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Colorado OHV Registration Requirements

"All OHVs owned and operated in Colorado (including motor vehicles and motorcycles that are not licensed for public road access) must display current Colorado OHV registration stickers when in a person’s possession in an OHV staging area or operated on any designated OHV trails or routes in Colorado.

Colorado OHV Use Permit Requirements

“All OHVs and motor vehicles (including motorcycles) that display a valid Colorado or out-of -state license plate must also display a current Colorado OHV use permit sticker when operated on any designated OHV trails in Colorado."


“All out of state OHVs (including OHVs that display an out of state OHV registration) must also display a current Colorado OHV use permit sticker when operated on any designated OHV trails or routes in Colorado.”

OHV Permit

Register Your Ride!

Visit the Colorado Parks & Wildlife website to read more information on how to purchase OHV registrations and permits, and the projects that the OHV Registration program funds, call (303) 791-1920, or visit one of the OHV Registration Locations.


Colorado Resident Owned Equipment


Trail Type
Full sized
plated
Full sized
non-plated
UTV
Plated
UTV
non-plated
ATV
plated
ATV
non-plated
Dirt Bike
Plated
Dirt Bike
non-plated
Road closed to OHVs OK Not Allowed Not Allowed Not Allowed Not Allowed Not Allowed OK Not Allowed
Road open to OHVs OK Registration OK Registration Permit Registration OK Registration
Jeep Trails Permit Registration Permit Registration Permit Registration Permit Registration
UTV Trails Not Allowed Not Allowed Permit Registration Permit Registration Permit Registration
ATV Trails Not Allowed Not Allowed Not Allowed Not allowed Permit Registration Permit Registration
Motorized Single Track Not Allowed Not Allowed Not Allowed Not Allowed Not Allowed Not Allowed Permit Registration

Non-Resident Owned Equipment


Trail Type
Full sized
plated
Full sized
non-plated
UTV
Plated
UTV
non-plated
ATV
plated
ATV
non-plated
Dirt Bike
Plated
Dirt Bike
non-plated
Road closed to OHVs OK Not Allowed OK Not Allowed OK Not Allowed OK Not Allowed
Road open to OHVs OK Permit OK Permit OK Permit OK Permit
Jeep Trails Permit Permit Permit Permit Permit Permit Permit Permit
UTV Trails Not Allowed Not Allowed Permit Permit Permit Permit Permit Permit
ATV Trails Not Allowed Not Allowed Not Allowed Not Allowed Permit Permit Permit Permit
Motorized Single Track Not Allowed Not Allowed Not Allowed Not Allowed Not Allowed Not Allowed Permit Permit

Notes:

  • Roads open to OHVs means federal roads specifically open (through MVUM or RTMP) to OHV use or state, county, or municipal open to OHV use through ordinance and signage.
  • Jeep trails means trails as noted by MVUM or RTMP as being open to full sized vehicles and labeled as trails and specifically not as roads.
  • UTV trails means trails noted on MVUM or RTMP as trails open to vehicles (including UTVs or side-by-sides) but closed to full sized vehicles. This notation is usually accompanied by a posted width restriction (i.e. 64").
  • ATV trails means trails as noted on MVUM or RTMP designated for vehicles up to 50" wide.
  • Motorized Single Track means trails less than 24' wide designed for 2 wheeled vehicles where both wheels travel in the same track such as dirt bikes or mountain bikes (i.e. not Segway type machines).
  • Colorado does not currently have a program that allows licensing (i.e., license plates) of ATVs and Side-by-Sides (UTVs) for highway use. These vehicles are never street legal in Colorado even if licensed and plated in their home state. These vehicles must have a valid Colorado OHV registration or permit to be used on trails on public lands in Colorado.

Exceptions for non-residents:

  • If a non-resident owned vehicle is in the State of Colorado for more than 30 consecutive days, then Colorado registration through DMV (plated vehicles) or CPW (OHVs) is required.
  • If a non-resident owned vehicle is owned by a resident of a state that has no registration program, then a Colorado registration through CPW is required.

Please Note: Colorado does NOT grant reciprocity for OHV/snowmobile registrations to other state OHV/snowmobile registration programs.


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