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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Oregon / Washington

ATV Equipment, Registration, and License Requirements

Required to Ride

ATV Operating Requirements Oregon Statutes consider all vehicles intended for off-highway use to be all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). They are broken into the following three classes:

  • Class I ATV – quads, 3-wheelers
  • Class II - Jeeps, Sand rails, SU VS, Side x Sides, etc
  • Class III Motorcycles

Class I ATV – quads, 3-wheelers

class 1 atv
  • Vehicles 50 inches wide or less, and
  • Dry weight of 1200 pounds or less
  • Has a saddle or seat
  • Travels on 3 or more tires
  • Uses handlebars for steering

Vehicle must have

  • ATV Sticker (Operating Permit)
  • USFS approved spark arrestor
  • Muffler under 99db*

Operator requirements

  • Operators with a suspended or revoked driver’s license may not operate any class ATV.
  • All youth under age 16 must hold a valid ATV Safety Education Card.
  • All youth under age 16 operating an ATV on public lands must be supervised by an adult who is at least 18 years old and holds a valid ATV Safety Education Card and can provide immediate assistance and direction to the children.
  • Youth and any passengers under age 18 must wear a DOT approved helmet with the chin strap fastened.
  • All youth under age 16 must meet all the following minimum physical size requirements (Rider Fit) in relationship to the vehicle
Brake Reach

Brake reach

Brake Reach: With hands placed in the normal operating position and fingers straight out, the first joint (from the tip) of the middle finger will extend beyond the brake lever and clutch.

Leg Length

Leg length & grip reach

Leg Length: While sitting and with their feet on the pegs, the knee must be bent at least 45 degrees.

Grip Reach: While sitting upright on the quad with hands on the handle bars and not leaning forward, there must be a distinct angle between the upper arm and the forearm

Handle Bar turning Reach

Handle bar turning reach

The rider must be able to turn the handle bars from lock to lock while maintaining grip on the handle bars and maintaining throttle and brake control.

** Disabled riders are allowed to use prosthetic devices or modified or adaptive equipment to achieve rider fit

Class II - Jeeps, Sand rails, SUVS, Side x Sides, etc

Class II Jeeps

Vehicle must have

  • ATV Sticker
  • Operating muffler and exhaust system under
  • 99db, which prevents sparks
  • Fire extinguisher
  • During fire season vehicle operators must have:
    • Shovel
    • Fire extinguisher or one gallon of water

Operator requirements

  • A valid driver’s license.
  • Beginning January 1, 2010, youth under 18 must wear a DOT approved helmet with the chin strap fastened (unless vehicle is registered and has a roof or roll bar).
  • Meet the safety equipment standards for off road vehicles.
  • Check with law enforcement officials in the area you wish to ride for any special requirements.
  • Liability insurance* is required by law for all Class II vehicles (ref: ORS 806.012 & 806.020). Contact your insurance company for more information. (*A vehicle Title is often required to finance or insure any Class of ATV. Contact the Department of Motor Vehicles for vehicle Titling information.)

Class III - Motorcycles

Class III Motocycles

Vehicle must have

  • Class III ATV Sticker (Operating Permit)
  • USFS approved spark arrestor
  • Muffler under 99db*

Operator requirements

  • Operators with a suspended or revoked drivers license may not operate any class ATV
  • Must be at least 7 years of age
  • All youth under age 16 must hold a valid ATV Safety Education Card.
  • All youth under age 16 operating Class III ATV on public lands must be supervised by an adult who is at least 18 years old and holds a valid ATV Safety Education Card and can provide immediate assistance and direction to the children.
  • Youth and any passengers under age 18 must wear a DOT approved helmet with the chin strap fastened.