Before an ORV may be operated on any property, the operator is responsible for ensuring that its riders have the required equipment.
All ORV operators and passengers must wear a U.S. Department of Transportation–approved crash helmet and protective eyewear or goggles, except when:
- The ORV is equipped with a roof that meets or exceeds the standards for a crash helmet and …
- The operator and passengers are wearing properly adjusted and fastened safety belts.
In 2012, Michigan passed a law giving some street-legal motorcycle operators the option of not wearing a helmet when operating on roadways. This law does not apply to ORVs, and helmets are still legally required to be worn by operators and passengers on ORVs.