Texas Statute 7-C-551A.052 (OHV license plates; license plates fully approved by the highway are not issued) With respect to off-road vehicle laws, OHVs that have not been legalized on the highway can only be driven on Texas public roads in certain circumstances, in which all occupants must wear a helmet, eye protection and a seat belt if fitted. This means that local authorities will likely expect you to do the same when driving a legal UTV on the road that is registered outside the state. The Texas Motorcycle Helmet Act states that motorcyclists and motor cyclists over the age of 21 are not required to wear a helmet if they have adequate health insurance or have successfully completed an official motorcycle safety course. However, a road-approved UTV does not fall into any of these categories in Texas. Below is a list of each public country where the use of ATVs and UTVs is legally permitted: The OHV mark is also separate from the OHV sticker. OHV stickers are required by law for anyone who operates an OHV in Texas at an OHV location located on Texas crown land or on land that has received OHV grants from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. In addition to the Texas OHV registration, Texas offers an off-road vehicle license plate. This differs from standard off-road certification in that it allows PHEVs to use public roads in areas where the plate is required. OHV license plates have the same equipment requirements as a standard registration. An OHV license plate is not required to use OHV zones in Texas, nor does it make a UTV in Texas fully legal on the road. Similarly, a standard OHV registration and sticker are not required to obtain Texas OHV license plates. The OHV license plate does not guarantee road legality in other states.

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. In Texas, everything is bigger, including the distance between the best off-road places in the state. With so much ground to cover and so little time to drive, have you ever wished you could leave the truck and trailer behind and drive your UTV directly on the trails? A legal UTV on the road in Texas would give you the freedom to drop the tow truck, drive Galveston`s beautiful beach roads, make your way to Barnwell Mountain, and tame Escondido Draw`s shredded carts while your truck is parked at home. ATVs/ROVs/SXS cannot be operated on public roads, roads or highways, including right-of-way. -The driver of an all-terrain vehicle may drive the vehicle on a public road, road or highway that is not a highway or highway with limited access if: In the event of a component failure (driveshaft, transmission, engine, etc.), we do not know how each OEM can interpret warranty coverage for vehicles traveling on the road. Most ORVs have powertrains that are designed for a surface that has and gives some flexibility (dirt, mud, fields). Asphalt and concrete do not allow tires to slip and not only accelerate tire wear, but also put pressure on the powertrain components. It is possible (and probably likely) that most OEMs will reject some warranty claims for vehicles that have been used on the road. You could have fun while our team of experts registers your UTV as a road recording on your behalf.

We take care of the DMV directly so you don`t have to. Because if you`re like us, you`d rather have a face full of mud than an office full of paperwork. The TxDMV is required to issue an off-road vehicle permit (ATV, ROV, UTV and sand rails), but these vehicles are not eligible for registration. Off-road vehicles are eligible to receive an off-road vehicle license plate, and you can obtain an off-road vehicle license plate from your tax assessor office. The license plate of off-road vehicles will be available for issuance in early 2020. For driver`s license requirements to drive one of these vehicles, contact your local law enforcement agency. Texans who buy off-road vehicles in other states owe usage taxes to Texas. Details on the payment of the user fee can be found here: comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/sales/use-tax.php. It is also important to note that the majority of off-road vehicles are not designed for use on the road, and the title of these vehicles will indicate that they are designed for off-road use only.

A VRO does not have to meet federal collision standards, and they do not include specific safety features such as airbags, bumpers, anti-lock braking system, traction control, safety windows, etc., and they may not withstand well in the event of an accident. To operate an ATV or UTV on public property or on a Texas beach, you must have a safety certificate issued by Texas or another state. Learn More About Texas Off-Road: Texas PHEV FAQ Since ATVs and ATVs are not allowed on state wildlife management lands or Type II permit lands, they are not very useful for hunting in Texas. The exception to this rule is if the ATV or UTV operator has a license plate or sign that is currently deactivated. In this case, the operator may drive their ATV or UTV directly to and from their hunting site, but these cannot be used for other recreational purposes. (ATVs and motorcycles only) Silverton/Briscoe County 139 South Mackenzie Road Silverton, TX 79257 806-633-4335 1) Have a TPWD OHV sticker available and place it on the ATV, and generally ATV use is not allowed on Texas public roads. The exemptions apply to (1) a farmer or rancher who travels less than 25 miles; (2) a public service worker; or (3) a law enforcement officer. Course Requirements and Options: Texas OHV Safety Course Guide To be considered a commercial vehicle in Texas, an OHV must be “developed by the manufacturer primarily for utility work rather than recreational purposes.” PHEVs used for industrial, governmental, agricultural and agricultural purposes often fall into this category and may benefit from extended exemptions for road traffic, such as an exemption from the need for an OHV licence plate or permission to use more roads. Contact the DMV or local authorities to find out what your use case is eligible for. 9) have a safety certificate or be with an adult who has received a safety certificate (ATVs, motorcycles, ROV and full-size ROV) Red River Bureau of Land Management lands along the Texas side of Red River Clay, Wichita & Wilbarger BLM Tulsa Field Office counties: 918-621-4400 BLM Moore Field Office: 405-794-9624 For these reasons and for safety reasons, We recommend: Wear a headset if you`re using a UTV on Texas public roads. (Buggies of the dunes, ATVs and motorcycles) Near Fabens/El Paso County San Felipe Road/CR 793 Fabens, TX 79838 (motorcycles and bicycles only) Austin/Travis County 1706 City Park Road Austin, TX 78730 512-346-1831 Lights must be on from 1/2 hour after sunset until 1/2 hour before sunrise and with limited visibility Provide this code regarding helmet and eye protection use, Safety certifications and other vehicle restrictions do not apply to this subsection.

Register online, by phone or in person: Texas Parks & Wildlife: Buy OHV stickers (ATVs, motorcycles and ROVs) Lubbock County 9999 High Meadow Road Lubbock, TX 79404 806-747-3353 10) If the operator is under 14 years of age, be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 4) The headlights and taillights of the vehicle are on Help us improve this section! There appear to be inconsistencies between the Texas DMV website and Texas statutes regarding off-road vehicle license plates. When does a person need it? What is the advantage of having one? Does your maximum speed change if you have one? We contacted the Texas DMV, but we couldn`t get closer to their understanding.