New Mexico-Approved OHV Course
The New Mexico OHV Ed Course is approved and accepted by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.
What’s Included in an Approved Course
A wide variety of topics are included in this New Mexico course.
- The basics of safe ohv operation
- Responsibilities of off-road vehicle operators to others and the environment
- General information on preparing for the unexpected
The educational content in this course can help you enjoy off-roading safely and with less impact on the environment.
Terms for off-road vehicles vary from state to state. These common acronyms are used to refer to vehicles.
All-Terrain Vehicle. A type of OHV with low-pressure, knobby tires designed for riding on unpaved surfaces.
Off-Highway Motorcycle. A category of motorcycles equipped for certain off-road sports. These motorcycles may or may not be “street-legal.”
Off-Highway Vehicle. A two-, three-, or four-wheeled vehicle that has a motor and is designed for riding on unpaved surfaces. OHVs are also commonly known as ORVs.
Utility Terrain Vehicle. A type of OHV where the driver and a passenger can sit side-by-side in the vehicle. They are most commonly known as UTVs (Utility Terrain Vehicle, Utility Task Vehicle, or just Utility Vehicle) or Side-by-Side Vehicles. UTVs are not designed for use on paved surfaces.
New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
1 Wildlife Way
Santa Fe, NM 87507
Need help? Here are the answers to the questions New Mexico OHV students most frequently ask.Frequently Asked Questions