In Montana, occupants under the age of 18 must wear a helmet when using four-wheeled vehicles, motorcycles, and off-road vehicles. You do not need to wear a helmet when driving a licensed UTV on Montana roads unless you are under the age of 18. In some areas of OHV, different rules may apply, as explained below. Only ATVs that have been declared “legal on the road” can be legally driven on public, non-interstate roads, and highways in Montana. Children between the ages of 12 and 16 must have a safety certificate and be accompanied by a driver authorized to drive on public roads, including some forest service roads and BLMs. Non-residents and vehicles registered as approved in other states: You will need a special sticker for temporary use by non-residents issued by Montana if your vehicle remains in Montana for more than 30 days. This approval expires on December 31 of the year of purchase and is required even if you already have a valid OHV registration elsewhere – in Montana, there is no reciprocity in the OHV registration. Continuing our series of articles analyzing atV laws in each state that emerged from this article, this article examines ATV laws in Montana. It should also be noted that although I am a lawyer, I am not your lawyer and I do not give legal advice. If you have any questions, you should consult a local lawyer.

These factors make Montana the perfect place to get a UTV road license, even if you don`t live there. To drive an ATV or UTV on the road, it must be registered as a motor vehicle and have an appropriate license plate. Of course, the operator must also have a valid driver`s license. Parts and equipment: Reciprocal agreements also stipulate that a vehicle needs only the equipment necessary for the state in which it is registered. This means that a Montana four-wheeled vehicle can be driven elsewhere without the need to add parts or pass inspections in other areas. However, if you want to spend a lot of time in one place with your own legal UTV program on the road, it may be a good idea to meet these local equipment requirements. In addition, helmet laws must be followed from state to state. Learn more about other countries here. The final step in this process is to go to your local district treasurer`s office to pay your fees and complete your registration on all four wheels. Find your local office here.

Note that you should not drive your UTV to the treasurer`s office unless it is already legal on the road. At that time, you must pay the quadricycle registration fee specified in the Montana Department of Justice fee schedule and the title fee listed at the top of Form MV-1. In some situations, additional charges may apply. When your fee is paid, you should immediately receive a Montana license plate and your Montana title and records should be sent to you in about a month. Visit Montana with an existing registration (legal or not) Montana residents and vehicles registered as homologated for the road in Montana: You must obtain a permanent OHV registration for your UTV. Starting January 1, 2020, you`ll also need a Montana VHR Trail Pass if you want to use public lands and hiking trails. Appropriate stickers must be placed in a conspicuous place on the vehicle. Having a legal UTV on the road in Montana means driving from Bozeman to Jackson Hole, from Billings to the Black Hills, or from Butte to Glacier no different from driving a car. You can roll your heart on your favorite trails and go home without a truck and trailer holding you back. This freedom extends even to other states – a registration in Montana can make your UTV route legal almost anywhere in the country. The solution? Out-of-state applicants may choose to form an LLC in Montana and register their legal four-wheeled vehicle on the road with that LLC. As a business, a Montana LLC is an established resident of Montana, but the owner does not have to be.

All the benefits of four-wheeled registration in Montana continue to apply — no inspections, no emissions tests, and no registration renewal — and because your UTV is registered with the LLC, its registration and license plate can stay in Montana for as long as you want. Unlike most states where you`ll get a restrictive OHV plate or no plate at all, your UTV as a Montana four-wheeled vehicle will be recognized as legal on the road in other states. This means that you can drive freely in other parts of the country, with the exception of some areas where UTVs of all kinds conflict with local laws. This guide will give you a complete understanding of how legal UTV recordings work on the Montana route and how to get one, what the restrictions are, and what`s possible without one. We`ll also cover advanced topics such as using OHV zones with a legal UTV on the road and registering your machine by a Montana LLC without you or the vehicle visiting Montana. To make your ATV legal on the road, you need to equip it with a horn, mirrors on both sides, brake lights and headlights. You must also register the ATV as a motor vehicle and present an appropriate permit. If you drive an ATV on the road, you must always have your driver`s license with you. Sale of a four-wheeled vehicle: Montanais quadricycle registrations are permanent for the current owner without renewal.

If the registration is transferred to someone else, the new owner must apply for a new four-wheeled registration so that road legality can continue. If you used our services to obtain road approval, the new owner should receive a title from you and would only need to purchase our UTV recording service to continue to be legal on the road. Next, print a copy of the montana MVD Form MV-1 and fill it in. In addition, you must provide proof of existing ownership for the UTV. This can be a current title (in-state or out-of-state), an OSM/MCO, or proof of active road registration from a state that does not issue titles for UTVs.