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In this article, we will explore the street-legal laws for ATVs and UTVs in the state of North Dakota. North Dakota has specific regulations regarding the use of ATVs and UTVs on public roads. It is important for ATV and UTV owners to understand these laws to ensure they are operating their vehicles legally and safely.
1. Can I register my ATV or UTV as street-legal in North Dakota?
No, you cannot register your ATV or UTV as street-legal in North Dakota. This means they cannot be legally operated on public roads and highways.
ATVs and UTVs are permitted for use as offroad vehicles in North Dakota, and there are some exceptions to the street legal policy at the county or city level, or under special circumstances outlined below.
2. Why does North Dakota not allow ATVs or UTVs to register as street-legal?
ATVs and UTVs cannot be registered as street-legal in North Dakota because these vehicles are not designed for highway use and are not qualified as road capable.
3. Where can I legally ride my ATV or UTV in North Dakota?
In North Dakota, there are designated off-road vehicle areas in North Dakota where you may enjoy riding your ATV or UTV. You may check out North Dakota Tourism website here to know more. https://www.ndtourism.com/articles/find-atv-and-road-adventures-north-dakota
While ATVs and UTVs are generally prohibited for use on public roads and highways, the state of North Dakota has provided for a few exemptions to this rule as follows:
- A registered off-highway vehicle may be driven on a gravel, dirt, or loose surface roadway.
- An individual may operate a registered off-highway vehicle at a speed not exceeding fifty-five miles [88.51 kilometers] per hour on a paved highway marked and signed.
- A licensed driver over the age of sixteen may operate a registered class III off-highway vehicle at a speed not exceeding sixty-five miles [104.61 kilometers] per hour on a paved highway marked and signed.
It is important to note that cities, villages, or counties may adopt ordinances to allow the operation of ATVs and UTVs within their corporate limits, and as such, on-road use of ATVs and UTVs in North Dakota varies per jurisdiction (by county or city for example). Thus, it is advised that you contact the local motor vehicle licensing agency in the cities/counties you plan on taking your ATV or UTV to.
4. If I register my ATV or UTV in another state, can I drive it on North Dakota roads? (Registration Reciprocity)
Yes, if your ATV or UTV is properly registered as street-legal in another state, you may drive it on North Dakota roads because the state honors Registration Reciprocity.
Each state has its own specific laws and regulations regarding the registration and operation of ATVs and UTVs. Therefore, even if your vehicle is registered as street-legal in another state, it does not exempt you from North Dakota’s laws and restrictions. Always check with your local motor vehicle licensing office for accurate information on the regulations relating to the use of ATVs and UTVS in public roads under their jurisdiction. Click here to view ATV & UTV laws in other states.
5. How can I make my ATV (or UTV) street legal in North Dakota?
Generally speaking, you cannot make your ATV or UTV street legal in North Dakota as the state’s legal code does not allow for this, but if your ATV or UTV is registered as street-legal in another state, then you may drive it on North Dakota roads as the state of North Dakota honors Registration Reciprocity.
However, if you would like the opportunity to be able to register your ATV or UTV as street-legal and ride it on public roads and highways in states that will allow it, we have partnered with Dirtlegal.com. These guys can help get your ATV or UTV to register as street-legal in most states by registering it in another state that does allow street legal UTVs and ATVs, via “registration reciprocity” between the states.
In North Dakota, ATVs and UTVs are not eligible for street-legal registration and, generally, operating them on public roads is unlawful. This regulation, however, varies per city or county as these local political subdivisions are allowed to establish their own rules and regulations regarding the operation of ATVs and UTVs in public roads.
While this article has provided a comprehensive overview of the street-legal laws on ATVs and UTVs in this state, it is important that you consult your local city Police Department or County Sheriff’s Office for more specific and accurate information regarding ATV and UTV regulations. Because state laws can change over time and regulations differ between jurisdictions, the information presented here may not provide the most up-to-date or region-specific details.
Remember that street legality is determined by state and local laws, and it is your responsibility as an ATV or UTV owner to ensure that you are operating your vehicle within the legal boundaries while also getting the most fun out of it.