a person 12 years of age or older but less than 18 years must obtain and possess a valid safety certificate.
To make an informed decision, parents must consider:
- Physical ability: Can your youngster sit comfortably on the ATV and reach the controls easily?
- Motor skills: Is your child's coordination adequate for the challenge of riding an ATV?
- Visual perception: Does your child have good depth perception, peripheral vision, and the ability to judge distances?
- Maturity: Will your youngster understand the risks involved in riding an ATV, make good decisions to avoid accidents, and drive responsibly?