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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

Oregon law considers all vehicles intended for off-highway use to be all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). They are categorized into four classes:

  • Class I ATV - Quads, 3-wheelers
  • Class II - Jeeps, Sand rails, SUVs
  • Class III - Motorcycles
  • Class IV - Side x sides

Class I ATV Ė Quads, 3-wheelers

class 1 atv
  • Vehicles 50 inches wide or less
  • Dry weight of 1200 pounds or less
  • Uses handlebars for steering
  • Has a seat designed to be straddled
  • Travels on three or more pneumatic tires that are 6"or more in width and has wheels with a rim diameter 14" or less

Vehicle requirements

  • Class I ATV Sticker (Operating Permit)
  • USFS approved spark arrester
  • Muffler under 99db**
  • Foot pads
  • Headlights and taillights after dark

Operator requirements

  • Operators with a suspended or revoked driverís license may not operate any Class I, II, III, or IV ATV.
  • 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.
  • Operators and passengers under age 18 must wear a DOT-approved motorcycle helmet with the chin strap fastened.
  • All operators must possess a valid ATV Safety Education Card. Youth under age 16 must also have hands-on training.
  • A Class I operator under the age of 16 must meet all the following minimum physical size requirements 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 the operator is sitting and with feet on the pegs, the knee must be bent at least 45 degrees.

Grip Reach: While the operator is sitting upright on the quad with hands on the handlebars and not leaning forward, there must be a distinct angle between the upper arm and the forearm. Also, the operator must be able to turn the handlebars from lock to lock while maintaining grip on the handlebars and maintaining throttle and brake control. Disabled operators are allowed to use prosthetic devices.

Class II - Jeeps, Sand Rails, SUVs

Class II Jeeps
  • Weighs more than or is wider than a Class I ATV
  • Is not a Class IV ATV
  • Is actually being driven off road

Vehicle requirements

  • Class II ATV Sticker (Operating Permit)
  • An operating muffler and exhaust system under 99db,** which prevents sparks
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Roll bar or enclosed cab
  • Seats and seat belts for driver and all passengers
  • Windshield wipers (if equipped with a windshield)
  • Headlights and taillights
  • During fire season vehicle operators must have:
    • Shovel
    • Fire extinguisher

Operator requirements

  • Possess a valid driver license.
  • Operators and passengers under 18 must wear a DOT approved helmet with the chin strap fastened (unless in a registered, street legal vehicle).
  • Possess liability insurance on the vehicle (ref: ORS 806.012 & 806.020).
  • Safety restraints must be worn by all occupants under 16.

Class III - Motorcycles

Class III Motocycles
  • Vehicles riding on two tires

Vehicle requirements

  • Class III ATV Sticker (Operating Permit)
  • Operating muffler and exhaust system under 99db,* which prevents sparks
  • Foot pegs for rider and passenger
  • Headlights and taillights after dark

Operator requirements

  • Operators with a suspended or revoked driver license may not operate any class ATV.
  • All Class III operators must be 7 years old or older.
  • All youth operators under age 16 must be supervised by an adult.
  • Operators and passengers under age 18 must wear a DOT-approved motorcycle helmet with the chin strap fastened.
  • All operators must possess a valid ATV Safety Education Card.
  • Youth under age 16 must also have hands-on training.

Class IV - Side by sides

  • Vehicles riding on two tires

Vehicle requirements (ref: OAR 735-116-0000)

  • Class IV ATV Sticker (Operating Permit)
  • Operating muffler and exhaust system under 99db,** which prevents sparks
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Roll bar or enclosed cab
  • Seats and seat belts for driver and all passengers
  • Windshield wipers if equipped with a windshield
  • Headlights and tail lights after dark

Operator requirements

  • All Class IV operators must have a valid driver license with the exception of vehicles whose manufacturer recommendation allows for younger ages. Example: the Polaris RZR 170 manufacturer recommendation is for riders 10 years old and over. A youth 10 and older is allowed to operate this vehicle if that youth has been trained, has a valid ATV Safety Education Card, and properly fits the machine.
  • Safety restraints must be worn by all riders under 16.
  • Operators and passengers under age 18 must wear a DOT approved motorcycle helmet with the chin strap fastened.
  • All youth operators under age 16 must be supervised by an adult.
  • Rider Fit: A Class IV ATV operator under 16 years of age must meet all the following minimal physical size requirements in relationship to the vehicle:
    • Leg Length: While sitting in the normal operating position and the safety restraints securely fastened around the operator, the operator's feet must be able to fully operate all foot controls.
    • Arm Length: While sitting in the normal operating position and the safety restraints securely fastened around the operator, the operatorís hands must be able to fully operate all hand controls.
  • Safety restraints must be worn by all riders under 16.
  • Operators and passengers under age 18 must wear a DOT approved motorcycle helmet with the chin strap fastened.
  • All youth operators under age 16 must be supervised by an adult.

Go to http://www.rideatvoregon.org/ to take the Oregon online safety education course and aquire your ATV safety education card.

To find a hands on training near you go to: http://www.rideatvoregon.org/index.cfm?CBBED3A4BF5FC39BB7107B83711F9D8284412658DF67254F399F69FABF9AEC75.