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All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)

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This page provides information about all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). 
 
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Definitions
Class I ATV
ORS 801.190 defines a Class I all-terrain vehicle (ATV) as a: “motorized, off-highway recreational vehicle 50 inches or less in width with a dry weight of 1,200 pounds or less that travels on three or more pneumatic tires that are six inches or more in width and that are designed for use on wheels with a rim diameter of 14 inches or less, uses handlebars for steering, has a seat designed to be straddled for the operator; and is designed for or capable of cross-country travel on or immediately over land, water, sand, snow, ice, marsh, swampland or other natural terrain.”
 
Class II ATV
ORS 801.193 defines a Class II ATV as any motor vehicle that:
  1. Weighs more than or is wider than a Class I ATV (1,200 pounds);
  2. Is designed for or capable of cross-country travel on or immediately over land, water, sand, snow, ice, swampland or other natural terrain;
  3. Is actually being operated off a highway or is being operated on a highway for agricultural purposes under ORS 821.191; and
  4. Is not a Class IV all-terrain vehicle.
Class III ATV
ORS 801.194 defines a Class III ATV as “a motorcycle that travels on two tires and that is actually being operated off highway.”
 
Note: Class III ATVs (“dirt bikes”) may or may not have been manufactured or equipped for highway use. To legally operate a dirt bike or similar vehicle on the public roads of Oregon, the vehicle must meet Federal highway safety and equipment requirements, Federal EPA requirements, and insurance requirements. See Imported Motorcycle and Moped Requirements, and Converting an Off-Road Motorcycle for Street Use.
 
Class IV ATV
ORS 801.194 defines a Class IV all-terrain vehicle as any motorized vehicle that:
  1. Travels on four or more pneumatic tires that are six inches or more in width and that are designed for use wheels with a rim diameter of 14 inches or less;
  2. Is designed for or capable of cross-country travel on or immediately over land, water, sand, snow, ice, marsh, swampland or other natural terrain;
  3. Has non-straddle seating;
  4. Has a steering wheel for steering control;
  5. Has a dry weight of 1,800 pounds or less; and
  6. Is 65 inches wide or less at its widest point.
Title & Registration
DMV does not issue any permits or other type of registration for all-terrain vehicles, or other vehicles not manufactured for use on public roads except snowmobiles. 
 
For permits and riding information, see Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Even though you do not get your ATV operating permits from DMV, you may still get a title for your ATV from DMV, although Oregon law does not require the title. 
 
To get a title only for your ATV:
License Plates
DMV does not issue any license plates for all-terrain vehicles, or other vehicles not manufactured for use on public roads. 

Related Information
Additional information that may be relevant includes: