Safety training is mandatory for anyone born after July 1, 1987. Those 16 and
older can complete an online safety class. Youth age 11 to 16 must complete both
an online course and hands-on safety. For more information, go to www.dnr.state.
OHM drivers under 16 years old are required to have an OHM Certificate
to operate on public lands, frozen waters, and state or Grant-in-Aid trails in
Minnesota. Students 11 and older can earn the certificate through an online safety
course. Students 10 and under need to complete a special DNR Safety CD course.
For more information, go to www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/vehicle/ohm.
ORVs may not be operated by anyone under age 16. An ORV environmental and
safety training course is available on CD for persons 16 or older. The course covers
ORV familiarization, operation procedures, laws, towing procedures, ethics, safety
hazards and environmental considerations. For a CD, contact the DNR Information
Center at 1-888-646-6367 or 651-296-6157.
another state. The trail pass grants access to Minnesota's state or Grant-in-Aid trails.
Trail passes are not required if the machine is limited to riding on property owned by the
machine owner, spouse, child or parent.
Non-resident passes may be purchased by phone, online or in-person. For 2016, the
fees are $21 for an annual pass. Offroad vehicles (trucks) have the option of a three-year
pass for $31. Some processing fees may apply, and duplicate passes are available.
(including many convenience stores).
to operate in Minnesota, with very few exceptions. This includes ORVs licensed for highway use,
such as motorcycles and trucks, that are also operated on designated trails.
Machines can be registered at any DMV office, at the DNR office in St. Paul or online at www.
mndnr.gov. The cost for registration varies, and is valid for three years.
Class 1 is an ATV with a total width of 50 inches or less.
Class 2 is an ATV with a total width that is greater than 50 inches but not more than 65
Vehicles not considered ATVs include golf carts, mini-trucks, dune buggies, or go carts or
a vehicle designed and used specifically for lawn maintenance, agriculture, logging or mining
vehicle drivers need to pay attention that their particular vehicle is allowed on each road
and on designated trails. ATV travel off routes, roads and designated trail is
prohibited except when hunter/trapper exception applies.
roads and trails designated for a vehicle type. ATV travel off of signed motor
vehicles trails or forest roads is prohibited except when hunter/trapper exception