Oregon State Motorcycle Laws

Off Road


Oregon law considers all vehicles intended for off-highway use to be all-terrain vehicles.

Class I ATV: Quads, Three-wheelers

Class II ATV: Jeeps, Sand Rails, SUVs

Class III ATV: Motorcycles

Class IV ATV: Side-by-sides 

Eye Protection

Not Required


Required after sunset

Foot pegs

Required for both rider and passenger.

Maximum Sound Level

99 dBA - Stationary Test at 20 inches. Note: This figure is the maximum sound level. Standards vary from city to city and county to county.

Minimum Operator Age

ATV's: No minimum age, based on Rider Fit Criteria. Motorcycles: 7 years old


Operating muffler and exhaust system under 99 db

Note: in the Oregon Coast dunes, a vehicle's muffler must be at or below 93-97 db, depending on the area.

Operator License

ATV safety education card required for operation on public land; see http://www.rideatvoregon.org for details. 

Operators with a suspended or revoked driver’s license may not operate any class ATV.

Effective July 1, 2012: youth under age 16 operative a class IV ATV will need to obtain an operator permit.


Required by law

Rider Education Certification

All operators must possess a valid OPRD ATV Safety Education Card.  Youth under 16 must also have hands-on training. 

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Rider Fit

A class I operator under the age of 16 must meet all the minimum physical size requirements in relationship to the vehicle.

Safety Flag

Required when operating on sand.

Safety Helmet

Operators and passengers under age 18 must wear a DOT-approved motorcycle helmet with the chin strap fastened.

Spark Arrestor



All youth operators under age 16 must be supervised by an adult.


Required after sunset


Required after dark.


Oregon DMV does not require titling or registering class I, II, III or IV ATVs used solely off-highway.  However, class II and III ATVs used both off and on regular roads are required to be titled and registered.  DMV offers optional titles, without registration, for class I, II and III ATVs used solely off-highway.

Trails Program

ATV Program, Ride ATV Oregon