Enjoy the thrills. Avoid the spills.
An off-highway vehicle (OHV) is a motor vehicle capable of off-highway travel during winter or summer. OHVs include all-terrain vehicles (ATV), recreational off-highway vehicles (ROV), utility task vehicles (UTV), four-wheelers, three-wheelers, dirt and trail bikes and snowmobiles.
In 2021, OHVs were involved in 55 crashes resulting in 5 fatalities and 59 injuries.
North Dakota OHV Laws
Learn more about OHV laws.
- Riders and passengers under the age of 18 are required to wear a DOT-approved helmet when riding an OHV, including dirt bikes, ATVs and side-by-sides.
OHVs continue to gain popularity in North Dakota, but an increasingly significant issue is the lack of helmet use by riders. Helmets reduce the risk of death in a crash by 42% (Consumer Products Safety Commission).
What to look for in a helmet:
Learn more about choosing the right helmet and where to purchase the best helmet for you through North Dakota Parks and Rec.
- Helmet fits properly - Should be snug and fasten securely.
- Not outdated - Helmets have a shelf life of approximately 5-8 years.
- Not cracked or damaged - A damaged helmet can allow almost as much damage as no helmet at all.
- Provides maximum protection - Common injuries include dental and facial damage, so consider a full face helmet.
Additional protective gear and clothing:
- Eye protection
- Long pants
- Long sleeved shirt or jacket
- Over-the-ankle boots
In addition to wearing the right gear, taking a safety class is very beneficial, especially for youth. ND Parks and Rec offers safety classes as well as information on permits and registration and where you can ride in North Dakota. Visit their website for more information.