The Handbook of Massachusetts Off-Highway Vehicle Laws
The Official Off-roading Handbook of the Massachusetts Environmental Police - Web Version
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Registering Your OHV
All OHVs operated on public or private property must be registered through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Those OHVs used exclusively for agricultural, forestry, lumbering, or construction purposes must apply for an exemption at MEP registration offices.
Registrations are valid for two years for residents and one year for nonresidents.
Massachusetts Resident Fee: $44.00/Non-Resident Fee: $33.00
Transfer of registration: $16.50
Duplicate decal: $5.50
Out-of-state OHV registrations are not valid in Massachusetts.
All newly acquired OHVs must be registered in person at one of our five registration offices or by mail. You will need to provide:
- Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin (if vehicle was purchased new)
- Bill of sale
- Proof of payment of sales tax (You can pay this 6.25% tax online at www.mass.gov/dor.)
- Vehicle identification number
- Required fee
- Properly completed and signed application form
Renewal and duplicate transactions are the only transactions that can be processed online at http://www.mass.gov/eea/grants-and-tech-assistance/enforcement/environmental-police/boat-ohv-and-snowmobile-registration-bureau/.
After receiving the appropriate documents and registration fee, the state will issue a registration number, an expiration decal, and a registration card containing the vehicle number.
For questions regarding OHV registration:
- Contact your local Massachusetts Environmental Police office.
- Call 617-626-1610.
- Visit the Registration Bureau website
Registration Numbers and Decal
It is illegal to operate unless in possession of the OHV registration decals and card.
The registration card must be carried on the vehicle and made available for inspection by law enforcement officers and property owners.
The registration number and expiration decal must be displayed as follows.
- Number must be painted or applied as a decal or sticker to both sides of the forward half of the OHV. On dirt bikes only, the registration number may be placed on the upper fork tubes, fuel tank, or front fender of the vehicle.
- Number must be clearly visible and not obstructed.
- Number must be at least three inches high and at least one-half inch wide.
- Number's color must contrast sharply with its background.
- Number must be maintained in a legible condition at all times.
- The expiration decal must be affixed to the registration number decal or sticker on the left side of the OHV. The left side is determined from the viewpoint of the operator when seated and facing forward.