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Persons With Disabilities

Persons who meet certain criteria are permitted to operate licensed ORVs on forest roads that are on state lands and open to public vehicular travel (including those not posted as open to ORVs).

ORV privileges do not include traveling cross-country or operating in areas or on trails and roads specifically posted as closed to ORV or vehicle use or operating within state game, wildlife, or research areas; federal forest lands; state parks; state recreation areas; or Michigan trailways.

The criteria are:

  • Those persons with a valid temporary or permanent handicapped parking permit issued by the Secretary of State
  • Those persons holding Permits to Hunt From a Standing Vehicle
  • Those persons with a physician's certification for any of the following disabilities: loss of one or both legs or feet; inability to walk more than 200 feet without having to stop and rest; inability to walk without prolonged use of wheelchair, walker, crutches, braces, or other devices to aide in mobility; lung disease from which the person's expiratory volume for one second is less than one liter when measured by spirometry; lung disease from which the person's arterial oxygen is less than 60 mm/hg of room air at rest; cardiovascular disease from which the person measures between 3 and 4 on the heart classification scale; cardiovascular disease from which a marked limitation of physical activity causes fatigue, palpitation, dyspnea, or anginal pain; or other disease or disorder including, but not limited to, severe arthritis or neurological-orthopedic impairment that creates a severe mobility limitation
  • Those persons with obvious severe disabilities (i.e., paraplegics, quadriplegics)

To indicate the presence of a hunter who has a Permit to Hunt From a Standing Vehicle or a disability, an orange flag may be attached to the ORV. There is no size requirement for this flag.

Operation of the ORV is still subject to licensing and all other requirements and restrictions, and operation must be at a speed and in a manner that does not degrade the environment. These privileges may extend to one companion of the disabled person serving as an operator or passenger of the disabled person's ORV if the ORV is designed for passenger use.