Street Legal ATVs/UTVs: Regulations in your State
Oct 19th 2022
I don't have psychic abilities, but chances are, if you are on this blog, you are bloody confused about whether you can ride your CFMoto down the street without being put on the most wanted list in your town or not! I agree laws and rules around ATVs/UTVs are as confusing as algebra class in your high school. And it gets really frustrating when you try to get the long-winded ‘legalese’ of Govt documents online, and it doesn’t make sense to you. Because no matter how hard you try, you know, you are not an attorney fresh-out-of-yale.
So whether you want to take your CFMoto Zforce for a short drive to the local workshop to replace that torn CV boot or some weekend camping.
Or you are just a regular farmer with CFMoto Uforce looking to familiarize yourself with laws around your new toy. To make it easy for you to know your state laws and so that you don't have to do a four-year degree in criminal justice.
We have jotted down a list of all US states and gathered answers to the only question you have in mind ‘Can You Make Your UTV Street Legal in Your State?’.
|State||Can You Make Your UTV Street Legal in Your State?||Verdict|
|Alabama||Only under specified circumstances, such as when farming, maintaining utilities, or in the course of law enforcement, may off-highway vehicles be used on public highways. On Alabama's highways, OHVs are not permitted to be operated by the general public.||No|
|Alaska||On public highways in Alaska with 45 mph speed restrictions, four-wheelers, and other "all-purpose vehicles" are legal to use.||Yes|
|Arizona||You can register and make your vehicle street legal such as installing a license plate||Yes|
|Arkansas||In Arkansas, it is illegal to operate UTVs and other comparable off-road vehicles on public roads and highways.||No|
|California||UTVs, under California law, cannot become street legal vehicles||No|
|Colorado||Off-highway vehicles (OHV) will not be permitted on any public streets, roads, or highways.||No|
|Connecticut||Cannot be operated on public highways||No|
|Delaware||You cannot operate on streets, and public highways||No|
ATV/UTV use is prohibited on public streets. Under 35 mph during the day, you can ride an ATV on unpaved public roads.
|Georgia||You are not allowed to operate ATV/UTV on public roads||No|
|Hawaii||ATVs and UTVs are prohibited from using public roadways unless certain requirements are met.||No|
|Idaho||You can ride your ATV/UTV on roads with certain conditions but not on highways||Yes|
|Illinois||ATVs/UTVs cannot operate on public roads and highways||No|
|Indiana||Not permitted to use public roads and highways, but check your local county laws||No|
|Iowa||There are some routes where you can operate an ATV or UTV, but you must have insurance.||No|
|Kansas||When driving an ATV/UTV on authorized roads, you must adhere to specific requirements.||Yes|
|Kentucky||ATV/UTV use is not permitted on most roads and highways unless approved by authorities.||No|
|Louisiana||ATVs and UTVs can both be driven on the shoulder of the road during the day, but UTVs are subject to tougher laws.||Yes|
Conditionally allowed on streets but not on highways
|Maryland||Prohibited use on all roads||No|
|Massachusetts||Restricts the use of ATVs/UTVs on public streets||No|
|Michigan||Street use is allowed under certain conditions, but no highways||Yes|
|Allows on public streets but under strict conditions||Yes|
In Mississippi, using UTVs and other off-highway vehicles on public roadways is prohibited absent a town, city, or county ordinance approving such use.
|Missouri||Not permitted until otherwise deemed appropriate by local authorities.||No|
|Montana||ATV/UTV use on public streets is permitted if the vehicle has appropriate street legal accessories||Yes|
|Nebraska||Only acceptable in specific circumstances on two-lane roads and streets||Yes|
|Nevada||Strict prohibition of street and highway use of ATVs/UTVs||No|
|New Hampshire||Can drive on public roads posted as open for OHRV|
|New Jersey||Not allowed on public roads and streets; unless otherwise jurisdicted by local authorities||No|
|New Mexico||Not allowed on public highways and freeways, but you can drive on streets as per local jurisdiction|
Prohibits the street use of UTVs/ATVs
|North Carolina||generally prohibits the street legal use of ATVs in the state unless otherwise overruled by local jurisdiction||No|
|North Dakota||Allowed on streets and highways with a speed limit of 65 mph, if the vehicle is street legal||Yes|
|Ohio||Prohibits street level use of ATVs/UTVs unless for emergency rides or certain other conditions||No|
|Oklahoma||Generally prohibits ATV/UTVs street level use, but conditionally allowed to operate|
|Oregon||Not allowed to drive your ATV/UTV on street, roads and highways||no|
|Pennsylvania||Conditionally allowed on very few occasions, but generally not allowed to operate ATV/UTVs on public roads/ streets and highways||No|
|Rhode Island||Prohibits the ATVs/UTVs on the roads||No|
|South Carolina||Strictly prohibits the use of UTV/ATVs on public roads and highways||No|
|South Dakota||You can register your UTV/ATV to be street legal||Yes|
|Tennessee||ATVs cannot be registered as street legal UTVs can be operated as street legal||Yes|
|Texas||ATVs/UTVs are not allowed on streets unless you qualify certain conditions||No|
|Utah||You can drive your ATV/UTV on roads if its equipped street legal||No|
|Vermont||Conditionally allowed under some circumstances otherwise prohibited||No|
|Virginia||Prohibits use of ATVs/UTVs on streets||No|
|Washington||Permits to operate on public roads if the vehicle is street legal||Yes|
|West Virginia||Conditionally allowed to use ATV/UTV on local streets (less than two lanes), but not on public roads and highways||Yes|
|Wisconsin||Conditionally allowed for farmers only||No|
|Wyoming||Conditionally allowed to use ATVs/UTVs on roads||Yes|
Keep in mind, these are State laws and rules, the actual rules of streets may vary as you go from states to counties and cities.If you are lucky enough to live in a state where you can drive your UTV by street legalizing it, then something like Street legal kits can be a lifesaver for you.